Protect New Jersey’s Public Forests!
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New Jersey’s forests provide a powerful asset in mitigating the worst impacts of climate change; they are essential to the continued provision of clean and plentiful drinking water; they provide critical habitat for a wide diversity of species, many threatened and endangered, as well as spectacular opportunities for outdoor recreation.
However, our forests are also under immense pressure from competing interests, development pressures and environmental stressors. Considering the multitude of services that forests directly contribute to New Jersey’s quality of life and its role in climate mitigation, it is urgent that we adopt appropriate standards that protect the public’s investment in publicly owned forests. The New Jersey Highlands Coalition together with the members of our Natural Heritage Committee—experts in forest related sciences—are developing appropriate standards to recommend to lawmakers to better protect our public forests and enhance their natural resource values.
Senator Bob Smith is leading the development of legislation to address forest stewardship for publicly owned forests, for introduction in 2022. We welcome the Senator’s initiative to address this critical concern. For the past several years the New Jersey Highlands Coalition’s Natural Heritage Committee has been advocating for appropriate standards for managing our public forests.
The New Jersey Forests Forum is an opportunity to learn about the real threats to our forests and hear from experts in policy and science about the best, most current scientific thinking, with an aim to develop and implement regulations that will better protect our public forests and enhance their natural resource values.
The New Jersey Forests Forum will be held virtually on January 25, 2022 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM.
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Senator Bob Smith will introduce the Forum and highlight the objectives of the developing legislation, and an open Q&A will be facilitated by an independent moderator at the end.
- Elliott Ruga – Policy & Communications Director, NJ Highlands Coalition
- Emile DeVito, PhD – Science and Conservation Director, NJ Conservation Foundation
- Jay Kelly, PhD – Professor of Biology & Environmental Science, Raritan Valley Community College
- Leslie Sauer – Author, The Once and Future Forest
- Silvia Solaun – Executive Director, NJ Forest Watch
- Sara Webb, PhD – Professor Emerita Biology & Environmental Studies, Drew University
If you have any questions about the Forum or registration, please direct them to NJForestsForum@