Spring Into Stewardship – Part One

New Jersey Forest Service explaining the Forest Stewardship Program in New Jersey and the benefits to landowners who obtain a Forest Stewardship Plan.

As the flora and fauna of New Jersey flourished with the onset of spring, New Jersey Audubon’s Stewardship Department took the opportunity to highlight the natural resource benefits of our conservation work by co-hosting three engaging outreach events!

Kass Urban-Mead (Xerces-NRCS Partner Biologist), Alyssa Bright (NJA-NRCS Partner Biologist), & Hunter Ross (Quail Forever-NRCS Partner Biologist)

On May 3rd, New Jersey Audubon, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Quail Forever hosted an event at a private farm in Burlington County with guest speakers from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, New Jersey Forest Service, the Xerces Society, and Pine Creek Forestry to promote the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership (JCLRP).

New Jersey Forest Fire Service showcasing equipment and advocating for the importance of prescribed fire in the Pine Barrens to reduce wildfire risk.

JCLRP is a partnership effort between two USDA agencies, NRCS and US Forest Service, to help mitigate wildfire risk and promote wildlife habitat and forest health in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Forest landowners in the Pine Barrens region have access to technical and/or financial assistance, if eligible, to implement restoration practices through USDA-NRCS’s Environmental Quality and Incentives Program (EQIP). Common restoration practices for forest health include, but are not limited to, prescribed burning, forest stand improvement, and invasive species management.

USDA-NRCS, New Jersey Audubon, and Quail Forever introducing attendees to the JCLRP initiative and describing available technical and financial assistance.

For more information on the JCLRP initiative, please visit Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership ( or contract your local USDA service center. USDA Service Center Locator

Photos courtesy of Joshua Chomik, NJDEP.