Stop the Logging of our Public Lands

The State of New Jersey DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife, along with their private partners NJ Audubon (not a chapter of National Audubon), want to SELL OUT NJ's Public Lands.   Many of our pristine forests throughout the state such as Sparta Mountain, Weldon Brook, Berkshire Valley, Stokes State Forest,  Mahlon Dickerson, Roaring Rock Park and  others are earmarked for deforestation. 


The contiguous forested canopy of the Highlands region provides drinking water to 70% of NJ's residents (or over 6.2M people). These forests provide clean water, air and sequester more carbon as they mature. Yet our DEP wants to clear cut healthy forests to create a version of a "young forest" with no concern about destroying the existing natural resource value. Under the guise of "forest stewardship plans",  state bureaucrats are trying to raise money by permitting clearcutting, herbicidal and fire use, and the degradation of our water supply. The DEP has not considered alternatives to commercial logging but has opted instead to extract the most healthy and valuable timber. Much of the timber is then exported to countries like Canada, China and the UK.  
Funding is now needed for a strong message to our elected officials. We need your support to stop the monetization of our natural resources. These are OUR Public Lands!    There are several bills in the NJ Legislature that call for logging of our public lands and these must be stopped.  These pro-logging bills were introduced in the Spring of 2021 to the NJ legislature and they are; A4843/S3549, A4844/S3550,  A4845/S3548, and A3086/S2001. These bills are detrimental to our intact contiguous forests of the Highlands and Pinelands and are a violation of our Public Trust resources. NJ taxpayers refuse to subsidize the destruction of our public forests!  

*Please note that we are dba in NJ as  "NJ Forest Watch."   Our legal entity  is NE Forest Watch - which is a 501c3 organization and our tax id number is 86-2854672   Your donation is tax deductible. 

Thank you for supporting our public lands and our future!


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Ken Dolsky
Sparta, NJ
NE Forest Watch Inc
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