Workshop: Connecting Habitats Across New Jersey
March 16 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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How should we be assessing areas for habitat connectivity in our urban watersheds? How can we build support for biodiversity planning in our urban core?
In this half day workshop we will learn how to use tools developed by NJDEP to help assess habitat connectivity needs, and hear from NY/NJ Harbor Estuary about findings from recent citizen science connectivity assessments.
To kick things off, NJDEP zoologist Brian Zarate and his team will introduce the statewide habitat connectivity plan called Connecting Habitat Across New Jersey (CHANJ), launched last year by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. NJDEP will provide an overview of the major tools that CHANJ offers to guide a multi-scale, all-hands-on-deck approach to improve landscape and roadway permeability for wildlife, demonstrate the new interactive, web-based CHANJ Mapping tool, and show how it can be used to help guide land protection and management and to mitigate barriers to wildlife movement – goals that are particularly urgent in the face of climate change and urbanization.
Following the CHANJ session we will hear from Isabelle Stinette with NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Program who will discuss findings from an ongoing stream crossing study and aquatic connectivity: www.naacc.org
The workshop will run from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm in the Freeholder Meeting Room at the Middlesex County Administration Building, 75 Bayard Street / New Brunswick, NJ / 08901.
For more on why we need improved habitat connectivity, especially in our urban areas, see the LRWP’s framing piece. See also this Nature of Cities piece on planning for biodiversity conservation and the associated “Building for Birds” on-line tool.
Photo: Roger Dreyling, “BioBlitz Foxes” @ Elmwood Cemetery, New Brunswick 6.18.2019