We are all caretakers, the stewards of our natural spaces and protectors of the air and water that sustain us; guardians of a rich diversity of wildlife, plants, trees, insects, and the habitats that define our state. New Jersey Audubon is deeply invested in conserving the integrity of our natural world, awakening that commitment in others spreads our influence and impact.
New Jersey Audubon staff led efforts throughout the state to create and restore healthy forest habitat, with a focus on young forest species and other wildlife. This included empowering public and private landowners through forest planning and project implementation particularly within our Golden-winged Warbler focal area. For example, New Jersey Audubon research and stewardship staff helped develop and guide forest stewardship practices on more than 3,000 acres through partnership with a private landowner in Sussex County. The goal is to manage habitat for the Golden-winged Warbler, a species in decline throughout its range. Ruffed Grouse and Cerulean Warbler, species that have also been disappearing from New Jersey. A series of surveys was conducted to determine what management actions may need to be implemented to create habitat that is optimal for these birds. Healthy forests provide resources for many species of conservation concern. Working in collaboration with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, we finalized a 10-year Forest Stewardship Plan for the Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area. This comprehensive plan will restore young forest patches, creating vibrant habitat for the state-endangered Golden-winged Warbler and other at-risk wildlife.
We also continue our forestry management with controlled burns, most recently at our Scherman Hoffman wildlife sanctuary in Bernardsville keeping invasive species under control and spurring nature to take hold and grow