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10/30/15   Volume XLVIII, No. 44
“Love thy neighbor” is not a new concept. But who qualifies as a neighbor when development proposals are reviewed? Is it folks living on the same street? In the same town? Or in a larger region that might include other states? An appeals court brought clarity to this question on Oct. 21, ruling that New Jersey’s Municipal Land Use Law requires towns to consider people beyond their borders as neighbors when making land use decisions. The court addressed a . . .
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10/23/15   Volume XLVIII, No. 43
Bats are just about the most misunderstood creatures on the planet, often thought to be creepy, spooky or dangerous. “They want to suck your blood, they’ll fly into your hair and they spread disease” are just a few common myths. No wonder bats are a staple of scary Halloween lore, costumes and decorations! In truth, bats are one of the most helpful of species, gobbling thousands of insects a night and reducing our need for chemical insecticides. A nursing . . .
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10/16/15   Volume XLVIII, No. 42
Newark - New Jersey’s largest city – is getting national attention for converting an old industrial site along the Passaic River into a public park. It’s a smart move that gives thousands of residents a great place to walk, relax, play and meet their neighbors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave Newark a “National Award for Smart Growth Achievement” for turning 16 acres of previously contaminated land into Riverfront Park, providing . . .
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10/12/15   Volume XLVIII, No. 41
You might think you can only see spectacular fall foliage in New England. Think again! Right here in this state we’re in, you can see vivid reds, oranges and golds at their peak in mid to late October, with leaves changing color first on mountaintops and along water. And one of the best ways to enjoy the fall is with a hike.  Here are some favorite places – all top choices of New Jersey Conservation Foundation staff. Northern New Jersey’s mountains . . .
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10/2/15   Volume XLVIII, No. 40
As they alight on seaside goldenrod flowers or roost in Eastern red cedars, monarch butterflies are unmistakable, with their brilliant orange and black patterned wings. Although their flight may seem meandering and subject to the vagaries of wind, monarchs are on an instinct-driven mission right now. These “ultra-marathoners” migrate over 2,000 miles to the forests of central Mexico. They hold the distance record among migrating insects, and their journey is one of the . . .
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POSTS

Maine-to-Florida urban trail celebrates 25 years

Rare plants and animals need help!

Ban offshore drilling and seismic testing off NJ coast!

Summertime and the digging is easy

Is the elusive bobcat here to stay?

NJ water supply plan rings alarm bells

NJ's Piedmont: Formed by volcanoes and erosion

Defend public health and safety in state budget

'Magical' early 17-year cicadas

June and open space: Perfect together

Hit the trails on June 3, National Trails Day

Socializing with nature

Preserve land - and state's in lieu of taxes program

New Jersey's 'marl' pits yield dinosaur discoveries

Vernal pools: Now you see 'em, now you don't

State targets illegal dumpers in parks and forests

Former governors and elected leaders stand up for environment

Join CSAs to support local farms, save money, eat better

Weather extremes may be New Jersey's new normal

Bald eagles and ospreys rebound in New Jersey

Pine Barrens prescribed fires: A renewal force

Take a walk on the bottom of the sea!

Energy efficiency saves money and land - and creates jobs!

The Pines of March

Trees are more social than you think!

New Jersey's geological 'layer cake'

Keeping the 'great' in Paterson's Great Falls

Some good news!

Take action to defend and protect land and water

Interested in ecology? Become a Rutgers Environmental Steward

2016 wins and losses for New Jersey's land and water

Kick off a healthy New Year with First Day hike

Energy infrastructure: the new sprawl

Two great books for connecting kids with nature

Why do some trees stay green while others lose their leaves?

Melting ice, rising seas, hotter planet

Our forests never sleep, even in winter!

Documentary brings Great Swamp battle back to life

Defending the land they loved

Four years after Sandy, rising sea levels predicted

New Jersey: Small state, big diversity

10 great natural areas for enjoying fall colors

Removing obsolete dams brings rivers back to life

Humpback whales a welcome sight off NJ coast

NJ wine industry boosts agritourism

For good health, bathe in a forest!

Let's NOT make a deal!

New Jersey's spectacular waterfalls

Urban trees boost health and land values

Blue Acres: A win-win for open space, owners of flooded homes

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