1/27/12 Volume XLV, No. 4
For most people, January is quiet. We recover from the holiday whirlwind, pay off credit cards (at least partially!) and resolve to eat less and exercise more.
But in even-numbered years like 2012, the new year is hardly quiet for the New Jersey Legislature. Rather, it’s the tail end of the “lame duck” session, the two-month period between the November election and the expiration of legislative terms.
During lame duck, the Legislature enters a mad flurry . . .
1/20/12 Volume XLV, No. 3
By the time Howard P. Boyd graduated from high school in 1932, he had earned every possible Boy Scout nature merit badge. Those two loves – scouting and nature – defined his life.
Howard passed away in December at the age of 97, and his huge legacy will live on through the definitive books he penned on New Jersey Pine Barrens ecology, the thousands of scouts and naturalists whose lives he touched, and an enriched body of science about Pine Barrens . . .
1/13/12 Volume XLV, No. 2
It’s a sad reality that preserved farmland and open space need saving over and over again. Though secured from housing sprawl development, New Jersey’s preserved farmland often finds itself the target of proposals that would destroy the very natural resource value that prompted its preservation in the first place! Governor Chris Christie deserves credit for his conditional veto of efforts to open up preserved farmland to commercial wind farming.
Assembly . . .
1/5/12 Volume XLV, No. 1
Snakehead. The name sounds foreboding, especially for those with “ophidiophobia,” otherwise known as fear of snakes. But this freshwater fish isn’t frightening because of its name; it doesn’t have a long, slithering body, venom-filled fangs or a coil-and-strike pose.
Instead, the Northern Snakehead is scary because it’s an alien invasive fish with the potential to disrupt the ecology of New Jersey’s rivers, streams and lakes by decimating native . . .