FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2015
Re: Caldwell Environmental Commission Receives ANJEC 2015 Open Space Stewardship Grant
On Earth Day, the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) announced that the Caldwell Environmental Commission will receive a 2015 Open Space Stewardship Grant of $1250 to create an Open Space Native Pollinator Plant Garden for the Borough. The garden will be located at 27 Personette Street, an open space parcel preserved by the municipality in 2014.
The goal of the project is to plant indigenous plant species that will attract and nourish pollinators including bees and butterflies. Pollinators are a vital part of the ecosystem, but in recent years their populations have been declining. This garden will establish a haven of local habitat to support pollinators. It will also be a pleasant place for people to come and learn more about plants and pollinators.
The Commission will solicit volunteers to assist on work days in June, installing a variety of plants including milkweed, aster, viburnum, spicebush, lobelia, boneset, goldenrod, mallow, black-eyed susan, tickseed, Joe-Pye weed, coneflowers and native grasses and rushes. They will plant a few native trees (paw-paw, redbud and flowering dogwood) that attract pollinators and provide shade.
The Borough will supply topsoil and mulch, and contribute in-kind labor by the DPW to deliver and spread the soil. The Caldwell Environmental Commission will maintain the garden. Commission Chairman Ann Marchioni estimates that 100+ hours of work will be needed to establish the garden. She hopes many residents, young and old, will lend a hand, learn more about the pollinator issue, and then go home and plant pollinator gardens of their own.
ANJEC is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to achieve responsible and sustainable use of New Jersey’s natural resources, and protection of environmental health. The organization provides support for environmental commissions and other local boards and public officials through grants, training, publications, conferences, a comprehensive website (anjec.org) and a resource center. ANJEC’s Open Space Stewardship Grant Program, funded by the Sandy Batty Grant Fund, helps New Jersey’s environmental commissions advance local open space stewardship in their communities