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Double Trouble State Park
Natural Resource Stewardship Plan


The 8,677 acre property known as Double Trouble State Park is located in Berkeley and Lacey Townships, Ocean County, New Jersey.  The land area is a mixture of upland and lowland forest types with pitch pine as the most dominant tree cover. 

Management activities work towards goals and objectives set forth by the Natural and Historic Resources (NHR) working group at NJDEP and are guided by the internationally recognized Montreal Process for sustainability.

Double Trouble State Park overall stewardship goals:
1 - Manage forest stands to conserve biological diversity, critical habitats, and the diversity of native species associated with these various habitats. 
2 - Maintain the productive capacity of the landscape of Double Trouble State Park to perpetuate self-sustaining forested ecosystems available for future generations forests 
3 - Improve the distribution of age classes and densities to provide resilience to damage causing agents and ensure forest function in the face of unplanned events 
4 - Conserve soil and water resources through detailed activity planning to ensure sustained future ecosystem services 
5 - Provide social and economic benefits to surrounding communities to strengthen the constituencies for active management and conservation of the forest  


The Double Trouble State Park Natural Resource Stewardship Plan was developed according to the DEP process for Stewardship Plan Development with internal and external stakeholder input under New Jersey State Forestry Services guidance.  The plan was made available for public comment and input both as part of the DEP process as well as during its review by the Pinelands Commission, and was presented at the Pinelands Commission meeting on September 11, 2015.  To complete the Pinelands Commission review process, NJSFS contacted neighboring landowners and published legal notice in three local newspapers.  At their public meeting on October 9, 2015, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission approved the Plan (Application # 1982-4156.019) in Resolution Number PC4-15-28 as a public development. 


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