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South Orange Among 8 NJ Towns to Receive Floodplain Reforestation Grants

Photo from South Orange River Day 2016: Dan Lipow of Wild Edibles (Richard Stephen Bell)

South Orange Township will be receiving a $3,785 grant from the Roots for Rivers Reforestation Grant and Technical Assistance Program for the Clark Street Reforestation Project.

From Sustainable Jersey:

Sustainable Jersey announced on February 18 that over $38,000 was awarded to eight New Jersey municipalities for floodplain reforestation projects. The Roots for Rivers Reforestation Grant and Technical Assistance Program is a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, The Watershed Institute and Sustainable Jersey.

The grant recipients are Oakland Borough (Bergen), Mount Holly Township (Burlington), Vineland City (Cumberland), South Orange Village (Essex), High Bridge Borough (Hunterdon), Asbury Park City (Monmouth), Bernardsville Borough (Somerset) and Springfield Township (Union). These communities will receive funding to cover the costs of tree saplings and protection. The trees will be planted by local volunteers.

Michelle DiBlasio, the Watershed Restoration Coordinator for the New Jersey Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, said, “Throughout much of the state, our floodplains have been deforested and left without trees to help filter water, absorb flooding, or cool the river for fish. One important way to help ensure we can continue to rely upon our precious natural water resources is to restore New Jersey’s floodplains—the critical land near our rivers’ banks. For the past five years, The Nature Conservancy has worked with local, state and federal partners in northwestern New Jersey to reforest the floodplains of a key tributary to the Delaware River, the Paulins Kill.”

Planting trees in places where the floodplains have been degraded will protect the lands and waters on which the people of New Jersey depend. “Sustainable Jersey values our partnership with The Nature Conservancy. These grants will help catalyze floodplain restoration efforts across the state,” explained Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey.

NJ County Grant Recipient Grant Project Title
Bergen Oakland Borough $4,672 Little Pond Brook Restoration Initiative
Burlington Mount Holly Township $3,878 Riparian Buffer Restoration at Mill Dam and Iron Works Park
Cumberland Vineland City $15,210 Enhancing the Wetlands at the Blackwater Branch and Maurice River EPA Superfund Site
Essex South Orange Village $3,785 Clark Street Reforestation Project
Hunterdon High Bridge Borough $1,256 High Bridge’s South Branch of the Raritan River Reforestation Project
Monmouth Asbury Park City $3,000 Sunset Lake Reforestation Project
Somerset Bernardsville Borough $2,200 Passaic River Headwaters Reforestation of Riparian Corridor
Union Springfield Township $4,807 Reforestation of Rahway River Parkway Flood Plain

About Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey is a non-profit that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 80 percent or 448 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 323 school districts and 843 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. In 2019, Sustainable Jersey is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a year-long program that will include special events to educate and engage the Sustainable Jersey community and create a vision for the future.

Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program. Program underwriters include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, the Surdna Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the PSEG Foundation. The Sustainable Jersey Grants Program for municipalities is funded by PSEG Foundation and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. Platinum sponsors are South Jersey Gas and New Jersey Natural Gas. Silver Sponsors are NJM Insurance Group, Bayshore Recycling, Elizabethtown Gas (10th Anniversary Sponsor), New Jersey American Water (10th Anniversary Sponsor) and Northfield Bank (10th Anniversary Sponsor). The Bronze Sponsors are Covanta, Greener by Design, Jersey Central Power and Light, Good Energy, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC, First Environment, Roux Associates and Ørsted.





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About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, they create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. The Nature Conservancy is tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, helping provide food and water sustainably and using nature to make cities healthier, using a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.

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