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.
by Steve Kallesser, Division chair Hopefully, each of us has a vision of what success looks like. Perhaps it is a well-regulated forest where regeneration and understory quality is not a problem; where wildlife populations are thriving. Perhaps it is a well-planned municipality where tree cover is growing; where connectivity exists to larger forests beyond; where residents value their trees and forests. Perhaps it is a watershed providing the highest quality drinking water possible; where recreation opportunities are plentiful and people are engaged with the land and forest (and its stewardship). Perhaps it is a healthy forest ecosystem, where natural processes are occurring or are being adequately mimicked; where carbon is being sequestered; and where fire is a healthy – not catastrophic – part of life. Maybe your vision is a little different than mine, but that’s alright. (As Mayor Ed Koch said, “If you agree with me on 9 [...]
by Steve Kallesser, Division Chair Today, the NJ Division of the Allegheny SAF -- through its members and friends -- have asked New Jersey's senators and members of Congress to come together around a comprehensive solution to wildfire funding. The Society of American Foresters has been active in the Partner Caucus on Fire Suppression Funding Solutions -- a broad coalition of conservation and environmental organizations. That coalition is calling for (1) addressing the continued erosion of agency budgets given increasing wildfire costs, (2) access to disaster funding for extremely costly fires, (3) and reduction in the need to transfer funds from non-suppression accounts and programs. Today's wildfire funding situation consistently short-changes states like New Jersey by taking from programs that benefit our residents and advance forest science, in order to send that money out west. Regardless of what state you live in, this has been a problem for years and [...]
2014 harvest to create early seral habitat in Warren Couty. Picture taken in June 2016. Photo by Steve Kallesser by Steve Kallesser, Division Chair Under the various storylines considered as part of the Future Forests methodology, several key findings were made. Most pertinent to New Jersey, the oak-hickory forest cover type in forecast to decrease. This is due to losses from both land use conversion (to urban uses) and from lack of disturbance (conversion to maple-beech-birch). This, combined with a gradual increase in median diameter classes (a proxy for forest stand age) represents the greatest threat to tree species richness in the northern forests. Also pertinent to New Jersey, open-canopy forest habitat is projected to decline in favor of closed-canopy forest habitat. The report gives the caveat that open-canopy habitat is expected to be maintained or slightly increase if there is increased harvesting for biomass, but it projects [...]
by Melanie McDermott, Science & Technology Committee The results of the Northern Forest Futures Project (NFFP) can be useful tools to promote clear thinking and discussion about how forestland management decisions in New Jersey can enhance the widest range of social and economic benefits over the long term. These results are made easily accessible in two products: one is the report, with a chapter on socioeconomic benefits briefly reviewed here, and the other is an interactive, online tool (Northern Forest Futures Projections Dashboard). The Forest Futures report predicts a decline in hunting between now and 2060. (photo courtesy USDA Forest Service) The Dashboard allows the user to select one of about 20 forest stock and harvest attributes, specify one of seven future scenarios, and view the resulting projections of that attribute at the state level out to 2060. The dashboard and the underlying NFFP models include no socioeconomic [...]