Forestry Policies (New Jersey)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place New Jersey

Applies to States or Provinces New Jersey
Name Forestry Policies (New Jersey)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source State Assessment and Strategy:

Biomass Work Group Report: SAGE permitting guidelines:


New Jersey Forests are managed by the Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry, New Jersey Forestry Services. In 2010 the State issued its Forest Action Plan, including some mention of forestry residues as biomass fuel:

In 2011 The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities commissioned a report by the Biomass Work Group (BWG) titled "Biomass Resources for Producing Renewable Power and Fuels in the State of New Jersey and Incentives to Promote Their Development":

The BWG document makes several recommendations to promote a biomass industry in the State, including performing "study of energy yields of forestry residues to establish economic incentives for utilizing these plentiful resources."

In 2007, Rutgers University completed its "Assessment of Biomass Energy Potential in New Jersey," an inventory of biomass resources in the State. The majority of the estimated available resource was in the form of municipal solid waste, with the balance coming from forest and agricultural residues:

The NJDEP is authorized to determine the sustainability of biomass feedstock, and requires forest residues to be "harvested or collected in a manner not to create adverse ecological impacts":

The State Department of Environmental Protection's Sustainability and Green Energy Division has led efforts to complete a guidance document for the development of biomass resources and technologies in the state:

Policy Contact

Department New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Division Parks and Forestry

Contact Name Ravi Patraju
Department Department of Environmental Protection
Division Sustainability and Green Energy

Phone 609-341-2183


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: NJDEP Biomass Sustainability Determination