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New Jersey Forest Service

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New Jersey's Forests

It may surprise some that in New Jersey, the most densely populated state, traditional forests cover 40% of the land. From the sandy soils in the pinelands to the towering hardwoods in the north, New Jersey’s forests contain a rich habitat for a diversity of species, as well as a place for residents to escape.

Located within the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Parks and Forestry, supporting priority four, "Manage and Promote Thriving Natural & Historic Resources," the New Jersey Forest Service is the steward of all forests and trees across the state. Through sustainable science-based management and conservation practices, the New Jersey Forest Service promotes the resilience of New Jersey’s forests and their interdependent natural systems in the face of societal needs and a climate crisis that demands urgent and decisive action.

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