NJ Audubon CSC member Pfizer Plants Trees to Support Forest Health Initiative

Colleagues from Pfizer, a member of the New Jersey Audubon's Corporate Stewardship Council (CSC), recently volunteered their time – Pfizer empolyee planting native trees at Peapack-gladstone campus (John Parke)working with the New Jersey Audubon (NJA) – to plant several species of native trees including Sugar Maple, White Pine, American Sycamore and Red Oak at Pfizer’s Peapack  campus. These trees are all native to the region and support a multitude of local wildlife species.

Pfizer has been working in support of a forest management plan, written by local professional forestry firm Gracie & Harrigan, since 2014. It is focused on improving the quality, health, diversity and vigor of the local forest. To accomplish this, the plan addresses reducing the quantity and colonization of non-native and invasive plants, as well as improving native plant re-generation. Pfizer and its colleagues are committed to sustainability. Active conservation management, including the native tree planting, is part of a larger environmental sustainability initiative Pfizer is integrating into its business and supplier network.

Black and white warbler“New Jersey’s forests are facing many threats that are outpacing the ecosystem’s natural ability to adapt to them,” said John Parke, NJA Stewardship Project Director. “The state of New Jersey’s forests, as shown in numerous scientific reports by the US Forest Service and others, indicates our forests lack diverse age class distribution. This means that because the majority of New Jersey’s forests are the same age, they are more susceptible to disease, pest infestations, invasive species, natural disturbance events, like a hurricane, and are no longer providing habitat for many wildlife species that had previously thrived. Pfizer taking a proactive approach to managing its forest shows their commitment to improving the forest’s future and the wildlife that depends upon it.”

The recent work at the Pfizer campus will provide important habitat to a variety of wildlife including at-risk migratory birds and other species. Work done to date has included large-scale removal of invasive non-native vegetation, timber stand improvement by selective thinning, as well as native tree planting.

All photos by John Parke