"Loss of habitat has been the single greatest cause of decline and extirpation of animal species in New Jersey. Consequently, the inventory and protection of wildlife habitats is of extreme importance if we are to protect our remaining heritage." (Kane, 1981)
In 2003, the Cranford Environmental Commission completed an updated Natural Resources Inventory. The report identified a vast variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects living in our parks, woods, and backyards. We must all recognize the fact that our actions, no matter how small, can have a profound effect upon the natural world around us. Gaining an understanding and appreciation of the natural world is the first step in developing the desire to want to preserve it.