educational opportunities

NJ Invasive Species Conference

Click image above to download pdf version of conference agenda.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about non-native invasive species in New Jersey.  Experts will talk about the newest emerging threats, best management practices, and the latest biocontrol initiatives.  Roundtable discussion in the afternoon are geared toward digging deeper into these topics.

To register, click here.  

Hope to see you there!



An Introduction to the Plant Stewardship Index for Land Managers

January 23rd, 2013. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. FREE

In case of severe winter weather, snowdate is January 30th, same time.

The Plant Stewardship Index is a crucial tool designed for land managers to monitor, assess, and communicate the health of wild plant communities and the success of stewardship and restoration initiatives.

In this free class, we’ll introduce the basics behind the Plant Stewardship Index and discuss its use in comparing the natural values of different sites and for assessing change over time.

Topics will include use of the free online PSI Calculator, using PSI metrics to communicate the integrity of wild plant communities, plant survey basics, and designing more advanced surveys using transects and quadrats.

The class will be given by Jared Rosenbaum, Plant Stewardship Index Coordinator at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.

Location: The Classroom at the Duke Farms Orientation Center, 1112 Duke Parkway West in Hillsborough, N.J.

To Register: Call Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve at (215) 862-2924 or e-mail by January 21st, 2013.

Courtesy of Anne H., find below a list of some great land stewardship related events and funding opportunities.

I’ll be setting up a more formal calendar on the site soon, so just shoot me an email or post in the comments if you have a land stewardship event you’d like to post.

FRIDAY MAY 14th 3-6pm and SATURDAY MAY 15th 2-5pm
D&R Greenway Native Plant Nursery Sale
Princeton, NJ
Fri., 5/14 (slide show about the plants 2-3PM)

THURSDAY MAY 20, 2010 9:30am-3:00pm
The Wildlife Society Spring Meeting
Solving Conservation Problems through Farm Bill Programs
Echo Hill Environmental Education Center (Hunterdon Cty. Park – Flemington)
Directions can be found at: with field trip to South Branch WMA  Attendees are requested to contact Ted Nichols via phone (609-628-3218) or e-mail ( so we can get a head count for ordering lunch.

Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP)
Applications are being accepted for the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program

Sourland Planning Council guided hike on Baldpate Mountain
In celebration of SPC’s new publication Living In The Sourlands: A Guide to  Responsible Stewardship.
The hike will include a visit to an ecological restoration being done there by Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and Mercer County Parks Commission. There will plenty of woodland birds, wildflowers and other Sourlands specialties to admire as well. Hike led by Rachel Mackow. Please RSVP for directions by 5/18 to

Conservation Innovations Grants (CIG)
CIG are offered through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.  Proposal for the New Jersey 2010 Program are being accepted.

Stewardship Roundtable Meeting
@ Baldpate Mountain, Titusville, NJ. More information to follow.

Landowner Incentive Programs Grants (LIP)
The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced the opening of the application period for landowners to apply for grants through the Landowner Incentive Program. For more information:

New Jersery Tree Farm Program - Tree Farm Day Registration_1242737680579
For a slightly more utilitarian view of land stewardship, consider going to Tree Farm Day.  The foresters and landowners that attend this event are managing tens of thousands of acres throughout New Jersey.  

I always find that the participants and presenters in Tree Farm Day have great insights and solutions to some of the problems we face in land management including control of overabundant white-tailed deer and non-native invasive species. The professional foresters also have a deep understanding of forest dynamics and how to manipulate these dynamics for a desired outcome.  

Utilization of forestry techniques is becoming increasingly important for management and maintenance of biodiversity, especially given the overall health and relative even-age of New Jersey’s forests.  For example, check out this aticle.


One of the areas where New Jersey has been a leader in land stewardship is in Atlantic white cedar research and restoration.  


For those of you who have been wanting to visit the largest non-profit run nature preserve in New Jersey  and have an interest in learning more about Atlantic white cedar restoration efforts, I received the following announcement from the New Jersey Chapter of the Wildlife Society about their spring meeting on Wednesday June 3rd.  


The agenda includes presentations by the top researchers, foresters, regulators, and land managers that are working on restoring this spectacular tree species.  


If you are interested in attending, contact Ted Nichols via phone (609) 628-3218 or  








Spring Meeting-New Jersey Chapter of The Wildlife Society 

Atlantic White Cedar Restoration and Pinelands Issues

When: Wednesday, June 3, 2009; 9:30-3:00.


Where: New Jersey Conservation Foundation Franklin Parker Preserve, Chatsworth, Burlington County


Attendees are requested to contact Ted Nichols via phone (609-628-3218) or e-mail ( so we can get a head count for ordering lunch.


8:30 – 9:30 Optional Bird Walk

            Lead by Emile DeVito, NJCF, Ph.D.


Bird walk participants are requested to contact Ted Nichols via phone (609-628-3218) or e-mail ( so we can get a head count for this tour.





Chapter business meeting

            Evan Madlinger, NJTWS President   


9:50-12:30  Presentations


Franklin Parker Preserve ecological restoration and rare species management

            Emile DeVito, Ph.D., Manager of Science and Stewardship, NJ Conservation Foundation


Genetic variation in Atlantic white-cedar:  Implications for restoration and management.

            Kristin Mylecraine, Ph.D., Research Associate, New Jersey Audubon Society

Data and Implications from the long-term Atlantic white cedar project

            George Zimmermann, Professor of Environmental Studies, Richard Stockton College of

            New Jersey         

Atlantic white cedar restoration at Lipman Bog, Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst

            John Joyce, Natural/Cultural Resources Manager, Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst


Atlantic White Cedar Restoration: a case study in restoring an abandoned blueberry plantation

            Bob Williams, Vice President of Forestry Operations, Land Dimensions Engineering


Managing Atlantic white-cedar: A landscape level approach

Bill Zipse, NJ Forest Service, Southern Region


Pinelands Commission rules relative to Atlantic white cedar restoration

            David M. Kutner, Director of Special Programs, NJ Pinelands Commission


12:30-1:30    Lunch:  Lunch will be provided on site for a reasonable fee.



1:30 – 3:00    Site visits to Franklin Parker Preserve’s Atlantic white cedar restoration areas

Carpool to 2 sites planted in 2008 and 2005. Wear rubber knee boots if you plan to walk around restoration sites.  Since June is strawberry fly season, bring a hat, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. 


Lead by NJCF staff including Louis Cantafio, Ph.D., Sr. Land Steward for NJCF, Emile

DeVito, Ph.D. and presenters listed above TBA


Directions to Franklin Parker Preserve from “downtown” Chatsworth at the intersection of Rte. 563 and Rte. 532:

-proceed 0.8 mi west on Rte. 532

-turn left (south) onto sand road at bend in Rte. 532

-proceed 0.3 mi down sand road to hangar garage


Directions to Chatsworth:

From the Trenton area:

• Take 206 South past the Red Lion / Rt. 70 Circle to 2nd Light.
• Make a Left onto 532 East.
• Go About 10 Miles on 532 East to “downtown” Chatsworth.

From the Garden State Parkway (northbound):

• Take Exit 52 (southbound/New Gretna) or Exit 50(northbound/New Gretna)
• Follow Rt. 9 into the Center of New Gretna.
• Take 679 North (Maple Ave.) Go approx. 8.5 mi. to RT. 563 North.
• Take 563 North to “downtown” Chatsworth


From the north:

• Take the NJ. Turnpike south to Exit 7 RT. 206 south.
• Follow “Trenton area” directions from 206 South.

From Garden State Parkway (southbound):

• Take Parkway South to Exit 67.
• Take 554 West; it will become 72 West.
• Stay on 72 West for about 7.8 miles.
• Make a Left onto 532 West.
• Take 532 West to “downtown” Chatsworth.
• Follow above directions from Chatsworth