Forest Stewardship Project

Forest Stewardship Study

Starting in 2015, the Closter Nature Center (CNC) Board undertook a long-term project to assess the health of its 136-acre site of forested wetlands. Soon after, a forest stewardship study was conducted by New Jersey Audubon for the CNC which has served as a baseline for further study and recommendations of care. Please check here for continuing updates and information. 

CNC Spring Woods, 2018

EAB Monitoring Stations

Look UP! You may notice these green, cylindrical cones hanging from a tree in the Nature Center. These are monitoring traps for the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that is impacting Ash trees in our region. Tracking the path and impact of these beetles is important to understanding the changing nature of our forests. Monitoring invasive species is part of our ongoing Forest Stewardship Project at the Closter Nature Center. These stations were put in place by local volunteer, Todd Bradbury.

EAB Monitoring Station

Assessing Forest Health in Central New Jersey

White-tailed Deer

The Closter Nature Center held its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 at 7pm. in the log cabin by the pond. There was a brief business meeting highlighting our past year followed by a presentation on "The Impacts of Deer and Invasive Species on Forests in Northern-Central New Jersey.

Dr. Jay Kelly from Raritan Valley Community College presented the results of his research on the impacts of overabundant deer and invasive plant species on forests in northern-central NJ. Since 2014, he and his students have studied over 135 forests, primarily in the Raritan Watershed, documenting how tree regeneration and other aspects of forest understories have changed since the mid-Twentieth Century, when deer and invasive plants were much lower in the state. They also studied the effectiveness of different strategies for forest restoration, including exclosures and deer management programs, at improving forest conditions over time. The goals of this research are to provide real-world research opportunities for students, and to provide local communities with information needed to understand these important issues; showing what is happening to our forests, and what can be done to address them.

Link to Study

Here is a link to Professor Kelly's presentation: 

Impacts of Deer and Invasives in Central New Jersey Forests_May 2018

Area of Expertise:  Ecology & Conservation

Jay Kelly, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Raritan Valley Community College

Forest Stewardship Study

This project has been ongoing. Here is a link to an article in 2016: