Water Cycle, A Refresher: Impacts On Our Lands

In a natural watershed (with 0% impervious surface), ground water infiltration is 50%, but as development increases, impervious surface penetration decreases ranging from 42% infiltration—in low density development to areas—down to 15% infiltration in urban watersheds.
A great refresher video, provided here by The Watershed Institute, as how human activity and development impacts stormwater run-off: https://youtu.be/qmbw5qO9v74
Also, did you know that similar helpful environmental resources and planning tools are nicely organized and provided by ANJEC, the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions available at: http://www.anjec.org/ToolsResources.htm

“New app could turn outdoor enthusiasts into citizen-scientists”

Article:  “New app could turn outdoor enthusiasts into citizen-scientists”, January 13, 2016


The Sustainability Institute, http://www.sustainability.psu.edu

ACRES 2015 Arbor Day Photo Contest Winners

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The results are in and we have our winners!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, and a special thanks to all the wonderful children who submitted entries — you all have such potential! We hope you will keep taking pictures, and always find the beauty in each tree.

For our five winners, your wonderful photos will be placed on the ACRES website (acresinfo.org) and will be featured on future ACRES  educational material.

We’re very proud of you!

To view the five winners, go to:


Photo Contest Update

Our Arbor Day Photo Contest is underway! In fact, to ensure everyone has a chance to submit an entry, we have extended the deadline until Monday, April 20.  So, all you young, budding photographers (grades K-5), take a photo of your favorite tree and tell us why it’s such a great tree, then send it to: acresemail@gmail.com.  Voting begins Wednesday, April 22.  For more details, go to https://acresinfo.wordpress.com/photo-contest-2/?preview=true&preview_id=815&preview_nonce=09ad6a647f

Tree lover

Photo Contest Reminder

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Don’t forget, our Photo Contest is happening! The voting will begin on April 14th.  Make sure all those budding photographers (grades K-5) email their entries to acresemail@gmail.com.  For more details, go to https://acresinfo.wordpress.com/photo-contest-2/?preview=true&preview_id=815&preview_nonce=e6e769db27

2015 Franklin R. Myers Scholarship

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ACRES is pleased to announce a $500 scholarship to a deserving graduating high school senior from the Somerset Hills, New Jersey area who intends to study environmental science, conservation, biology, landscape/horticulture, sustainability, urban planning, park administration, forestry, or a related environmental or scientific field.  If you are interested, or know of a young student who may qualify, please take a look: https://acresinfo.org/scholarship/