Our goal is to protect Byram's abundant natural resources and
work with our Township's committees and residents
to preserve our quality of life and keep Byram GREEN!
Located in the heart of the New Jersey Highlands, Byram Township is known as "The Township of Lakes," having more than two dozen lakes and ponds within its 22.48 square miles. Byram Township is also the proud home of Allamuchy State Park, Waterloo Village, Wild West City, and large areas of parkland with many miles of hiking, biking, and cross-mountain skiing trails.
Established in October 1974, the Byram Township Environmental Commission participates in a broad array of Township issues. The ordinance establishing the Commission defines its responsibilities as "all things necessary to promote the conservation and development of the Township's resources, to provide the impetus and take leadership in natural resources planning, and to inform the public about local conservation programs and the need for conserving the natural resources of the Township." The Commission also reviews all applications before the Township Planning Board, makes site visits, and submitts written comments to the Planning Board and applicants.
Recent Commission projects:
- Annual Byram Day activities and participation
- Support the Amphibian Tunnel project on Waterloo Road and provide assistance during the annual spring migration of the amphibians
- Development of the growing town-wide network of hiking and biking trails, including the 2013 update of the Township Trail Guide, first published by the Commission in 2006. Current ANJEC grant project work includes optimizing Trail information posted on township website.
- Support community programs for Byram Schools and Boy Scouts
- Grant projects, including repairing two Byram sections of Sussex Branch Trail, creating trails on three Township open space parcels, linking trails with Stanhope and Hopatcong, expanding Brookwood Park, developing a Community Forestry Plan, obtaining No Net Loss tree planting funds.
- Cleanups of Byram's trails, parks, and streams; articles and film-showings on various environmental issues, especialy protecting our lakes, streams, and wells; Tri-County Forums on environmental issues of regional significance.
- 2010 update of the Townships Natural Resources Inventory as part of the Highlands Conformance process, the NRI was written and published by the Commission in 1994.
Past Commission work:
- Participation in the development of the Township's Smart Growth Plan, Master Plan, Lakefront Development Plan, and Village Center ordinances.
- Grants for the Lubbers Run Greenway Study and the townwide Groundwater/Aquifers Study.
- Application for and implementation of grant projects totaling about $500,000 over the past 20 years.
- Establishment of a community Collaborative Planning process for Township residents and developers.
- Byram Day activities, including the "Name the Stream" contest, which resulted in official State and federal adoption of names for nine previously unnamed streams in Byram.
The Commission submits annual summaries of its work to the Township Council.
Interested in joining us? We are always looking for residents to help on projects or serve as Commission members. If you are interested, please call Environmental Commission secretary Donna Fett at 973-347-2500 x 138 or attend a Commission meeting (held on the 4th Thursday of each month, except on or near holidays ,at 7:30 p.m. at the Township Municipal Building).
- Chair - James Myers
- Vice Chair - Michelle Rehse
- Member - Nora Amato
- Member - Eric Duch
- Member - James Reinhold
- Member - Catherine Varian
- Township Council Liaison - David Gray
- Planning Board Representative - Lisa Shimamoto
- Alternate II - Donna Koenig
- Alternate I - Kathleen Parrish
- Secretary and Non-Voting Member - Donna Fett