Bobcats - listed as endangered in NJ in 1991 - are under constant threat from habitat loss and fragmentation, changes in land use, barriers to free movement between suitable habitats and automobile collisions.

AMERICAN BOBCAT

RED HEADED WOODPECKER

Once a common species in the 1700's and 1800's, red-headed woodpecker populations have suffered from road strikes, invasive birds encroaching on their habitats, and the harvesting of their feathers for hats.

NORTHERN GOSHAWK

Deforestation is destroying the old-growth forests these hawks rely on for nesting and breeding, causing a 21% population drop between 1966 and 2014.

MONARCH BUTTERFLY

In the last 20 years, the US monarch population has declined by 90%, due to loss of their habitat and host plant, milkweed. In the United States alone, we are losing 6,000 acres of monarch/pollinator habitat a day due to development and widespread herbicide use.

BLUE SPOTTED SALAMANDER

Due to its restricted range within the state and the severe threats of habitat loss and pesticide use, the blue-spotted salamander was listed as an endangered species in New Jersey in 1974. It has not been removed since.

NJ STATE ENDANGERED The northern goshawk – the largest of the North American forest hawks – was killed in large numbers by farmers and hunters because it consumed chickens and game birds. Despite the fact that laws now exist to protect them, timber harvest continues to be a large threat to breeding goshawks. Goshawks depend on mature trees and forests with relatively intact canopies for nesting and foraging, which is why the northern goshawk is listed as a New Jersey State Endangered species.

The very plant and animal species integral to our American heritage are disappearing right before our eyes.

Since 1900, 12 species are extinct and 62 species have become endangered or threatened in New Jersey alone. Human interference – pollution, land development, and the introduction of competing foreign species – is entirely responsible for this decimation. Often, the public agencies established to protect these precious resources are unable to do their jobs in the face of deep budget cuts and political pressures.

The good news? We can actually do something about it.

Our goal is to ensure our beautiful landscapes and lush ecosystems are around for all future generations to experience and enjoy. We’re achieving this by working with volunteers, the public sector, and private industry alike to reintroduce native plant species to our local communities and give native wildlife the healthy, nourishing habitats they need to thrive.

Let’s get started.

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GET EDUCATED

The more you know about how native plants affect the local ecosystem, the better equipped you will be to make a difference. 

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CLEAN UP

Litter destroys habitats and harms insects and animals who get trapped in pieces of trash or mistake it for food. Cleaning up is a necessary first step in reviving our natural landscapes. Start your own cleanup initiative, or join one of ours!

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RESTORE

By removing invasive and foreign plants and replacing them with native ones, we provide habitat and food for wildlife species – many of which are threatened or endangered. A relatively simple fix for such a devastating problem.

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BRING IT HOME

Landscaping your property with native plants can cut pesticide, herbicide, fertilizer, and water use by over 90%. Native plants are low-maintenance, are aesthetically pleasing and attract songbirds and butterflies.

What we’ve done so far.

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RAMAPO STATE FOREST CLEANUP

Restore Native Plants hosts up to 2 park cleanups per year, dedicated to providing a safe and clean environment for wildlife and park patrons alike.

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ACRES SAVED + PROTECTED

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Habitat loss is the primary cause for the decrease in biodiversity and the loss of free services nature provides. We purchase and preserve ecologically intact land to help meet the growing need for open space. With 1,205 people per square mile, New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the U.S. Going forward, open spaces will be the most cost-effective and efficient means to provide vital functions, such as improving water quality, protecting wildlife habitats and carbon dioxide sequestration.

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MONARCH BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY

The Monarch Butterfly population has declined 90 percent since the mid 1990s. In human population terms, that’s the same as losing every living person in the U.S. except for those in Florida and Ohio. This critical pollinator’s mortality rate is a sign of a collapsing ecosystem.

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Out in the wild…

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Threatened Animals Observed + Reported

Our team frequently explores the local park system looking for animal species listed as endangered, threatened and of special concern. To date, we have found 25 species, including neotropical migrants, hawks, eagles, and amphibians.

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Rare + Threatened Plants Planted

Our team frequently explores the local park system looking for rare plants. In addition, we have planted threatened and endangered species on the properties we manage including rare milkweed species critical to the survival of the Monarch Butterfly.