ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION
Tiziana Johnston – Recording Secretary
609-259-3600 ext. 115
- Environmental Commission requires four members present to make a quorum.
- Mayor selects Chair and appoints not less than five, but not more than seven members.
- Meetings are held 4th Tuesday of each month at Robbinsville Township Municipal Offices in the Public Meeting Room located at 2298 Route 33 at 7:30 p.m.
What is the Environmental Commission and how you can participate?
Robbinsville Environmental Resource Inventory (ERI) 2015 (click to open )
Robbinsville Environmental Commission Annual Report
ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION MEMBERS AND EXPIRING TERMS
Kim Paris, Co-Chair - 12/31/18
Cheryl Schwendt - 12/31/18
Delaney Hellman - 12/31/18
Frank Cetina (Planning Board Representative) - 12/31/19
Amy Decker - 12/31/17
Carrie Lindig - 12/31/17
Jonathan Baier - 12/31/17
Robbinsville High School Liaison: Eva Bair
Environmental Overview: Robbinsville's natural resources have long shaped the lives of its inhabitants. The Lenape Indians, who inhabited the lands of Robbinsville for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans, relied upon fish, game, and plants from the area's streams and upland forests. They also made good use of the region's rich agricultural soils. The high quality soils of the Robbinsville area also played a major role in its settlement by Europeans. Almost immediately after their arrival, Quaker and Presbyterian settlers began to clear the forest and work the land, cultivating grain, fruits, and vegetables. In recent decades, significant areas of the township have experienced suburban growth, representing a break from its long agricultural past.
Despite intense development pressure over the past 25 years, the township has been vastly successful in preserving open space. Robbinsville voters approved an open space tax in 2005 to generate dedicated funds for land preservation, and will be asked to do so again on the November, 2016 election ballot as Mayor Dave Fried looks to preserve an additional 400-plus acres in 2017.
Robbinsville remains focused on acquiring conservation easements on as much of the township's remaining farmland as is practical. As of July 2009, some 3,153 acres, or 24 percent of Robbinsville's total acreage, had been permanently preserved for open space through purchases and easements. Hundreds more acres have been preserved throughout the township over the last seven years. These areas are used for parkland, natural resource conservation, watershed protection, and wildlife refuges.
The township also contains over 1,000 acres of preserved farms.
The area's wetlands, upland forests, and grasslands provide significant habitat for a wide range of plants and animals. The ability of natural areas to help filter and eliminate urban pollution is vital to the continued health of the community and the enjoyment of its citizenry. Knowledge of the environmental resources of Robbinsville will allow its officials and citizens to make informed decisions as they strive to maintain Robbinsville's identity and create a sustainable, healthy landscape.
Source: This is a condensed version of the Environmental Resource Inventory (ERI) published in March, 2012 for the Township of Robbinsville.