Department of Environmental Protection

New Jersey Forest Service


New Jersey State Forest Action Plan (NJSFAP)

The mission of the NJ Forest Service is to sustainably manage “All Trees” whether they reside on private lands, on state property or in urban and community forests. The NJ Forest Service through this NJ State Forest Action Plan (SFAP) will provide forest owners, land managers, and other natural resource professionals with the ability to make informed decisions about forest resources including new natural resource-related jobs and markets.

To effectively manage forest resources of the nation’s most densely populated state (US Census Bureau 2010), the NJ Forest Service will continue to expand its scope, and redefine what it means to manage trees and forests. The NJ Forest Service also employs a collaborative interactive process for input from a diverse group of stakeholders outside the circles of traditional forest planners. This process expands into the measurement of urban and community forests, and post-activity monitoring of forest management treatments. Setting realistic goals and expectations that utilize sustainable forest management to provide diverse ecosystem services is our primary goal.

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What is the NJSFAP?

The 2020 NJ SFAP will reassess the state’s forest resources and serve as a strategic plan for responsible forest stewardship. The plan will also play an important role in achieving multi-state strategic forest management initiatives. While this plan focuses on the next 10 years, the changes it will bring over this short time frame will last much longer.

State Forest Action Plan (SFAP):

  • 10-year Strategic Plan
  • 5-year review
  • Required for federal funding
  • Next 10-year update required by December 2020
  • Assessment of Need

Broad Strategic Vision

  • Philosophies for the Department
  • “All Trees” Mission
  • "Rosetta Stone" for Forest Management - Common language
  • Connections between NJ, regional, and national forest resource issues
  • Outlining priority goals and priority areas

Assessment (Trends/Conditions)

  • Based on Montreal Process
  • Forest Conditions and Trends
  • Issues, Threats, Opportunities
  • ID Priority Landscape Areas - In state and multi-state

Strategies (Action)

  • Goals and Priorities - Three National Priorities
  • Strategies to achieve
  • Implementation (if known)
  • Stakeholder Outreach