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The Division of Land Use Regulation
The Office of Natural Lands Management

The Office of Natural Lands Management (ONLM) administers a group of interrelated land management and planning programs.  It is committed to the conservation of biodiversity through excellent stewardship, and to the enhancement of passive recreational opportunities for the benefit of present and future generations.  The programs include the Natural Heritage Program, the Natural Areas Program and the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust.  Responsibilities include the identification and tracking of endangered and rare plant populations and rare and unique ecological communities along with the management of public open space acquired by the Natural Lands Trust or found within designated Natural Areas

From a land use perspective, the ONLM's Natural Heritage Database is cited under several rules as  the DEP's clearinghouse for location-specific information on endangered, threatened or rare plant and animal species.  In addition, ONLM staff may be consulted by DLUR on decisions involving rare plant and community information.  Staffs of DLUR and the ONLM coordinate on issues involving the identification of endangered and rare plant species survey protocols, and the regulatory standards and permit compliance conditions required under the authorities of the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act, Coastal Area Facility Review Act and the Flood Hazard Area Control Act.  DLUR may also coordinate with staff of the Natural Lands Trust on potential private land or mitigation site transfers or acquisitions.

Additional information on state listed plant species and Natural Heritage data requests may be found at the Office of Natural Lands Management website


State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
DEP - Office of Natural Lands Management
Mail Code 501-04
P.O. Box 420
501 E. State Street
Station Plaza #5, 4th Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0420
Phone No. (609) 984-1339
Fax No.: (609) 984-1427

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