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Camp Taylor Honored for Environmental Work

April 11, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

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Camp Taylor Campground, located in northwestern New Jersey, was awarded in March the Corporate Citizen Green Award during the Garden State Green Fest held at Kean University, recognizing their positive environmental business practices, the Warren Reporter announced.

The Garden State Green Awards, also known as the “Boggies,” honor individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the environment. The awards are named after the once abundant Bog Turtle, which is now among 16 indigenous animals on the New Jersey endangered species list.

Located on more than 400 acres of forested habitat off Mount Pleasant Road, Camp Taylor was recognized for maintaining green business practices since it began in 1966.

The Corporate Citizen Green Award was given for the campground’s conservation and preservation of energy and resources, including the use of fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, low-volume pressure assisted flush toilets, automatic shut-off faucets, and coin-metered showers to conserve water. Their roads remain gravel, not paved, to keep impervious surfaces at the bare minimum.

Along with these conservation efforts, Camp Taylor has developed feed plots for wildlife, as well as a separate lake to provide a water source for animals during droughts and to serve as a resource for fighting forest fires. A swimming lake designed to ensure the continuous flow of fresh water was built rather than installing a pool maintained with chemicals. Campers are required to recycle glass, tin, aluminum and plastic.

A developed woodland management plan ensures a healthy forest. Firewood is harvested on site, and bringing firewood into the campground is prohibited to prevent the spread of non-native invasive beetles. Sites were built in their forest with care to protect the surrounding species of trees and natural brush. Artificial lighting is kept to a minimum to prevent light pollution and facilitate stargazing.

The Taylor family encourages the “leave no trace” philosophy, and design campground activities to promote environmental awareness, education and preservation. The gift shop located on the campground provides many gifts made from recycled, tree-free and sustainable materials.

While “green” has become the new catch phrase for businesses, Camp Taylor has been following these practices for decades. Clayton and his wife Jean continue to carry out the ideals of the founder, Joe Taylor.

“My father always stressed our responsibility as stewards of the land,” said Clayton Taylor. “Our children represent the third generation to continue his legacy.” Jessy and Joshua, along with Josh’s wife Meagan, are now working to preserve this ideal for generations to come. Camp Taylor has been recognized by the state Department of Environmental Protection under the Environmental Stewardship Initiative, and is a past recipient of the Warren County Tourism Award and the Governor’s Tourism Award.

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