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February 14, 2001


For more information contact:
Patricia Hamilton at 908-236-2118

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with several conservation organizations and local and federal agencies, will host a stream restoration workshop on Saturday, March 24 in Peapack-Gladstone, Somerset County. First held in 1998, this will be the third time this popular and informative workshop is offered.

The "Restoring Our Streams" workshop emphasizes the use of low cost techniques involving live plant materials (called bio-engineering). The result is a natural streamside appearance and improvement in the health of the stream and its banks. It is highly recommended for streamside landowners, environmental commissioners, public works departments, conservation organization/fishing club members, environmental regulators, landscapers and concerned citizens.

During the morning session, speakers will discuss how to evaluate a stream site for restoration work, choosing proper restoration techniques, plant materials and tools, and techniques for improving in-stream fish habitat. Information will also be presented on permit requirements and available funding. In the afternoon field session, participants will have a hands-on opportunity to apply various stream restoration techniques at several locations along Peapack Brook.

By combining both classroom education and hands-on field experience, participants will understand the fundamentals of restoring and enhancing streams. The workshop is limited to 60 participants and will be held rain or shine, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required; the cost is $25 per person, which includes instruction materials, refreshments, a box lunch and transportation to the field site. Please call early to avoid disappointment. To register or to request a brochure, call 908-735-0733.