NJ Audubon Has Great Success with Conservation Practices in NJ Highlands

The New Jersey Highlands provides approximately 770 million gallons of potable water daily. Over five million people rely on the Highlands for their Highlands_NJ_short_WebtQual_Page_1drinking water. Also the Highlands Region contains rich agricultural lands and rare natural communities that support many mammals and birds, including 19 breeding bird species of conservation concern, six federally listed threatened and endangered species, and harbors regional strongholds for rare reptiles and amphibians.

Through funding support from the William Penn Foundation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, below are just some of the highlights of New Jersey Audubon Stewardship Department’s work in 2015 in the Highlands Region.

Highlands Region Delaware River Watershed Initiative – New Jersey Audubon

1. Acres with Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) implemented (i.e. cover crops):  433

2. Acres of wetlands restored: 25

3. Acres of upland restoration (grassland): 75

4. Acres of forest enrolled into Forest Stewardship Planning: 76

5. Miles of riparian area restored:  4.34

6. Sites receiving phytoremediation native plantings:  3

7. Number of 12’-16’ native trees planted: 380

8. Installation of native willow stakes:  6,500

9. Wildlife boxes (blue bird & wood duck nest boxes and bat roosting) installed: 53

Below are “Before” and “After” restoration photos for the conservation work done in 2015 and some species that will benefit.

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Photos by John Parke