Posted on 9 September 2016
The Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum has restored a small (1 ha) area of remnant New Jersey Pinelands forest found on the campus. Invasive species have been removed and species found in surrounding similar habitat that were probably present at one time but have been extirpated have been introduced.
The site is managed to reduce shade in one part of the habitat to maximize habitat diversity (in the absence of fires, which are currently suppressed but would historically have been an occasional occurrence). Exclosures and tree trunk protectors are maintained to prevent damage from a large deer population. In addition, another small area on a highly visible part of the campus has been restored as a native Pinelands species display garden. The staff member responsible has been teaching courses on the native ecosystems for 20 years and is applying that knowledge to restoration efforts. Please contact Michael Gross for more information about this project.
Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) has been reintroduced into restoration sites
Turkey beard (Xerophyllum asphodeloides) is now present in the restoration sites