Panel passes forest ecoystem bill

Make text smaller Make text larger

TRENTON — Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Parker Space making the state’s forest ecosystems healthier and safer received Assembly Agriculture Committee approval today by 5-0 vote.

The bill allows controlled burns of forests and open lands to protect against wildfires.

“Reducing the forest floor fuel of dead brush and leaves with prescribed and controlled burning will protect people, property and wildlife against raging wildfires,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Pinelands wildfires have burned thousands of acres and forced thousands of people to be evacuated. Hopefully landowners will realize the benefits of burning off dead brush and leaves before wildfires take the pines out of our pinelands and people out of their homes.”

“We can promote a healthier forest environment by expanding the use of safe and controlled burns,” said Space (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “They have secondary ecological benefits, allowing for wildlife habitat management, forest disease and pest control, and nutrient management.”

The Dancer-Space bill establishes procedures and a process for certifying individuals to conduct prescribed burns, and authorizes the Bureau of Forest Fire Management to conduct burns in any area of the state it determines is in reasonable danger of wildfire. Before doing so, it must give landowners 30 days’ notice. Landowners burning on their own property do not need to be certified.

Make text smaller Make text larger


Pool Rules


Program for military families to begin
The Center for Prevention & Counseling will kick off its 2019 Military Family Night Out Program on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Read more »

Cinderella coming to Mayo Center
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, will come to Mayo Performing Arts Center...
Read more »

January Thaw festival to close with Michael Cleveland
HACKETTSTOWN — Centenary Stage Company’s January Thaw Music Festival closes on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Lackland Performing Arts Center with Michael...
Read more »

School funding bill becomes law
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to increase funding for school security was signed into law.
“Improving the safety...

Read more »


Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers


Local News
Franklin teachers honored
  • Jan 11, 2019


Weather in Lafayette, NJ