Welcome to the website of the New Jersey Division of the Allegheny Society of American Foresters. We hope that our members and others who are interested in ecology and conservation issues find this a useful and reliable source of up-to-date information on forest-related issues.
Clean water is the most valuable commodity produced by healthy forests. Learn how foresters protect this resource. (photo by Steve Kallesser) by Steve Kallesser, CF, Division Chair As the professional society for foresters and forest conservationists in New Jersey, it is our duty to use our knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic to ensure the continued health, integrity, and use of forests to benefit society in perpetuity. Therefore, we must do our part to advance the knowledge of policymakers and the general public in regards to forests and their proper care. Our Science & Technology Committee (Andy Bennett, chair) and our Communications Committee (Doug Tavella, chair) have worked hard to develop two fact sheets on critical subjects. Those fact sheets contain the most accurate and recent scientific information on various subjects, and are written so that lay people can understand them. New Jersey Forests, Forestry, and Your Water explains [...]
Attached is an excellent video showing the prescribed burn at Pine Valley Golf Club in Camden County, and a great description on why fire is important for pitch pine forests. Prescribed burns are an important part of silviculture, and one of the most important disturbances in New Jersey's dynamic, disturbance-dependent forest ecosystems. Thank you to Bob Williams, CF of Pine Creek Forestry, LLC for sharing this video. Click here to view.
courtesy of the Town of Morristown and Morristowngreen.com Today, the Town of Morristown and the Morristown Shade Tree Commission, was announced as a winner of TD Green Streets, a grant program from TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation supporting innovation in urban forestry. The $20,000 grant will fund projects throughout Morristown, including planting new trees and shrubs in front of the new Morristown High School building this Arbor Day with assistance from a local landscape artist. On Saturday, April 22, 2017, a fun filled event open to the public will be facilitated by the high school’s STEM academy students in collaboration with the Morristown Shade Tree Commission and town arborist Richard Wolowicz (a member of the Society of American Foresters). In celebration of Arbor Day, the event will include educational tables run by some of the students and the unveiling of the tree garden planted in front of the [...]
by Danielle Watson, Asst. Director of Gov't. Affairs & External Relations, SAF photo courtesy of SAF While there has been a whirlwind of activity lately here in DC and in town hall meetings across the country, uncertainty still abounds as issues like healthcare reform and immigration take center stage and dominate discussions. Meanwhile, the team at SAF has been busy coordinating with partners and reaching out to agency and congressional champions on strategies for advocating for priority issues. This week, on behalf of the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition, SAF and American Forests will be taking urban forestry professionals to visit their congressional delegations to discuss the importance of federal funding for urban and community forestry activities, and how they contribute to economic growth, job creation, and improved community health and wellness. As supporting organizations of Water Week 2017, we will also be highlighting how and why forests and trees should be [...]