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May 2019

Registration for Tree Farm Day 2019 Now Open

2019-05-09T09:02:23-05:00May 9th, 2019|General News, Headlines|

The NJ Tree Farm Committee asked for the following to be shared: Friday June 7th is New Jersey Tree Farm Day, to be held in Vineland, NJ.  Register here: Date: Friday June 7th, 2019 (Rain or Shine) Time: 8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m. (Registration & breakfast - 8:30-9:15 AM) - PLEASE TRY TO BE PROMPT Place: Tree Farm of Landis Sewage Authority, 1776 South Mill Road, Vineland, NJ 08360 Cost: $35.00 for one and $25.00 each additional person (kids under 18 free) - Healthy continental breakfast and lunch [...]

January 2019

Registration now open for 2019 annual training

2019-01-09T08:17:31-05:00January 9th, 2019|General News, Headlines|

NJDSAF's annual training will be held on Thursday February 7, 2019 at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown, NJ.  An agenda and mail-in registration can be found here:  Online registration can be found here: The Division's program committee did an excellent job to put together a compelling agenda full of engaging speakers on three of the most important topics facing foresters today.  We have speakers from both the NJ Department of Agriculture and Penn State Extension speaking on spotted lanternfly and what it means for [...]

November 2018

SAF: Sustaining Forests and Leaders for the Future

2018-11-19T10:53:39-05:00November 15th, 2018|General News, Headlines|

story and photo by Steve Kallesser, Immediate Past-Chair, NJ Division, Allegheny SAF Forestry professionals from Maine to West Virginia gathered last week to take their love of forests and the natural world and apply that to leadership in their area.  Twenty-five members of the Society of American Foresters within New England, New York, and the Allegheny area were selected by their peers to be part of the 1st annual Northeast/Mid-Atlantic SAF Leadership Academy.  They learned about aspects of leadership (including methods of working with, listening, and communicating [...]

Beneficial Forestry Practices for Bats Guide Released

2018-11-06T14:18:25-05:00November 6th, 2018|General News, Headlines|

The following is courtesy of the US Fish & Wildlife Service: "Forest managers and wildlife biologists desiring to improve or maintain forest habitat for bat species affected by white-nose syndrome now have a new reference tool to inform their management decisions: Beneficial Forest Management Practices for WNS-affected Bats: Voluntary Guidance for Land Managers and Woodland Owners in the Eastern United States (see link below). This guidance document was written by the White-Nose Syndrome Response Team’s Conservation and Recovery Working Group and summarizes research on bat [...]

September 2018

Registration for 2nd Annual Charles Newlon Forestry Forum is now open

2018-09-18T20:19:23-05:00September 18th, 2018|General News, Headlines|

Registration has just opened for the 2nd annual Charles Newlon Forestry Forum.  The featured speaker is Dr. Bronson Griscom, Director, Forest Carbon Science, The Nature Conservancy.  The title of his talk is “Natural Climate Solutions: How Northeastern Forests Can Help Solve the Climate Problem.”  We look forward to this excellent dinner talk to be held at Duke Farms (The Coach Barn), in Hillsborough, NJ on Wednesday October 3 at 7pm. For more information on the event, click here. To purchase a ticket, click here.

March 2018

Can Drones Change the Way Farmland Assessment Paperwork is Filed?

2018-03-30T12:51:04-05:00March 30th, 2018|General News, Headlines|

by Andrew Bennett, Science & Technology committee chair photo courtesy Domtar Corporation “I’ll never get a cell phone.”  I remember when I confidently uttered those words to so many of my friends back in my college days, but sometime before I graduated in 2003 I was the proud owner of a flip phone.  Fifteen years later, it is hard to exist in this world without some sort of cell phone…and you are in the minority if you’re running a business without a "smart" phone.  As the [...]

December 2017

Newlon Forum: A Social Scientist’s Perspective

2017-12-15T13:46:44-05:00December 15th, 2017|General News|

Dr. Jerry Franklin (r) walks into the audience to take questions at the end of the Charles Newlon Forestry Forum. (graphic courtesy of the Good Stewards Coalition) story by Melanie Hughes McDermott, science & technology committee Last October, the audience attending the First Annual Charles Newlon Forestry Forum was treated to a fascinating account of the evolution and future directions of the science and practice of forestry from of one of its key proponents and influencers for the past half century, University of [...]

Keep an Eye on Your Oaks!

2017-12-14T11:07:59-05:00December 14th, 2017|General News, Headlines|

Bacterial leaf scorch affecting red oak. (photo by Pam Zipse) by Pam Zipse (Rutgers Urban Forestry Program) and Rosa Yoo (DEP State Forestry Service) This article originally appeared in the NJ Woodland Stewards Program online newsletter, and was reprinted with permission. There are several serious diseases that can attack our oak trees in New Jersey. Two that are of increasing concern are bacterial leaf scorch and oak wilt. This article is intended to help increase your awareness of these two diseases of oaks, explain [...]

Newlon Forum: A Consulting Forester’s Perspective

2017-12-13T09:45:57-05:00December 13th, 2017|General News, Headlines|

The view from Point Mountain overlooking the Musconetcong River valley. (photo by Steve Kallesser) by Doug Tavella, Appalachian Forestry Service It had been my privilege to hear Dr. Franklin speak in person at a Forest Guild-sponsored field tour in the Pinelands in 2013, and what I saw in the field and heard Dr. Franklin say rang true.  I have attempted to apply these principles to my work since that time. At the onset of Dr. Franklin’s talk at the recent Charles Newlon Forestry [...]

Forest Steward Wins Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for Restoring Quail

2017-12-13T10:07:29-05:00December 13th, 2017|General News, Headlines|

(from l to r) DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, forester Bob Williams, Stefanie Haines of PICC, John Parke from NJ Audubon, and David Zimmer of the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust (photo courtesy NJ Audubon) story adapted from DEP news release On December 11, the Christie Administration honored a diverse group of environmental stewards for their leadership and efforts to improve their communities through green practices designed to protect the environment.  The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards are the state’s premier environmental awards program for recognizing outstanding [...]