EWING, N.J. — Sustainable Jersey announced that over $50,000 was awarded to 15 New Jersey municipalities for floodplain reforestation projects. The Roots for Rivers Reforestation Grant and Technical Assistance Program is a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, The Watershed Institute and Sustainable Jersey. To date, Roots for Rivers funded proposals include over 92,000 trees to support New Jersey floodplains.
The 15 grant recipients are Oakland Borough (Bergen), Glen Rock Borough (Bergen), Maple Shade Township (Burlington), Belleville Township (Essex), South Orange Village Township (Essex), Kingwood Township (Hunterdon), Readington Township/Bloys Farm (Hunterdon), Readington Township/Holland Brook (Hunterdon), Highland Park Borough (Middlesex), Woodbridge Township (Middlesex), Howell Township (Monmouth), Mantoloking Borough (Ocean), Passaic City (Passaic), Manville Borough (Somerset) and Summit City (Union). These communities will receive funding to cover the costs of tree saplings and protection. The trees will be planted by local volunteers.
To help The Nature Conservancy reach its goal of planting 100,000 trees by 2020, a second application period is open for the 2020 Roots for Rivers Reforestation and Technical Assistance Program. Interested municipalities should review and submit the grant application. Applications will be accepted until March 2, 2020.
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. Through the Roots for Rivers reforestation program, we have been able to catalyze these restoration efforts state-wide and help communities protect their local waterways for future generations.”
Planting trees in places where the floodplains have been degraded will protect the lands and waters on which the people of New Jersey depend. “This funding is exactly what we need to manage flood waters and save endangered fish and wildlife,” said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. He added, “Besides flood and drought protection, floodplains can prevent erosion, improve soil formation, purify water replenishing groundwater reservoirs and support the conservation of habitats and species. Sustainable Jersey values our partnership with The Nature Conservancy and applauds the municipalities for doing the hard work at the local level.”
|NJ County||Grant Recipient||Grant||Project Title||Trees|
|Bergen||Oakland Borough||$2,787.70||Little Pond Brook and Ramapo River Restoration Project||252|
|Bergen||Glen Rock Borough||$4,315.50||Reforestation of Diamond Brook in Upper Faber Field||450|
|Burlington||Maple Shade Twp.||$1,267.20||Tree Planting at the South Branch Pennsauken Creek||192|
|Essex||Belleville Township||$3,153.00||Camp Carragher Floodplain Restoration Project||500|
|Essex||South Orange Village||$3,905.40||Reforesting South Orange’s Floodplains||512|
|Hunterdon||Kingwood Township||$2,421.10||Reforesting Lockatong Creek at Melnyck Preserved Farm||220|
|Hunterdon||Readington Twp. (Bloys Farm)||$7,213.50||Bloys Farm Riparian Expansion and Floodplain Reforestation||560|
|Hunterdon||Readington Twp. (Holland Brook)||$3,897.00||Combating Erosion by Reforesting Holland Brook||300|
|Middlesex||Highland Park Borough||$2,335.00||Reforestation of the Meadows Flood Plain||200|
|Middlesex||Woodbridge Township||$1,672.50||Pumpkin Patch Brook Reforestation||125|
|Monmouth||Howell Township||$5,426.60||Reclaiming Winston Park Flood Plain||757|
|Ocean||Mantoloking Borough||$1,096.80||Mantoloking’s Living Dune Project||90|
|Passaic||Passaic City||$7,550.00||City of Passaic’s McDanolds Brook Planting Project at Third Ward Memorial Park||650|
|Somerset||Manville Borough||$1,154.40||Flood Plain Restoration at Dukes Park (aka Northside Park)||120|
|Union||Summit City||$2,371.60||Summit Environmental Commission’s Passaic River Reforestation Project||200|