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Living with the Future in Mind
Goals and Indicators for New Jersey's Quality of Life
First Annual Update to the Sustainable State Project Report 2000
PROTECTED NATURAL RESOURCES
GOAL: Maintain New Jersey’s natural resource base. 
Our state is rich in natural resources. The Pine Barrens supplied the Revolution with timber and iron. Our farmland and the aquifers that fill our streams, rivers, and lakes are among the richest in the world. But our farmland has dropped, from 2 million acres in 1950 to fewer than 1 million acres. In recent times, we’ve begun to protect our dwindling natural resources with mixed results. We’ve altered as much as 39 percent of the state’s colonial wetlands, yet have improved our protection of the state’s coastline from pollution. There’s much left to do.

What we know

Energy consumption increasing

Farmland decreasing

Beach closing decreasing

Preserverved and developed land both increasing

What we don't know

• The economic value of the services provided to us, for free, by our natural resources, such as clean water, air, and recreation.

• The amount of forested and undeveloped land that is consumed in New Jersey each year.

• The full extent of the actual quality and quantity of our natural water supply.

• The amount of energy we use, and that is possible to make, from sustainable, renewable sources.

• What natural resources we consume in New Jersey that are imported from other states and countries.

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