NJ Forest Watch advocates for NO logging of Natural Heritage Priority Sites!
Sparta Mountain once again has been marked for logging, and this time it is in a “Natural Heritage Priority Site”, near the Edison Bog area. The proposed logging is planned for an area that is frequently hiked, off the Monument Trail and is an area of incredible beauty. This is an area deemed of great ecological resource value, and yet the Division of Fish & Wildlife want to log it! Unbelievable- this is unacceptable! Our Public Lands deserve better!
Governor Murphy has allowed this logging to continue. He has stated that “Climate Change is an Existential Threat” and yet WHY is he allowing the NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife to continue to log our best healthiest forests- even, High Conservation Value Forests– like on Sparta Mountain?
This runs counter to ALL good Climate Science and goals to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The 2018 NJ report on Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory states that NJ forests sequester approximately 8% of total GHG emissions in the state. If the state continues to log and clear-cut our NJ public forests, the state will not make its goal to increase that percentage to 10% by 2050!
So now that we got your attention, about the logging that’s happening on all NJ Public Lands- What can you do?
Our group, NJ Forest Watch/Friends of Sparta Mountain, has been working for over 5 1/2 years with many other environmental groups on the protection and preservation of our NJ Public Forests. We are now asking the public to get further involved, as our NJ Forests are being cut down by our own DEP, Division of Fish and Wildlife, and their private partners, including NJ Audubon Society (not a chapter of National Audubon). These logging activities run counter to any good climate science and threaten our future.
Here’s our new billboard to get the Governor’s attention.