A few years ago, some wetlands adjoining our New Jersey location lacked a transitional area between land & water, also called a ‘riparian buffer,’ In nature, these overgrown areas next to a stream or estuary stop erosion & sediment runoff, provide cover, & offer needed food & shade to fish & animals.
Along with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, NJ Audubon Society, & local schools we planted thousands of native shrubs & trees alongside our facilities. By planting these riparian buffers we established areas of shrub-scrub habitat with a life expectancy of over 30 years (eventually succeeding to forest). During the first 30+ years of establishment, the project will provide habitat for bird species of concern: blue-winged warbler, eastern kingbird, brown thrasher, prairie warbler, eastern towhee & field sparrow. To learn more visit the New Jersey Audubon and the Delaware Estuary.