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WOODLANDS


What is Woodlands Conservation

Why Should We Have Woodland Conservation in Hunterdon County

Planning for Woodland Conservation

Woodland Conservation and the Master Plan

Building Greener Communities = Planning for Woodland Conservation

 

 

 

 

 

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What is Woodland Conservation?
Woodland conservation means the retention of priority woodland areas for the benefit of the community. Priority woodlands are those tree stands identified through a planning process to have special qualities warranting preservation. For example, unusual or old growth stands, habitats for rare or endangered plants or animals, or aquifer recharge areas may warrant special attention and priority protection. Each community must go through a planning process to determine what resources they would like to see protected.

Why Woodland Conservation?
Between 1972 and 1995, Hunterdon County lost 20 percent of its upland forests. This does not even include any forested wetlands. Trees - especially contiguous woodlands - serve critical public and environmental needs, including stormwater management, erosion control, groundwater recharge and threatened and endangered species habitat. They reduce noise pollution, filter water, conserve energy and provide aesthetic value. Trees and woodlands can be a financial benefit to communities, landowners and builders alike, creating a win-win situation for everyone.

Planning for Woodland Conservation
A municipal woodland conservation program begins with the master planning process. This in turn leads to a set of land development regulations that address woodland conservation in a fair, predictable, objective way. Public involvement both in the development of a master plan and land development regulations is absolutely essential. Residents – including homeowners, farmers and even builders – all have a stake in every planning decision a municipality makes. All should have a say in the planning process.

Building Greener Communities - Planning for Woodland Conservation

The Hunterdon County Planning Board is pleased to share a publication called "Building Greener Communities - Planning for Woodland Conservation". If you have trouble downloading the files due to the large size of the document, you can contact the Hunterdon County Planning Board at 908.788.1490 for a hard copy.

You may also view the publication on-line (Adobe Acrobat Reader - PDF is required to view this document) by clicking the links below. The document is extremely large and will take time to download. We have broken down the publication by Chapters for your convenience. 

Introduction
 
PAGES
CHAPTER 1 - Why Conserve Trees? 1 to 5
  6 to 10
CHAPTER 2 - Which Trees Should Be Conserved?

11 to 13

  14 to 16
CHAPTER 3 - The Master Plan 17 to 19
  20 to 22
CHAPTER 4 - Implementing the Master Plan 23 to 27
  28 to 32
  33 to 37
  38 to 42
  43 to 48
CHAPTER 5 - Construction, Inspection and Enforcement 49 to 54
  55 to 60
CHAPTER 6 - The Community Forestry Plan 61 to 66
CHAPTER 7 - Managing Public Tree Resources 67 to 70
  71 to 74
CHAPTER 8 - Involving the Public 75 to 80
CHAPTER 9 - Do's and Don'ts 81 to 82
CHAPTER 10 - Frequently Asked Questions 83 to 86
APPENDICES  
   A - Interpreting Development Plans: Knowing the Right Questions to Ask 87
   B - Sample Definitions for Ordinances 88 to 89
   C - Plants Native to Hunterdon County, NJ 90
   D - Exotic and Invasive Plants to Avoid 91 to 92
Resources 93 to 95
References 96 to 97