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Open space managers and conservationists at the beginning of the 21st century increasingly focused on climate change and pollution, which affected open space planning and open space management. They were concerned with developing ecological resiliency to mitigate the landscape scale (very big) changes caused by changes in temperature and groundwater recharge. Carlton Design negotiated the last easement acquisitions with the State as part of the Forest Legacy program, as all parties recognized that forest stewardship planning needed to replace benign neglect in managing large tracts of land. The easements created a preserved tract of over 33,000 acres in the New Jersey Highlands, the first step in forest stewardship planning that will create a resilient, regional landscape for generations to come.