District News

Rutgers Cooperative Extension High Tunnel Opening

Rutgers Cooperative Extension has announced the opening of a new high tunnel greenhouse structure at the Passaic County Golf Course. The high tunnel was funded through a grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts under the Urban Agriculture Conservation Initiative. RCE partnered with the Hudson Essex Passaic Soil Conservation District to apply for the grant. More

Audubon Database Provides Lists of Native Plants

Putting in new landscaping? Looking for plants that will thrive in New Jersey? Consider native plants, which are born for the job. Many lists are available, and your local nursery likely carries a selection of plants that can encourage pollinators, including birds, butterflies, and bees. Your selections can be further refined by choosing plants that are resistant to deer browsing. The Audubon Native Plants Database is one such list and is searchable by zip code.

Soil Compaction Mitigation – Effective December 7, 2017

Effective December 7th, 2017, any application submitted to a local Soil Conservation District for erosion and sediment control plan certification must include provisions to mitigate potential soil compaction in accordance with the revised Standards. Previously certified Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plans, Plan eligible for recertification and minor revisions are not subject to the adopted amendments.

Please note- the testing/mitigation/inspection process will only apply to plans which have been submitted to a District on or after December 7th, 2017. Plan and inspection requirements are not retroactive to previously certified plans or plans which are in process of being reviewed by the District.

NJACD Scholarship Announcement & Application

On behalf of the New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts, please see the information regarding the NJACD Memorial Conservation Scholarship.  This information has been sent out to all of the State’s Colleges and Universities.  Please note that the deadline for submitting the applications this year is May 7, 2018.   Please feel free to contact Richard Belcher should you have any questions.

Richard A. Belcher,
NJ Envirothon Coordinator
Education Coordinator
Farmland Assessment Coordinator
Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Spec.
NJ Dept. Of Agriculture/SSCC
P.O. Box 330 Trenton NJ 08625
609-633-2549 Office phone

http://hepsoilnj.org/NJACDscholarship-application2018.doc