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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .