Archive for January 2023

Harnessing the power of nature to help our climate

By Jay Watson, Co-Executive Director From large forests to tree-lined city streets, from wooded wetlands to coastal salt marshes, green landscapes are some of humanity’s best allies in addressing threats posed by a warming climate. Trees, seagrasses and other plants act as the Earth’s lungs, pulling carbon dioxide from the air and emitting oxygen through…

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New Jersey needs law to control invasive species

By Tom Gilbert, Co-Executive Director What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in New Jersey yards and gardens often can’t be contained – especially when non-native plants are present. When species from other regions of the world are introduced, they can spread aggressively and create ecological havoc. “Invasive species” is the…

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What’s happening in nature during winter’s chill?

By Alison Mitchell, Co-Executive Director New Jersey was quite frigid in December, but temperatures warmed as the new year arrived. So what’s happening in our forests and streams between these cold nights and mild days? Endangered tiger salamanders might be breeding while you read this! These large amphibians are in a group called mole salamanders,…

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Plastic bag ban, Save the Bees bill among 2022 environmental highlights

By Tom Gilbert, Co-Executive Director The year 2022 will go down in history as one defined by many challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic dragged into its third year, the war in Ukraine destabilized world security and finances, and record heat, droughts and storms again brought home the reality of a changing climate. New Jersey, like everywhere…

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