$48,000 Awarded to NJ Communities for Floodplain Reforestation Projects

on Apr 23, 2018

Sustainable Jersey partnered with The Nature Conservancy to provide new grant and technical assistance program

Sustainable Jersey announced today that over $48,000 was awarded to seven New Jersey municipalities and one school district for floodplain reforestation projects. The Roots for Rivers Reforestation Grant and Technical Assistance Program is a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Sustainable Jersey. 

The grant recipients are: Bernardsville Borough (Somerset County), Chatham Borough (Morris County), Fanwood Borough (Union County), Mount Holly Township (Burlington County), South Orange Village Township (Essex County), Pittsgrove Township School District (Salem County), Springfield Township (Union County) and Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County). These communities will receive funding to cover the cost of tree sapling and protection. The trees will be planted by local volunteers.

Dense development in New Jersey directly affects the water supply, and the vast majority of our rivers and streams are impaired due to factors like erosion and polluted storm water runoff. Michelle DiBlasio, the watershed restoration coordinator for the New Jersey Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, said, “Throughout much of the state, our floodplains have been deforested and left without trees to help filter water, absorb flooding, or cool the river for fish. One important way to help ensure we can continue to rely upon our precious natural water resources is to restore New Jersey’s floodplains—the critical land near our rivers’ banks.” For the past five years, The Nature Conservancy has worked with local, state and federal partners in northwestern New Jersey to reforest the floodplains of a key tributary to the Delaware River, the Paulins Kill. 

Planting trees within floodplain land in places where it has been degraded will protect the lands and waters on which the people of New Jersey depend. “Sustainable Jersey is excited to partner with The Nature Conservancy to help catalyze floodplain restoration efforts across the state. The Nature Conservancy’s goal is to plant 100,000 trees in floodplains by 2020 and we are happy to help them achieve it. This important work, done by our communities, contributes to our mission to create a more sustainable New Jersey,” explained Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey.

Grant Recipient

NJ County

Grant Total

Bernardsville Borough



Chatham Borough



Fanwood Borough



Mount Holly Township



Pittsgrove Township School District



South Orange Village Township



Springfield Township



Woodbridge Township




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