Department of Environmental Protection

New Jersey Forest Service

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State Forest Lands

The New Jersey Forest Service monitors and maintains 837,230 acres of state-owned open space. Please click here to view our current projects.

Previous Projects
  • Mitigating the spread of invasive pest EAB and reducing hazardous ash along the 70 miles of towpath trails
  • Removal and treatment will occur along towpath.
  • To prevent spread of EAB, ash trees will be cut and left on site
  • First state park to officially find EAB
  • More information on EAB please visit

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  • Mowing of uprooted, toppled, and severely damaged trees from Superstorm Sandy.
  • Control of invasive species like Japanese barberry, and wineberry.
  • Planting of seedlings will occur if natural regeneration is unsuccessful.
  • Fence out deer from eating seedlings.

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  • Promote regeneration of shortleaf pine and mixed oak species.
  • Retain and create snags (dead standing trees) for habitat and remove pine regeneration.
  • Combine multiple management practices to achieve ideal RHWP habitat.
  • Increase recreational (birdwatching) value of the 12-acre site.
  • Provide nesting, foraging and protection from ground predators.
  • Salvage the Atlantic-white cedar trees which were damaged and/or blown down during Superstorm Sandy.
  • Simultaneously promote new AWC growth through a combination of management practices, including treatment with herbicide to help reduce competition from hardwoods, deer exclusion fencing, and replanting.
  • Remove trees that pose a hazard of falling.

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  • Combat the spread of EAB and reduce the hazard of falling trees within the Green Grove Day Use area.
  • Salvage and utilize the removed ash.
  • Treat for invasive species.

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  • Remove ash trees as part of a larger preventative effort to combat the spread of EAB.
  • Only remove trees located in and around high use areas posing the greatest risk.
  • Enhance forest health and resilience.