Readington Township Environmental Commission Receives $250,000 Grant for Meadow Afforestation
The Readington Meadow Afforestation project will plant native species of trees on 11 acres of selected open fields and meadows in Readington Township, returning these areas back to woodlands and reconnecting them with adjacent contiguous forests.
“Readington Township has had a long history of open space and farmland preservation,” said Readington Mayor Juergen Huelsebusch and Project Manager Robert Becker. “The Township established a goal in 2018 to preserve an additional 3,000 acres of land and achieve the protection of 40% of our total lands by 2050. As Readington continues to pursue this goal, our land stewardship responsibilities of these acquired properties becomes more important. What could be timelier than the opportunity to convert old farmland back to native woods? Concurrently, we can provide an educational opportunity to the community on the value and importance of trees as an ally in addressing global climate change. Thanks to NJDEP’s Natural Climate Solutions grant for this opportunity, and we are excited to get on with meeting the challenge.”