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State Resource Assessment

New Jersey forestState Resource Assessment - 2011

As part of a nationwide effort, NRCS New Jersey has completed a State Resource Assessment (SRA). The purpose of the SRA is to help National and State Leadership have guidance on resource objectives. The findings will potentially help with funding and priority area decisions.

The SRA focused on nine major resource concerns. Under those nine major resource concerns, 31 natural resource concerns were identified. For example, under the major resource concern soil quality, there are three natural resource concerns: 1) Sheet, rill, and wind erosion, 2) Concentrated flow erosion, 3) Excessive bank erosion from streams, shorelines, or water conveyance channels. Of the 31, New Jersey chose 20 natural resource concerns that we felt were relevant to New Jersey conditions.

A notice sent to State Technical Committee members in April invited their participation in the assessment process. The State Technical Committee survey ranked what natural resource concerns were most important for each land use. The 34 responses to the survey indicated that the top three natural resource concerns for each land use in New Jersey are:

  • Cropland: Soil Erosion, Water Quality Degradation, Soil Quality Degradation
  • Pastureland: Water Quality Degradation, Soil Quality Degradation, Degraded Plant Condition
  • Forestland: Degraded Plant Condition, Inadequate Habitat for Fish and Wildlife
  • Other Associated Ag Land: Water Quality Degradation, Inefficient Energy Use, Soil Erosion

Thanks to the support from members of the State Technical Committee, the assessment was completed on time and submitted to NRCS Headquarters on June 1, 2011.


The workbook below contains the final acreage and priority information submitted. The process summary document details the data sources and methodology utilized to develop the assessment acres and priorities.

An overlay of natural resource concerns was applied to different land uses: cropland, pastureland, forestland, and other associated agricultural land to produce twenty maps that depict where the resource concerns are located. The goal is to determine areas that are at risk and overlay that information with work that has been done and what needs treatment.

Documents require Adobe Acrobat
NJ State Resource Assessment Workbook (70 kb)
NJ State Resource Assessment Process Summary (123 kb)

Associated Maps
Base Agricultural Land Cover (16.1 MB) - foundational map for project; shows acreages of cropland, pasture, forest, and other agricultural land
Soil Erosion - Sheet Rill (1.3 MB)
Soil Erosion - Concentrated Flow (1.8 MB)
Soil Quality Degradation - Subsidence (125 kb)
Soil Quality Degradation - Compaction (1.2 MB)
Soil Quality Degradation - Organic Matter Depletion (942 kb)
Excess Water (460 kb)
Water Quality Degradation - Excess Nutrients (1.6 MB)
Water Quality Degradation - Pesticides (6.4 MB)
Water Quality Degradation - Pathogens and Chemicals (2.3 MB)
Water Quality Degradation - Sediments (1.5 MB)
Water Quality Degradation - Temperature (442 kb)
Degraded Plant Condition - Productivity (4.7 MB)
Degraded Plant Condition - Wildfire (1.2 MB)
Inadequate Habitat for Fish and Wildlife - Habitat Degradation (3.1 MB)
Air Quality Impacts - Emissions (373 kb)

Contact: Christine Hall (732) 537-6057