Environmental Commission

Courtesy of Peter Chance

Courtesy of Peter Chance

Here you can find information about the Mantoloking Environmental Commission, announcements, newsletters, and other resources promoting environmental stewardship.

Mission Statement of the Mantoloking Environmental Commission (March 2013)

“The Mantoloking Environmental Commission seeks to improve the environmental quality of our land, bay, and ocean. Through education and outreach, the Commission encourages citizens to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into homes, gardens, and daily life. The Commission’s goal is to improve the health of the land and the surrounding waters while reducing the potential to harm the environment.”

The Commission meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Mantoloking Yacht Club Sailing Center. Meetings begin promptly at 5:00 p.m.

The Environmental Commission has a Seaside Gardening Primer available for all residents. The primer contains helpful hints and suggestions for “going native” with your landscaping. Click here for more information.

2017 Meeting Schedule

News and Updates From the Environmental Commission:

Fall Gardening – Environmental Commission Tip of the Month – October 2017
Once again, summer has passed and the cooler days are upon us. With this comes the die off of the perennials that populate our yards and the lush habitat that our friendly outdoor critters enjoy.

As we look out at the browning gardens, we immediately think about lopping, trimming, and cutting back all the dead flora.
Actually, much of this flora provides seeds, nourishment, and habitat for the wildlife through the cold season. Here are some examples of things you can do in your gardens and yards to promote a friendly environment for our winter wildlife:

Birds enjoy the seed heads of many plants including Black Eyed Susan, Purple Cone flowers, Asters, Goldenrod, and ornamental grasses. Ideally, these seed heads should be left in place until the spring.

The stalks of many plants can provided shelter for native bees and beneficial insects. Generally, it is the queen bee that survives the winter, but only if she has the proper accommodations. The insects can keep unwanted pests under control. Let the stalks and plant debris remain.

Letting the seaon’s growth hang around for the winter and breakdown via rain, snow, wind, and harsh elements will ultimately nourish the soil from which this growth came.
Additionally, the last lawn cut of the season should allow for a higher cut. This will help enable the grass blades to absorb more nourishment for the root system during the winter.

If you haven’t done so already, put the pruning sheers away for the season. Most plants that are pruned this late in the season might generate new growth, which will then die off and possibly hurt or kill the plant.

Most importantly, take a few minutes each day to walk around gardens and foliated areas in your vicinity, and appreciate and revel in the joy of nature at work and wonder about how you can do the right thing to nurture it.

A nice resource for gardening tips is

Happy Gardening

Posted: October 9, 2017

Environmental Commission Minutes – August 2017

Attached please find the Environmental Commission meeting minutes for August 2017.

Posted: September 14, 2017

Pinelands Commission “Pipeline” Meeting Rescheduled for September 14th

The message below is from the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.  The decisions of the Pinelands Commissions affect the bay that we live on, around, and play in and on!  Full details can be found here.


The Pinelands Commission announced that they have cancelled the September 8th meeting scheduled for the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River in an article in the Burlington County Times on September 6th.
The meeting was re-scheduled for September 14th in response to a letter submitted by our lawyer 

 September 1, 2017.
We pointed out that scheduling the vote for September 8th was a violation of the Pinelands Commission’s own rules and resolution PC4-17-10 which affords interested parties the right to request an evidentiary hearing within 15 days of the release of the Executive Director’s report.  September 8th was only 10 days after the report was issued.
Date: Thursday, September 14, 9:30 a.m.
Location: **War Memorial Theater
Address: 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton, NJ 08608
If you have questions please call us at 609-859-8860.  The agenda for the meeting is here and you can find information about all Commission meetings on their website here.
If you are on Facebook, you can join the event we created here.
*They stated in the newspaper article and in their letter to PPA that the meeting will be held at the War Memorial Theater in Trenton but have yet to confirm that on their website.
Public Comment is Closed
Read and share the comments that PPA submitted in opposition to the pipeline. They can be found here.

Two Topics on the Agenda for September 14th:
As you know from our earlier email this is the Commission’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting.  On the agenda is the vote on the New Jersey Natural Gas pipeline and a vote on a resolution to better protect Wharton State Forest.
Posted: September 8, 2017

Mantoloking Environmental Commission Tip of the Month – September 2017 – Recycling Update

Attached please find the Mantoloking Environmental Commission Tip of the Month for September 2017 – a Recycling Update.

Posted: September 2, 2017

Environmental Commission Meeting Minutes – July 2017

Attached please find the minutes for the July 2017 Environmental Commission Meeting.

Posted: August 22, 2017

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Native Plants:

Native Plant Nurseries | Native Plant Information

Resources & Links:

Barnegat Bay Partnership

Save Barnegat Bay

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County

American Littoral Society

Barnegat Bay (NJDEP)

Commission Members:

Courtney Bixby (Chair)
Joan Mattia
Edwin C. O’Malley
Lynn O’Mealia
Constance Pilling
John Wesson
Laurence White