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New Jersey’s Natural and Working Lands Strategy (NWLS)

On December 13th, 2021, following the joint effort between NJ’s Department of Environmental Protection and NJ’s Department of Agriculture, NJ’s NWLS Scoping Document was released for public comment. Below, you will find the Scoping Document as well as a form to submit comments. The comment period will end on February 11th, 2022. In addition, the Department will host a set of targeted stakeholder sessions for the specific natural and working land types that will be the focus of our carbon capture and sequestration efforts. The land types that will be covered include forests, agricultural lands and aquaculture, grasslands, wetlands, developed lands, and aquatic resources and habitats. To participate in these targeted sessions please fill out the form located below and identify all stakeholder sessions that you would like to participate in. Invitations to the sessions will be sent out closer to the session dates, which are estimated to occur in the Spring/Summer of 2022. The Department looks forward to your comments and participation in the stakeholder sessions to ensure NJ’s Natural and Working Lands Strategy effectively assists in mitigating the effects of climate change.

NWLS Resources


Comment on NJ’s NWLS Scoping Document

To submit a comment on NJ’s NWLS Scoping Document, please complete the form below, select the comment topic you are commenting on (if multiple topics are addressed in your comments, please select other), and enter your comments in the space provided. Then click the Submit button to send them. These comments will provide the Departments with meaningful input on priorities in each topic area that you feel would benefit your communities and New Jersey as a whole.

To submit a comment longer than 20,000 characters (about 10 pages) or attachments, please email NJclimate@dep.nj.gov with the subject line NWLS Comments

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Targeted Stakeholder Session Participation Form

The Department intends to host targeted stakeholder sessions for each land type within the NWLS. If interested in attending, please fill out the form below, select which land type sessions you are interested in attending and click submit

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