Egg Harbor Township Environmental
can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking
we used when we created
them.” – Albert Einstein
Achievements for 2015
Our primary goal this year was to
complete the draft of the “significant” tree ordinance
to protect the Township’s largest and oldest trees. A
preliminary draft of this ordinance had been submitted
to Peter Miller for review. The Planning Board reviewed
the initial draft and requested a more thorough
document. This was completed and submitted to Peter
Miller in November 2015. While all of the members of the
Commission contributed to the draft, I would especially
like to thank Nick Fasola for organizing all of the data
that was collected.
We would still like to offer
lectures/workshops to increase public awareness of
environmental issues. We need our chairs to be replaced
to facilitate the use of the Arboretum. The EHT Nature
Reserve Board of Trustees indicated that they would be
responsible for chair replacement since they disposed of
our old chairs. Budget constraints limit the use of the
Community Center on weekends.
We want to continue our involvement in
the development of the EHT Nature Reserve. As our
liaison to the Nature Reserve Board of Trustees, Nick
Fasola keeps the Commission members apprised of any
projects being planned. The Commission members assist as
they are able. I have to say that I was disappointed to
hear that there are those who feel that the Commission
is not doing enough at the park. I disagree and I won’t
review old information. I will say that the Commission
has yet to become the “stewards” of the Nature Reserve.
Again, we are willing to assist with projects at the
Reserve as we are able. The Nature Reserve Board needs
only to ask.
Nick maintains the equipment at the Arboretum.
In May 2015, Dalton Scheeler completed
the construction of a rain garden at the Arboretum. The
rain garden is his Eagle Scout project and is located
near the steps in the parking area. He did a beautiful
job and we are proud to have been a part of his project.
Dalton will be awarded the honor of Eagle Scout on
February 13, 2016.
We will also continue our various
projects and duties as outlined in our Goals for 2016.
submitted by Kim Johnston. Chair
Bluebird count of fledglings for
132 Eastern bluebirds chicks banded and
8 Tufted titmice chicks fledged
17 Tree swallows chicks fledged
14 Chickadees chicks fledged