Between 1972 and 1995, Hunterdon County lost 20% of its upland forests. This does not even include any forested wetlands. Trees - especially contiguous woodlands, serve the critical public and environmental needs, including stormwater management, erosion control, groundwater recharge and threatened and endangered species habitat. They reduce noise pollution, filter water, conserve energy, and provide aesthetic value. Trees and woodlands can be a financial benefit to communities, landowners, and builders alike, creating a win-win situation for everyone.