What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is the practice of protecting, managing and restoring ecosystems.
Invasive species and an overabundant deer population have put a lot of pressure on our ecosystem, and sound stewardship practices can help to combat and reverse those negative impacts.
How can you be a Steward at home?
Just as we do on our reserve, it is important for everyone to understand the impact they have on the environment. By being aware of which plants are native to the area and which are invasive, by preserving habitats for native animals, and by using river-friendly practices around the home, you can ensure that you are doing your part for the environment. See the list of resources below and check out our River-Friendly home certification program.
Online Resources for Homeowners:
–Jersey Friendly Yards Plant Database
–Rutgers Bee Information
–Rutgers Native Plant Information
–Homegrown National Park
–Acts of Restorative Kindness
–The Native Plant Society of NJ
–Rutgers Center for Vector Biology-information on mosquitoes and ticks
–How to dress and check for ticks
–Bird Information: https://www.3billionbirds.org/
–Cornell Bird Information: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/
Retail Native Plant Suppliers:
–Wild Ridge Plants in Alpha, NJ
–Toadshade Wildflower Farm in Frenchtown, NJ
–Caliper Farms in Belle Mead, NJ
–D&R Greenway Land Trust (seasonal) in Princeton, NJ
–Village Nurseries in Hightstown, NJ
–Kale’s Nursery in Princeton, NJ
–Rutgers Landscape & Nursery in Ringoes, NJ
–Nectars in Titusville, NJ
–Well Sweep Herb Farm in Port Murray, NJ
–Summersweet Native Plant Nursery in Mays Landing, NJ
–Gino’s Nursery in Newtown, PA
–Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, PA
–Prairie Moon Nursery (online)
–Ernst Seeds (online)
–Pollen Nation (online)
–Pinelands Direct (online)