Miriam Dunne

Miriam Dunne

Retired biologist, NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife and Board Member for NJ Forestry Association 

Woodland owner, Christmas tree farmer, beekeeper 

For me, forest stewardship is all about the critters. As a state wildlife biologist for 32 years, I came to appreciate habitats and ecosystems for their ecological value. But the wildlife that inhabits oak-hickory forests in Northwest NJ on my 75 acre farm is what makes stewardship important to me. I look forward to hearing migrant songbirds in May and knowing that there is breeding habitat for them.  I enjoy hearing wood frogs and seeing egg masses of spotted salamanders in vernal pools. Being able to hunt for deer or wild turkeys in my woods is a privilege and a responsibility. By shooting enough deer we help to ensure regeneration. Observing wildlife throughout the year is what inspires me to be a forest steward.