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What Everyone Should Know About “Good Plants” and “Bad” Plants in Union County


UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Freeholders is pleased to announce a special free event, Good Plants and Bad Plants: How to Tell the Difference and Support Healthy Ecosystems, on Wednesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Trailside Nature & Science, 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

The event is free but pre-registration is required by emailing

Landscapers and property managers are encouraged to attend, as well as homeowners, gardeners, civic and environmental organizations, and members of the public who are interested in conserving native species.

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“Conserving our natural heritage is something that practically anyone in Union County can support, whether it’s eliminating invasive species from your own property, helping to preserve native plants in our public parks, or educating yourself and sharing your knowledge with others,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados.

Attendees will learn why native plants are important, how to select beneficial native plants for their property or business, and how to help foster a healthy, diverse ecosystem in the Union County community.

Good Plants and Bad Plants is presented by Mike Van Clef, an expert on rare and invasive species and co-founder of the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team. Mr. Van Clef has 25 years of experience in the field of ecological health monitoring and natural resource policy.

This event is a special presentation by the Department of Parks and Recreation Environmental Services office through the New Jersey Watershed Ambassador Program and is part of Chairman Grandados’s 2018 Plant A Seed initiative, designed to empower Union County residents of all ages through environmental engagement and education.

For additional information or to find more about nature conservation in Union County parks visit the Adopt-a-Park program online at or call 908-789-3683.

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