District News

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


Notice of Nov 2017 Meeting Change of Venue & Time

The Hudson Essex Passaic Soil Conservation District is a division of State government, organized under the New Jersey Soil Conservation Act, NJSA 4:24-1 et seq. As a public subdivision of the State all board meetings are subject to public notice and open to public attendance. As such, the Board of Supervisors meeting regularly scheduled for Thursday November 2nd, 2017, will be held at 4:00 p.m. at The Rutgers Eco-Complex, 1200 Florence-Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ  08505-4200. The Board may enter into a closed Executive Session to discuss legal and /or other confidential matters.

Please contact the HEPSCD District Office at 862-333-4505 prior to attendance to verify the public meeting remains on the schedule.

2018 Conservation Poster Contest Announced

The theme is “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home”. Download the poster contest brochure here. The deadline for submittal to the HEPSCD is February 28, 2018 (postmarked or delivered).

The District will forward the best entry for each grade level to the state contest for competition.

Poster Evaluations National Poster Contest entries are reviewed by judges. The posters are evaluated on the following criteria:

Conservation message (50 percent) (Poster uses correct theme)

Visual effectiveness (30 percent)

Originality (10 percent) and

Universal appeal (10 percent)

Also taken into consideration artwork is completed on poster is that of participant (unless noted on entry form)