NJ Audubon Receives Land Ethics Awards

On February 20, 2014 the New Jersey Audubon Stewardship Department received the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s Land Ethics Award, P3120001as well as the first ever, Lifetime Achievement Award. New Jersey Audubon’s Stewardship Department was DSC_0302recognized for the restoration and stewardship of habitat throughout New Jersey. The Land Ethics Award recognizes individuals, organizations, government agencies, community groups and business professionals who have made significant contributions to the promotion of native plants and have exhibited a strong land ethic while promoting sustainable designs that protect the environment. NJ Audubon Stewardship Project Director of GIS, and resident herptile expert, Gylla MacGregor as well as NJ Audubon’s Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Linda Haan accepted the award at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s Annual Land Ethics Symposium in Langhorne, PA.

One of many things we admire about the Stewardship Department is the synergy developed by its link with other organizations, especially large corporations that have the assets to make things happen.” said the 2014 Land Ethics Award Jury Committee.  “Their link to the NJ Audubon’s Corporate Stewardship Council (CSC), an organization of 18 NJ companies promoting a common goal of environmental sustainability and responsibility, has been incredibly productive and resulted in major habitat restoration projects throughout the state. The effects of their work is far reaching and long lasting,” the Committee added.

New Jersey Audubon would like to express sincere gratitude and appreciation to Bowman’s Hill and the Land Ethics Award Jury for these awards. Recognition by the Bowman’s Hill Preserve is an honor especially given Bowman’s Hill’s leadership, and excellence in the conservation, promotion, and education of the use of native plants to provide the keystone elements for ecosystem restoration.

wild meadow wild bergamot and goldenrodUsing native plants to restore the landscape, or as a substitute for exotic ornamental plantings can help to reverse the trend of species loss. Because native plants are adapted to a local region, they tend to resist damage from freezing, drought, and common diseases, if planted in that same local area. Plating native vegetation also help to increase the local population of native plant species, helps diversify species genetics, and also provides numerous benefits such as specific associations of mycorrhizae with plants, invertebrates with woody debris, pollinators with flowers, and birds with structural and forage habitat that can only be rebuilt by planting native plants.

To learn more about the Land Ethics Award and other recipients visit - http://www.bhwp.org/education/Land-Ethics-Award.htm