BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Did you know that there is an organization in town that focuses on preserving the environment and natural resources? The Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission is an advisory group of volunteers that recommends plans, programs and ordinances for the development, preservation and use of open lands and wetlands. The Commission is seeking new members.
Residents interested in serving should complete an application found at http://www.berkeleyheightstwpnj.gov/forms.html and send it to bRusso@bhtwp.com. Applications may also be dropped off at the Municipal Building, 29 Park Ave.
The Commission has developed a natural resources inventory, a community forestry management plan, and worked with other groups to preserve and improve the open space in Berkeley Heights. The Commission also advises on the environmental impact of proposed developments.
Berkeley Heights is one of only 34 towns out of the 566 New Jersey municipalities that attained certification in the first year of the statewide Sustainable Jersey program. The certification recognizes Berkeley Heights for developing environmental plans and ordinances, planting trees, installing rain gardens, and running a Green Fest that included environmental demonstrations.
“Our members are all volunteers with a love for the environment and an interest in conserving the resources of our township for future generations,” says Richard Leister, chairman of the Commission. “The Commission comprises nine residents with staggered terms. A couple of members have decided to retire from the Commission, so we are currently seeking new members.”