May 10, 2016 |
The seemingly endless woods flanking Route 72 might seem just "trees, trees, trees" to most motorists whizzing to and from the Jersey Shore. But to Russell Juelg, these were not mere "woods" he was visiting on this drizzly afternoon, but one of the newest additions to the vast and rustic Franklin Parker Preserve in the Pinelands of Burlington County. "I had to use four-wheel drive the last time I came through here," he said, inching his car along a narrow sand road. Then he paused alongside a broad patch of low, gauzy green and got out of the car. "Sand myrtle," he said, crouching down.
August 12, 2015
SSUE | CLIMATE Northern Everglades It was a remarkable and rare occurrence that a manatee was found swimming in the Delaware River recently, but this was an alarm bell going off. With ocean and river temperatures hitting record highs, these events will happen more and more. New Jersey's weather trends are like those of Tidewater Virginia 30 years ago. And who knows whether 30 years from now, our weather will be more like northern Florida's? The way we're going, the Pine Barrens may end up being more like the Everglades unless something is done about climate change.
July 28, 2015 |
Deep in the Pinelands, Albert Horner's SUV brushed against huckleberry bushes and low-hanging tree limbs while bumping along a narrow sandy road toward Jemima Mount - a once-picturesque hillside in Wharton State Forest. On the way, Horner navigated through scarred, battlefieldlike landscape, past massive ruts, water-filled holes, mud wallows, and felled trees. "You feel like it's the Wild West out here - just insanity," said Horner, 69, a longtime Medford Lakes resident and member of the board of trustees of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA)
July 11, 2015 |
With its winding sandy roads, pristine forests, and tea-color creeks, the land has an ethereal, fairy-tale quality. It is dominated by pitch pine uplands, and contains the headwaters of Biddle's Branch and Goodwater Run, both tributaries of the Wading River. And the inhabitants include endangered species such as bobcat and bald eagle, and threatened species such as the barred owl, northern pine snake, and Pine Barrens tree frog. This 473-acre tract has been added to the Franklin Parker Preserve, a vast Pinelands area surrounded by the Brendan T. Byrne, Bass River, Wharton, and Penn State Forests and the Greenwood Wildlife Management Area.
March 11, 2015
ISSUE | GARDEN STATE Pollution legacy In the 1940s, my boyhood trips to my grandfather's farm in the Pine Barrens meant holding my breath from Newark to Bordentown because of the stench. North Jersey was a chemical cesspool and remains one to this day ("N.J. settles for millions, not billions," March 6). It will continue to be one unless irresponsible politicians do something about the problem. As President Obama said, each of us is part of the long story of human history, and we should try to get our paragraph right.
February 18, 2015 |
Kathy Anne English grew up inspired by the wildlife, landscapes, and people of the Pinelands. "I paint what I'm passionate about. I paint where I am," says the prolific watercolorist, who lives in a woodsy, light-filled home in Mullica Township, Atlantic County. For English, creating a 10th-anniversary poster for Lines on the Pines, a lively annual gathering of authors, artists, musicians, and craftspeople, was a natural. After all, they, too, are inspired by the 1.1 million-acre national reserve, a unique, fragile, and storied landscape that comprises nearly a quarter of the Garden State.
February 6, 2015 |
The changes in Woodland Township have been good or bad, depending on the point of view. Mayor Matthew Henrich says they've hurt the Burlington County township, stifling its sportsman culture and traditional outdoor activities that defined the community. Residents freely hunted on the 9,400 acres of the Pinelands before the land was bought in 2003 by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit that preserves land and natural resources. They fished and swam in reservoirs, and rode motorcycles and ATVs over the land, Henrich said.
December 24, 2014 |
Due to climate change, the iconic New Jersey forest known as the Pine Barrens may start to lose its namesake trees over the next century, a recent study concludes. As temperatures rise, the Pine Barrens may become the Oak Barrens. "The regeneration potential of pitch pine - the likelihood that they would be able to establish in a place - really plummets in the middle of the century, and that's purely a climate change signal," said Alec Kretchun, a forest ecology researcher at Portland (Ore.)
November 7, 2014
ON A RECENT Saturday afternoon, I finally went hunting. I was outfitted to fight the elements and loaded for - not bear, but certainly hen of the woods and other kinds of wild-growing edible mushrooms. Armed with a knife and an old grocery bag, I set out with fungi enthusiast and local photographer Michele Frentrop and expert mushroom collector Felix Giordano to earn our food just like our ancestors did. Well, Felix's ancestors, anyway. I doubt mine ever had a plant-based meal that didn't originate in a freezer.