New Jersey Audubon and Local Organizations Set for Riparian Planting in Milford on April 7

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New Jersey Audubon (NJA), the New Jersey Youth Corps of Phillipsburg, Trout Scapes, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Musconetcong Watershed Association will join together on Friday, April 7 for a riparian planting along the Musconetcong River in Milford.

As a part of its Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) and through funding from the William Penn Foundation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), NJA aligns conservation efforts of multiple partners to accelerate protection and restoration efforts of the water quality in the Delaware Basin.

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“Conservation is a collaborate effort,” said John Parke, Stewardship Project Director for NJA. “Projects of this size and scope are possible because of a multitude of partners working together for a common goal – conservation of New Jersey’s natural resources. Not only does the project enhance habitat for fish and other aquatic species, but it also has an enormous impact on improving water quality for all who live in the Musconetcong Watershed.”

The riparian planting will restore just about a mile of the Musconetcong River bank buffer and benefits water quality, soil health and floodplain function. It will also significantly enhance habitats for bald eagles, neo-tropical migrant bird species, trout and other aquatic species, as well as threatened and endangered species, including the Wood turtle and Brook Snaketail dragonfly.

There will be many photo and interview opportunities for media.

WHO:             New Jersey Audubon and volunteers from New Jersey Youth Corps of Phillipsburg, Trout Scapes, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Musconetcong Watershed Association

WHAT:           The groups will partner for a riparian planting along the Musconetcong River in Warren County, NJ.

WHEN:           Friday, April 7 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:         Smith Farm Field, County Road 627, Milford NJ 08838

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