Tree Farm Day
NJTFD is when private landowners
enrolled in the American
Tree Farm System get together with representatives
of the NJ
Tree Farm System, NJFS, NJ
Approved Consulting Foresters, Rutgers
Cooperative Extension, and USDA
Natural Resources Conservation Service to
observe forestry activities in New Jersey.
Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year is also recognized.
The OTF is a person(s) who have performed various
silvicultural activities on their property over
the years to improve the timber resource, forest
health, water quantity and quality, and wildlife
diversity. These activities range from tree planting
to timber stand improvement, insect and disease
prevention and suppression, wildfire protection,
and construction of wildlife food plots, brush
piles and nest boxes. NJTFD occurs every year
on the first Friday in June.
View a Slideshow
of NJTFD 2001 (MPEG 304 Kb : 80 sec.) The Slideshow
is a series of 8 digital photos that display for
a period of 10 seconds each. The Slideshow can
be stopped at any time to view individual photos
longer by pressing the stop button on the media
player. Press play to resume.
The Slideshow includes:
- NJ Approved Consulting Forester
educating NJTFD participants on forest management
activities - tree harvesting, site preparation,
tree planting, forest health and vitality, and
- US Army Forester explaining
thinning of a white pine plantation on Federal
Property to increase growth rates and general
- A USDA - NRCS Forester explaining
a riparian buffer planting that was performed
in 1999 to reduce erosion, expense of mowing,
and to increase wildlife habitat diversity.
If you need an MPEG video player the software
can be downloaded from one of the following sites.
The Private Lands Management
Program fosters and ensures wise stewardship and management
on 1.54 million acres of forest lands owned by 88,700 private
landowners and the retention of these lands in contiguous
and productive forests. This program administers the stewardship,
rural forestry assistance, woodland assessment, wetlands and
consultant forester projects of the Forest Service. The stewardship
and rural forestry assistance projects are designed to provide
professional forestry assistance to private landowners utilizing
a minimum of public resources by forming partnerships with
private consulting foresters. The NJ Forest Service limits
its assistance to a single visit for the purposes of motivating
landowners to practice forest stewardship, explaining cost
share assistance and encouraging private landowners to seek
private professional forestry assistance.
- A critical component of this program is
the administration of the rule and regulations pertaining
to farmland/woodland assessment; this requires the review
of approximately 3,000 applications and field inspections
of a portion of these annually.
- This program also administers N.J.A.C.
7:3-2, which deals with establishing and maintaining a list
of foresters approved by the Department for the purpose
of annually attesting to compliance with the woodland management
plan required by N.J.A.C. 54:4-23.3 (Woodland Assessment)
- The management and stewardship of privately
owned forests is encouraged through various NJFS administrative
programs, the Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) and Forest Resource Management
(FRM) which are designed to
technical and cost share assistance.
- Additionally, this program administers
portions of the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act (N.J.S.A.
13:913-1 et.seq.) which exempts certain forestry activities
when included in a plan approved by the State Forester.
- For a practical guide outlining the best methods for implementing forest management in the state please download The NJ Forestry and Wetlands Best Management Practices Manual (BMPS). This manual provides information for foresters, landowners and others involved in forestry-related activities about the simple, practical methods that can be applied to help minimize the environmental impact of forestry operations.
Programs for Landowners
For more information on how and why to manage your woodlot
please visit The
Forest Landowner's Guide to Internet Resources.
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