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.
Since 1900, in New Jersey, 12 species are extinct and 339 species are endangered or threatened. For example, the only known occurrence in the world of the endangered Hammond’s yellow spring beauty, as well as over one-half of the world’s populations of swamp pink, occur in New Jersey. 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.
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.
The more you know about how native plants affect the local ecosystem, the better equipped you will be to make a difference.
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.