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New Jersey

Forest Action Plan

New Jersey’s cool, green, and growing forests

The mission of the NJ Forest Service is to sustainably manage “All Trees” whether they reside on private lands, on state property or in urban and community forests. The NJ Forest Service through this NJ State Forest Action Plan (SFAP) will provide forest owners, land managers, and other natural resource professionals with the ability to make informed decisions about forest resources including new natural resource-related jobs and markets.

To effectively manage forest resources of the nation’s most densely populated state (US Census Bureau 2010), the NJ Forest Service will continue to expand its scope, and redefine what it means to manage trees and forests. The NJ Forest Service also employs a collaborative interactive process for input from a diverse group of stakeholders outside the circles of traditional forest planners. This process expands into the measurement of urban and community forests, and post-activity monitoring of forest management treatments. Setting realistic goals and expectations that utilize sustainable forest management to provide diverse ecosystem services is our primary goal.

Best Management Practices

New Jersey’s best management practices (BMPs) program is quasi-regulatory. The agency responsible for BMPs policy development is the New Jersey Forest Service.

Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.

Click the following links to view available BMP monitoring data and implementation rates from  NASF’s 2015 BMP survey  and NASF’s 2019 BMP survey.

New Jersey Forestry Publications

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