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Watch a video (MPEG 340 Kb : 15 sec.) of contract tree planters replanting a 32 acre site in Bass River State Forest. Site preparation was performed in March 2001 in order to make the ground suitable for planting. This area of the forest was damaged by the wildfire of April 1999.

If you need an MPEG video player the software can be downloaded from one of the following sites.




The responsibility of the State Lands Management Program is to maintain a healthy, biologically diverse ecosystem that will sustain wildlife including threatened and endangered plant and animal species while providing for quality air, water and soil; recreational and educational opportunities; wood products for Division use and local industries; and the protection of historical, aesthetic and cultural values of the forest. The Division of Parks and Forestry is accountable for the stewardship of 326,000 acres.

Goals - Management of our forests incorporates the best forest stewardship principles derived from a forest management plan developed with public input.
These goals include:

  • Sound Research
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Public Notification
  • Forest Health Management/Restoration
  • Encourage Economic Opportunity

These goals are realized through various forest management activities (silviculture) on state lands. Current activities include but are not limited to:

The NJ Forest Service also has yearly events on state lands where the public is encouraged to come out and help us reforest areas that are in need of restoration.
There are many types of people and organizations that participate in these events such as:

  • Boy Scouts
  • Cub Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • College Environmental Clubs
  • 4-H Clubs
  • Families
  • NJ Forest Service Volunteers

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