News Archive

  • The New Jersey State Forest Fire Service will be conducting seasonal controlled burns throughout some of New Jersey's wooded area through till the end of March. The fires will help prevent more intense, uncontrolled, fires from happening in the future by slowly burning away the underbrush that develops on NJ's forest floors.

  • New Jersey's naitive population of Osprey's hit a record level last year with 515 identified nests throughout the region. Osprey's are a predatory bird who faced extinction in recent decades. As recently as 1970 the number of Osprey's in the region dropped as low as only 60 pairs left in the wild. This drop in numbers was mainly attributed to both loss of habitat as well as the introduction of pesticides such as DTD. However thanks to numerous enviormental efforts that trend has been reversing.

  • The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has just finished finalising a purchase of 204 acres of wetlands through it's Green Acres Program for the purchase of preservation.  The land, which is located along the Delaware Bay in Cumberland County, was purchased for a total of $620,000. Of that amount, $462,000 was acquired through a federal grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program.

  • The Christie Administration announced on January 5th a new grant program that will distribute 14.3 million dollars to local governments in order to bolster their recycling programs.

    The grants will be distributed based on 2014 Recycling performance reports and will help to better manage the roughly 9.6 million tons of waste produced by New Jerseyians every year year.


  • As part of its continued commitment to customer service and transformation, the Division of Land Use Regulation has launched a new service that will allow property owners to apply on-line for certain Coastal General and Freshwater Wetlands Permits. 

  • The Department of Environmental Protection has launched a series of audio podcasts designed to provide the public with insights on initiatives and activities the department takes to protect and enhance the state's environment.

    Nine episodes of the "Discover DEP" podcast are currently available.

    For additional information, visit: or by visiting

  • NJ-GeoWeb is NJDEP's new environmental mapping tool that accesses geographic information about your community, county, or the entire state of New Jersey. Users can take advantage of the GeoWeb's various tools and functions to create their own customized maps. To help, NJDEP is offering resources to the public about GeoWeb and its various tools and functions that are quick and easy to use.

  • The birds need to feed during this time anually to complete their migration to the Arctic Circle. The birds were listed last year as a threatened species so it is essential for them to make it to the Artic Cirlce during migration for breeding. For more information, see this article.

  • Please join NJDEP for the 29th Annual GIS Mapping Contest. The event features the best non-commercial mapping in the State of New Jersey. Please review the rules, categories and register online at the NJDEP GIS web site:

    Entries of past winners can be viewed here. Good luck to all participating!

  • NJDEP recommends the following guidelines and precautions to burn firewood safely and efficiently as a home heat source.