Focus on Forests by Daniel J. Van Abs

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Focus on Forests by Daniel J. Van Abs

  1. 1. Daniel J. Van Abs, PhD, PP/AICP Associate Research Professor Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey
  2. 2. So many acres, so little $$
  3. 3. Setting Priorities – Variations on a Theme Raritan Basin Method Highlands RMP Method (33 Criteria)  Forests and Wildlife Habitat  Forest Integrity  Watershed Characteristics  Riparian Corridors  Recharge Areas  Open Waters and Wetlands  Critical Habitat  Steep Slopes  Overlay to identify areas with the  Wellhead Protection Areas  Riparian Areas  Ground Water Recharge  Proximity to Preserved Open Space  Not Urban Land Use/Land Cover  Overlay to identify areas with the highest combined scores  ID highest priorities by parcel highest combined scores, group to High/Mod  ID highest priorities by parcel, adding in proximity to preserved open space
  4. 4. Ground Water Recharge  NJ Geological Survey method –     GSR-32 (Charles, et al., 1993) Infiltration to water table, not aquifer recharge per se Combination of precipitation, surface runoff, evapotranspiration and soil moisture deficit information Can use average or drought recharge rates “Prime” Recharge Areas – lands providing best recharge  Raritan Plan: 25% of total recharge by subwatershed  Highlands RMP: 40% of total recharge by subwatershed Highlands Council, 2008
  5. 5. Final Results
  6. 6. Land Preservation for Water Supply  Full watershed  Contra Costa Co., CA  Critical areas  Akron, OH  Mass. WRA  NJWSA  Rochester, NY  Seattle, WA  Other public owners  Portland, OR

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