Our long-time work to protect, preserve and steward the lands surrounding our drinking water reservoirs is only possible by the good and tireless energies of our volunteers and regular staff.  Those of us running the organization dedicate hundreds of unpaid hours per year to keeping the organization viable and business compliant.  

If you are a good organizer, communicator, worker-bee, and nature lover, we need your help in the public arena and behind  the scenes. To volunteer or for further information, please contact us immediately at 201-666-1877

Bergen SWAN Goals

Land Conservation

Bergen SWANs primary focus has been on the preservation of the natural lands surrounding the drinking water supply reservoirs in Bergen and Rockland counties. To date, we have been a major force in saving over 3,300 acres from residential and commercial development.  We work with numerous national and regional land trusts to negotiate land preservation deals.  In 1997, we established the Hackensack River Watershed Fund to facilitate the financing of local watershed lands threatened with development.

Bergen SWAN actively promotes, supports the passage of, and defends open space and environmental protection legislation.  Among these are:

Environmental Restoration

SWAN works toward restoring the ecological integrity of the watershed by:


Through sponsorship of educational workshops, school lectures, and outdoor events, we give students, citizens, and public policy makers a new vision of our watershed buffer forests to motivate them to work toward protecting these lands and enhancing their natural beauty and functioning.  We have helped create passive recreation nature trails in Emerson Woods and at Poplar Sanctuary in River Vale.

Bergen SWAN History 

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