Forests Matter: Protecting Water Quality and Affecting People Where They Live

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 — New Brunswick, NJ  (agenda: click here)

Part I: Welcome

Welcome (Steve Kallesser, Chair)

An Update on the DEP State Forestry Service (John Sacco, DEP State Forester)

Part II: Water Quality and Regulatory Concerns for Forestry

Protecting and enhancing water quality in all forest stewardship contexts (Carrie Sargeant, DEP State Forestry Service)

Important metrics of water quality from forested watersheds (Jack Pflaumer, DEP Division of Water Monitoring & Standards, Water Quality Assessment Program)

When do changes in important metrics of water quality become meaningful? (Angela Gorczyca, Water Quality Manager, Raritan Headwaters)

Recent changes in regulations for the Flood Hazard Area Control Act (Armand Perez, DEP Bureau of Coastal & Land Use Compliance & Enforcement)

Current state of the Forestry & Wetlands Best Management Practices manual and opportunities for improvement (Jon Klischies & Bill Zipse, DEP State Forestry Service)

Part III: Sharing best practices and case studies

Chemical and physical soil conditions to consider during tree planting operations (Fred Schoenagel, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)

Case study: Paulins Kill and Wallkill River Watersheds (John Parke, New Jersey Audubon)

Case study: Floodplain Restoration in Residential Neighborhoods (Tekla Pontius Courtney, Rutgers University, Department of Landscape Architecture)