District Events & Information

 Internship and Volunteer Opportunities:

OCSCD has numerous internship and volunteer opportunities. Valuable experiences are available in soil conservation, public outreach, education programs and presentations, botanical research, urban agriculture initiatives, technology, graphic design, clerical and office management, and more.  Please review project descriptions and submit your application, or contact the District for more information: 609-971-7002

2019 Environmental Educators Roundtable:

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is excited to announce our 22nd Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable. This well attended event features an array of hands-on workshops, exhibitors, resource sharing, networking, a light dinner, and door prizes. Save the Date – Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 3:00-8:00pm. Registration now open. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, OCSCD, 609-971-7002 ext. 114, education@soildistrict.org

OCSCD’s Jersey-Friendly Garden Wins “2018 Garden of Distinction” Award!

Through a grant funded by the Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County Soil Conservation District installed a Jersey-Friendly Garden at the OceanFirst Bank Hooper Avenue Administrative Office, which was honored with a “2018 Garden of Distrinction” award by the prestigious Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. The Jersey-Friendly garden includes native and “Jersey-Friendly” non-native plants that are drought-tolerant, require low-to-no maintenance, and support native birds, butterflies, bees and beneficial insects. Read about our 22 Jersey-Friendly gardens installed throughout Ocean County. Learn how you can create your own Jersey-Friendly garden through the Jersey-Friendly Yards website, designed with home gardeners in mind!

New Soil Restoration Standards

In accordance with P.L. 2010, Chapter 113, the State Soil Conservation Committee has revised its Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control in New Jersey to include provisions for mitigating the negative impacts of soil compaction on construction sites subject to review and regulation by the New Jersey Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39, et seq. These provisions have been included within Sections 8 (Topsoiling) and 19 (Land Grading) of the Standards.(http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/anr/nrc/njerosion.html)

Effective December 7th, 2017, any application submitted to a local Soil Conservation District for erosion and sediment control plan certification must include provisions to mitigate potential soil compaction in accordance with the revised Standards. Previously certified Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plans, plans eligible for re-certification and minor revisions are not subject to the adopted amendments. There are 11 identified exceptions outlined on page 19-2 of the Land Grading Standard.

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District sponsored the 2016 Northeast Regional NACD Conference. Participants from around the northeast spent a few days in the Garden State exploring the diverse conservation opportunities in the agricultural, coastal, natural (Pinelands), and urban environments found throughout New Jersey and the northeast. Click here for more information.

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is featured in the summer 2015 edition of The Resource… Connect to the full newsletter on the NACD (National Association of Conservation Districts) website.

Visit the Asbury Park Press for an informative article on Ocean County U Pick Farms.

Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 971-7002