Protecting Nature In Your Community
By: Elizabeth A. Johnson & Timon McPhearson
This colorful booklet highlights the importance of nature in New Jersey and provides recommendations for conserving it. The most densely populated state in the nation, New Jersey also has a remarkably diverse landscape, and is home to mammals such as black bear, bobcat, porcupine, and otter, along with more than 400 species of birds, at least 200 of which nest in the state. In addition, New Jersey supports more than 2,000 native plant species, almost half of which are considered rare within 280 different types of upland and wetland habitats. Protecting Nature in Your Communitywill serve as a guide for communities, institutions, educators, and individuals to help us appreciate and preserve the natural world in which we live. Protecting Nature in Your Community was written by Elizabeth A. Johnson, Manager of the Metropolitan Biodiversity Program, and Timon McPhearson, a research scientist and teaching fellow in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University, and was funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.