Panel clears bill to restore state landscape with native plantings

Panel clears bill to restore state landscape with native plantings

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – The state would be required to use native plants for land management projects under legislation advanced today by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. The bill (A1676) is sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer.

“This is going to save taxpayer money and benefit the environment,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Installing plants that are naturally suited to our environment and soils reduces maintenance and replacement costs. Indigenous plants are more likely to survive and thrive in local conditions.”

The measure, which passed the Assembly by a 75-0 vote last session, requires the purchase of plants from New Jersey horticulture businesses. It also calls for native plantings for reforestation projects and habitat restoration.

“Native plants provide natural habitats for birds and animals that are common to the area and don’t require harmful chemicals and pesticides, protecting our water supplies from contamination,” Dancer said.