Whether they’re small like a salamander or big and wide-roaming like a bear, animals need to be able to move through the landscape to find food, shelter, mates, and other resources. Without that ability to move, healthy populations simply will not persist over the long term. Here in New Jersey, wildlife are up against steady urbanization, a dense network of roads, and now a changing climate, all of which put the connectedness of our habitats and wildlife populations in jeopardy.
Time for CHANJ
Connecting Habitat Across New Jersey (CHANJ) is an effort to make our landscape and roadways more permeable for terrestrial wildlife by identifying key areas and actions needed to achieve habitat connectivity across the state. CHANJ offers two main products – an interactive Mapping tool and a Guidance Document – to help prioritize land protection, inform habitat restoration and management, and guide mitigation of road barrier effects on wildlife and their habitats:
A step-by-step CHANJ Mapping Tutorial video walks you through the Mapping…give it a whirl!
Tools of CHANJ
Explore our statewide CHANJ Mapping and Guidance Document, as well as other resources to guide your habitat connectivity efforts.
Projects & Partners
A growing reel of accomplishments and ongoing projects related to CHANJ.
- Waterloo Road Amphibian Crossing Project
- Sessions from the Northeastern Transportation and Wildlife Conference (Sept 2022 in Atlantic City, NJ) are available to watch! CHANJ projects are among the many great talks.
- Tunnel vision: Helping wildlife cross the road – centraljersey.com, 2/29/20
- DEP Launches Connecting Habitat Across New Jersey (CHANJ) Project to Link Lands for Wildlife Movement (DEP News Release, 5/7/19)
- Salamandars Crossing: This Way To the Vernal Pool! – JSTOR Daily, 4/9/19
- Watch for Turtles Crossing Roadways – DEP News Release, 6/19/18
- New Underground Tunnel to Help Wildlife Cross Road – DEP News Release, 6/4/15
We’ll Be There
- No events are planned right now
- Retrofitting busy highways to let wildlife travel safely, too – Washington Post, 10/11/19
- Wildlife corridors can mean life or death – The Hill, 8/16/19
- How wildlife bridges over highways make animals—and people—safer – National Geographic, 4/16/19
- This is why we need wildlife crossings – Mother Nature Network, 12/10/18