Environmental Commission


Our goal is to protect Byram's abundant natural resources and

work with our Township's committees and residents

to preserve our quality of life and keep Byram GREEN!

 

Located in the heart of the New Jersey Highlands, Byram Township is known as "The Township of Lakes," having more than two dozen lakes and ponds within its 22.48 square miles. Byram Township is also the proud home of Allamuchy State Park, Waterloo Village, Wild West City, and large areas of parkland with many miles of hiking, biking, and cross-mountain skiing trails.

Established in October 1974, the Byram Township Environmental Commission participates in a broad array of Township issues. The ordinance establishing the Commission defines its responsibilities as "all things necessary to promote the conservation and development of the Township's resources, to provide the impetus and take leadership in natural resources planning, and to inform the public about local conservation programs and the need for conserving the natural resources of the Township." The Commission also reviews all applications before the Township Planning Board, makes site visits, and submits written comments to the Planning Board and applicants.

The Byram Township Environmental Commission is a proud member of the Association of N.J. Environmental Commissions, the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, and the Musconetcong Watershed Association.

Upcoming events:

Volunteers Wanted for Invasive Plant Removal - Volunteers are sought to assist the Byram Township Environmental Commission with the identification and removal of invasive plants on Saturday, October 2nd, from 9 a.m. to noon, along the Glenside Woods Trail.  Participants will park and meet on Camelot Drive, across from the trail entrance on Lee Hill Road.  Michael Van Clef, Director of NJ Invasive Species Strike Force, will instruct volunteers on how to identify specific invasive plants.  This brief lesson will be followed by a walk on Glenside Woods Trail and the removal of the invasives.

Invasive plants are not native to the area and take up large amounts of space that would otherwise be occupied by various native species. Unchecked, invasive plants choke out native plants, adversely impacting animals and insects.

Volunteers will be given bottled water, work gloves, and bags in which to collect invasive plants. Volunteers are reminded to bring bug and tick repellant, sunscreen and hand tools. 

The Environmental Commission is a very active group and is comprised of environmentally minded volunteers.  We currently have a vacancy and would welcome new members!

To register (for the event or to join the Environmental Commission), please contact the Byram Township Environmental Commission Secretary Donna Fett at 973-347-2500, ext. 138, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

 Recent Commission projects: 

- Annual events such as Arbor Day and Byram Day activities and participation

- Support the Amphibian Tunnel project on Waterloo Road and provide assistance during the annual spring migration of the amphibians

- Development of the growing town-wide network of hiking and biking trails, including the 2013 update of the Township Trail Guide, first published by the Commission in 2006.  Current ANJEC grant project work includes optimizing Trail information posted on township website

- Support community programs for Byram Schools and Boy Scouts

- Grant projects, including repairing two Byram sections of Sussex Branch Trail, creating trails on three Township open space parcels, linking trails with Stanhope and Hopatcong, expanding Brookwood Park, developing a Community Forestry Plan, obtaining No Net Loss tree planting funds

- Cleanups of Byram's trails, parks, and streams; articles and film-showings on various environmental issues, especialy protecting our lakes, streams, and wells; Tri-County Forums on environmental issues of regional significance

- 2010 update of the Townships Natural Resources Inventory as part of the Highlands Conformance process; the NRI was written and published by the Commission in 1994

 Past Commission work:

- Participation in the development of the Township's Smart Growth Plan, Master Plan, Lakefront Development Plan, and Village Center ordinances

- Grants for the Lubbers Run Greenway Study and the townwide Groundwater/Aquifers Study

- Application for and implementation of grant projects totaling about $500,000 over the past 20 years

- Establishment of a community Collaborative Planning process for Township residents and developers

- Byram Day activities, including the "Name the Stream" contest, which resulted in official State and federal adoption of names for nine previously unnamed streams in Byram

- The Commission submits annual summaries of its work to the Township Council

2020 Stormwater Letter Mailing

Interested in joining us? We are always looking for residents to help on projects or serve as Commission members. If you are interested, please call Environmental Commission secretary Donna Fett at 973-347-2500 x 138 or attend a Commission meeting (held on the 4th Thursday of each month, except on or near holidays ,at 7:30 p.m. at the Township Municipal Building).

Volunteers are needed!   Several times a year, the Environmental Commission sponsors trail clean-ups on Byram Township's trails.  Volunteers may be needed to remove fallen branches off trails, trim bushes and cut back invasive species like barberry that encroach on the trails, remove trash, etc.   If you are interested in being on the distribution email for this, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 


Meeting Minutes / Agendas

Forms

Documents


How Homeowners Can Protect Our Lakes, River and Wells - 08/14/2009
Aquatic Invasive Species - 06/18/2010
Hazardous Trees:  Thirteen Questions to Ask. - 06/18/2010
Reducing stormwater pollution to our waterways - 09/01/2010
HOW TO GET RID OF INVASIVE STILTGRASS - 09/27/2010
Private Well Testing - 07/18/2013
Emerald Ash Borer Insect Information - 05/31/2017
Lubbers Run and C-1 Classification by NJ DEP - 06/08/2017
Spotted lantern fly - 12/16/2020

Appointed Members

  • Member - James Myers
  • Vice Chair - Eric Duch
  • Planning Board Representative - Lisa Shimamoto
  • Member - Kathleen Baron
  • Secretary and Non-Voting Member - Donna Fett
  • Township Council Liaison - Harvey Roseff
  • Alternate I - Vacant
  • Alternate II - Kymberli Morris
  • Chair - Kathleen Parrish
  • Member - Dana Flynn
  • Member - Helene Jaros