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fifty foot bufferPocket woodlands take on a different character depending on the season.

May 8, 2017

Article: “Tree Therapy? ‘Forest Bathers’ Say It Helps” 

The Wall Street Journal


February 5, 2017

Scholarship Offering:  Franklin R. Myers Scholarship, Spring 2017

Active Citizens for Responsible Sustainability, Inc. (ACRES) is pleased to announce a $500 scholarship to a deserving NJ graduating high school senior who intends to study environmental science, conservation, biology, landscape/horticulture, sustainability, urban planning, park administration, forestry, or a related environmental or scientific field.

The Franklin R. Myers Scholarship was established by ACRES in 2015 to honor the memory of the late esteemed educator and conservationist, Franklin R. Myers. For over thirty years as a biology teacher at Bernards High School, this visionary educator inspired and motivated a generation of students in conservation, land stewardship and wildlife management principles.

As creator of New Jersey’s first-in-state living laboratory–BHS Nature Trail and Wildlife Sanctuary–on the school’s six-acre pocket woodland, Franklin Myers’ passion for teaching and preserving the environment encouraged young minds while serving as a role model for the community. The successful multi-curriculum program was recognized as a prestigious school and community project for decades.

The scholarship recipient will be selected based on academic performance as well as having demonstrated leadership, concern for the environment and commitment to the community.

Eligibility requirements and application can be found at:

Deadline:  May 1, 2017;

Winner announced by May 31, 2017


Letter to the Editor:  “Elimination of Bernardsville trees called tragic”

May 16, 2016

The Bernardsville News


Article:  “Trees removed for Bernardsville Bank, residents shocked by clearing”

May 4, 2016

The Bernardsville News


Editorial: “Hideous Tree Removal in Bernardsville”

April 29, 2016

The Bernardsville News


Article:  “Another Bernardsville Bank”

April 26, 2016

The Bernardsville News


Article: “Environmental scholarship available from Bernardsville group”
March 8, 2016
The Bernardsville News


Press Release

October 28, 2014

ACRES, local pocket woodlands advocacy group is granted non-profit status

ACRES, Active Citizens for Responsible Sustainability, Inc. is pleased to announce it has been granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as a non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service, effective April 12, 2013.

ACRES’ mission is to promote and protect neighborhood pocket woodlands, one acre at a time.

ACRES empowers citizens and grassroots groups to seek responsible and sustainable land use practices.

ACRES promotes awareness of the intrinsic value of pocket woodlands.

ACRES facilitates environmentally-based education programs that underscore the tangible benefits of these small parcels of land.

Small, neighborhood pocket woodlands, especially in New Jersey–the most-densely populated state–create wildlife corridors, are a critical part of our local watersheds, and provide habitat for flora and fauna. ACRES’ concern is that development continually fragments these parcels, threatening critical buffer areas. ACRES maintains that human need for development can co-exist with sound environmental stewardship.

ACRES’ initial efforts began with the Bernards High School lower athletic field ‘regrading’ project. ACRES involvement, in part, resulted in a stream designation, woodland buffers and a stormwater management system. For full project chronology, see our website.

ACRES has come a long way in over a year. We look forward to playing a part in New Jersey’s environmental future.

ACRES thanks its supporters for their ongoing commitment to sustainable and responsible land use.

To find out how to contribute to ACRES, go to or write us at P.O. Box 555, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. All contributions are tax deductible.



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ACRES is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

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