Medford’s environmental committee announces free community presentation

The Environmental Affairs Advisory Committee (EAAC), Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions will present information on what residents can do to help the environment.

Residents with creek-friendly yards are encouraged to attend. The information session will be held on Wednesday, May 29 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cranberry Hall Senior Center, located behind the Medford Municipal Offices at 17 N Main St. This free presentation will be hosted by the Medford Township Council’s Environmental Affairs Advisory Committee, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions. Residents may also register on-line at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creek-and-lake-friendly-yards-tickets-61595193883.

The discussions and speakers include:

  • Conserving Water at Home (Rich Bizub, Pinelands Preservation Alliance)
  • Landscaping for a Creek-Friendly Yard (Isabella Castiglioni, Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions)
  • Septic Management (Jamie Bitzer, English Sewage Disposal)
  • Declining Honeybees: What Can We Do to Help (Jason Shoff of the Mill Creek Apiary)

Discussion will outline the benefits of honeybees as pollination and for biodiversity. Shoff will also discuss other common aggressive stinging insects – wasps & hornets, and misconceptions about the honeybee. He will also explain the original term “Colony Collapse Disorder” and what it means today. As a part of Shoff’s presentation, he will introduce some ideas about what we can do to directly impact honeybee health, including use of alternative herbicides/pesticides, keeping managed colonies and how to integrate beneficial plantings.

For more information, please email bportocalis@medfordtownship.com or visit www.MedfordTownship.com/EAAC.