Effects of overabundant deer and other factors in northern New Jersey

This is a scholarly article documenting the regional changes to forest understories since the mid-twentieth century by Jay F. Kelly Ph.D., Raritan Valley Community College

He looks at changes in species and size of woody plants and the impact of deer on them. Other factors are studied also, however, deer is the overwhelming factor. He compares old data, current data and data from deer exclosures.

From the abstract: "Because deer strongly reduce tree recruitment, shift species composition, and reduce understory cover across large spatial scales, they represent a significant concern for forest managers and an issue that should be effectively addressed."

Average deer population in NJ in 1998 was 38 deer per sq. mi. When deer population is higher than 10 deer per sq. mi. then deer impact becomes evident. The highest regional densities of 75 per sq. mi. occurred in northern-central New Jersey

We see the deer impact where ever the land is not covered with buildings, asphalt or grass!

Please read: Effects of overabundant deer and other factors in northern New Jersey

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It's time to think SPRING

Its time to go on a hike and enjoy the fresh spring flowers.

The spring beauties are out in full force
I've never seen so many rue anomones in bloom

Geranium maculataWe went on a hike in the Sourlands yesterday (4/17), it was exciting to see so many spring beauties and rue anemones in different shades of pink or snow white popping out in the leaf litter and in between the rocks. Also in bloom were the slender toothwort which are S3 (rare). More about them later.

 


It's Blooming Now

Here they are:

NOT IMPRESSED? -- We traveled all the way down to the Pine Barrens to see them. They are endangered in NJ.

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2019 Plant of the Year: Hirst's panic grass

Hirst's Panic Grass

A grass was chosen this year because grasses don't get enough love and they are vitally important to our ecosystems and our environment.

Dichanthelium hirstii is a species of grass that is known from three sites in New Jersey, one site in Delaware, two sites in North Carolina and one site in Georgia.

Read more: click here: Hirst's panic grass

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Seabeach Amaranth Plants, Extremely Rare Species Found Only in Beach Habitats

DEP News Release:
Surge of Seabeach Amaranth Plants, Extremely Rare Species Found Only in Beach Habitats

seabeach amaranthDEP biologists have documented a nearly doubling of the state's population of a rare beach plant, demonstrating the resilience of nature. The biologists' annual census counted 1,053 seabeach amaranth plants, an increase of 91 percent compared with the 550 plants counted last year.

Read more: click here: Extremely Rare Seabeach Amaranth Plant

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DEP News Release: Globally Rare Orchid Found in Stokes State Forest

DEP News Release:
Globally Rare Orchid Found in Stokes State Forest

small whorled pagonia Biologists with the Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Natural Lands Management have confirmed a new occurrence of a globally rare orchid, the small whorled pogonia, within Sussex County's Stokes State Forest.

Consisting of just a single plant found on stony ground in a forested area of Stokes, this is just the third occurrence of this rare orchid known to exist in the state. The other known occurrences are also in Sussex County. 

Read more: click here: Globally Rare Orchid Found in Stokes State Forest

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Find out everything there is to know about the native flora of New Jersey, learn from the experts on native plants, get the latest on interesting activities near you, or join one of the many opportunities to participate in the growing national native plant movement — right here in the Garden State.

The Native Plant Society of New Jersey is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey. Founded in 1985, we have hundreds of members across the state, and are organized into county and regional chapters. Our members include gardeners, horticulturists, naturalists, landscape designers, students, and native plant enthusiasts from all walks of life.

We conduct regular lectures and presentations with featured speakers on topics ranging from introduction to native plants, gardening with natives, identification and appreciation of the beautiful flora and ecosystems of New Jersey, ecological landscaping, and much more. Our annual meeting is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the native plant movement in New Jersey. We organize nature walks and garden tours, dispense advice on design and maintenance of native gardens and landscapes, and have helped establish native plant gardens around the state.