Environmental Conservation News

The Garden Club of New Jersey
Environmental / Conservation Committee

We pledge to protect and conserve our natural resources of Planet Earth and to promote education so that we may become caretakers (stewards) of our air, water, forest, land and wildlife. (The National Garden Club’s Conservation Pledge).

The GCNJ Environmental / Conservation Committee is led by an Advisory Board of our outstanding environmental leaders representing the diverse areas of our state. Please CLICK HERE to continue reading about The Garden Club of New Jersey Environmental / Conservation Committee

Current Concerns
1.  Director Warshauer – Jersey Shore Still Needs Help (Copied from CAR Regional Review)
It has been one year since Super Storm Sandy slammed into our region and devastated many towns along the eastern seaboard. Even though some communities have made significant steps forward, many still struggle. It will take more time to recover and our continued support to help those still in need is how our garden clubs can make a difference. The hard-hit areas are most grateful for all of the support and kindness they have received and should continue to receive. In addition to our concern for areas close to home, let us also remember those who have suffered in the Philippines and recently, in Illinois.

2.  Our State Tree is in Danger
Many specimens of our state tree, the Red Oak (Quercus rubra), are infected and dying from Bacterial Leaf Scorch, Xylella fastidiosia. We asked Director Crawford for guidance. The following is his answer. ” Aside from keeping the plants healthy (no parking around the trees, proper pruning, adequate irrigation) the only course of action at present is an injection done in late May. The injection needs to be done each year, but it prevents the xylem from getting ‘Plugged’ for that year and allows water to pass on to the leaves and photosynthesis to continue. To date, some of the other oak species have been diagnosed with Bacterial Leaf Scorch, as have Lindens and Sycamores, but none are as susceptible (to my knowledge) as Quercus rubra.

When thinking shade trees, you are also thinking in blocks on 30 year minimums, since that is how long it takes for a seedling to mature to shade tree proportion. If the climate continues to warm, some trees, such as Sugar Maples will not thrive in NJ as they do currently. All stuff to consider for the future!”

Onnolee Allieri recommended an excellent article on the subject. Just Google  The State of The State Tree – New Jersey Monthly or enter the URL http://njmonthly.com/articles/lifestyle/the-state-of-the-state-tree.html

3.  Wini Applegate subscribes to The Center for Food Safety in Washington, DC. She sent us emails on the Bee Toxic Pesticides and Coca-Cola to stop funding anti-labeling campaigns. Check CenterforFoodSafety.org to be informed on these important concerns.

4.  Protect the Palisades and the Cloisters
Nancy Schmaltz informed us the New Jersey Federation of Woman’s Clubs is leading the Effort to protect the Palisades, as they did 100 years ago! She suggested GCNJ  inform all our members of the potential loss of a natural resource to a commercial interest. Check the web site for details. http://www.protectthepalisades.org/

The cold winter days will be perfect for planning how you and your club can participate in President Mullin’s theme, ‘Beautify All Our Gardens’, how you and your club can help ‘Restore, Refurbish and Replant the Jersey Shore and how your club can ‘Protect Our Air, Water, Forest, Land and Wildlife’ to support President Nelson’s National Theme ‘Making A World of Difference – Choices Matter’.

Please submit your concerns and suggestions for the committee to me at Jeanette@Lorenyoungjohnson.com

Jeanette Johnson, Chairman
Deborah Lux, Vice Chairman


Aveda found that a majority of plastic bottle caps do not get recycled today. Often these caps end up as litter or trash, ending up in landfills and beaches or migrating into our rivers and oceans. Birds and other marine creatures mistake them for food with tragic results. The magnitude of this pollution problem is devastating to our oceans and wildlife. You can be part of the solution by joining Recycle Caps with Aveda. We are building a new recycling program for plastic bottle caps in which caps are collected at stores and schools and then sent by Aveda to our recycler where the material is recycled into new caps and containers.

CLICK HERE to learn more.
CLICK HERE for the Cap Guide.

Environmental Articles

CLICK HERE for Our Environment: Report by Ingrid Justick

CLICK HERE for book plates and descriptions of the plant collections found at the EMILY DE CAMP HERBARIUM at ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK

Community Connections (MS Word doc.)

Green Plants for Clean Air (MS Word doc.)

Ways to Save Our Planet (MS Word doc.)

Saving Energy While Cooling Your House (MS Word doc.)

“Silent Invaders-Invasive Plants Common to New Jersey” (PDF)

“How to Recycle Just About Anything” (MS Word doc.)

“Naturally Clean Laundry” (MS Word doc.)

Spring Cleaning with Common Kitchen Ingredients (MS Word doc.)

Conservation Column

Click here for a brochure on Endangered Plants (PDF format)

Drip Irrigation (MS Word)

Disconnect Energy Drainers (MS Word)