Baldpate Habitat Restoration
Stewardship Leader volunteers planned and implemented a complex restoration initiative within an area of ash tree decline on Baldpate Mountain.
- Volunteers immersed in a wild landscape. This was a unique class format.
- They planned a restoration from the ground up, with keen observation of the site, its plants and animals, and history.
- It was a hand-on collaborative learning experience with an amazing and dedicated group!
- We aimed to model practices that anyone can do in their backyard or neighborhood park, to help our forests recover from ash decline and other degradation.
- Restore holistically with the intention of uplifting overall ecological health and quality;
- Maintain or improve neotropical migrant bird habitat including for species of concern;
- Maintain or expand habitat for state-listed (S2) plant species;
- Educate the general public about realistic restoration scenarios; and
- Train Stewardship Leaders to lead groups of volunteers to perform critical stewardship work throughout the region.
This project was funded in part with a Franklin Parker Conservation Excellence grant given by New Jersey Conservation Foundation