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12/28/11   Volume XLIV, No. 51
It’s not an exaggeration to say that nature inspires.  The visual arts are perfectly attuned to capturing everything from a majestic blazing sunset to a delicate wildflower blossom.  But nature has also inspired countless writers to paint pictures with words. The Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail in Princeton is a great place to explore and enjoy poetry in the context of central Jersey’s natural beauty. Some walking trails are meant for exercise; . . .
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12/20/11   Volume XLIV, No. 50
Mistletoe is one of our most iconic holiday symbols.  You see it in pictures, hear about it in familiar carols, and either look for it or avoid it depending on your romantic status! But what do you really know about the plant, the origins of the many customs surrounding its use, and New Jersey’s unique tradition of “mistletoe hunting?” American Mistletoe – the species Phoradendron leucarpum in our eastern forests – refers to a variety of . . .
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12/16/11   Volume XLIV, No. 49
If you could travel back in time to the end of the Civil War, you’d be amazed to see that New Jersey had virtually no forests. Beginning in colonial times, vast primeval forests filled with centuries-old trees were cleared for timber and agriculture. Most forests were logged repeatedly, but with few deer and no invasive plant species, they recovered. By the end of World War I, the Industrial Revolution had changed our relationship with the land. As the population shifted from . . .
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12/9/11   Volume XLIV, No. 48
Real or fake? It’s an age-old debate, and this time of year we’re talking Christmas trees.  You may think that an artificial tree is the more environmentally responsible choice – after all, it spares a real tree the woodsman’s ax!  But buying freshly-cut, locally-grown holiday greens supports Garden State farms, which can help us all. The same sunlight and soil that earned the Garden State its well-deserved reputation as the nation’s produce . . .
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12/1/11   Volume XLIV, No. 47
Governor Chris Christie recently unveiled a plan to make New Jersey’s state park system pay for itself.  The need for park management funding has been recognized for a long time. Our parks are dramatically underfunded, and it’s time to look for constructive and creative solutions. It costs approximately $39 million dollars a year to run the state park system. Compared to the total state budget that’s not a lot, especially considering this state we’re in . . .
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POSTS

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

Get mosquitos to buzz off - naturally!

Flawed pipeline approval process needs reforms

Speak out for our Atlantic Ocean and coast!

Help Pokemon Go lead into outdoors and nature

NJ 4th in peaches; don't miss out on peach season!

Water, water everywhere - keep it safe to drink!

Growing beer in the Garden State

Celebrate NJ's Revolutionary War parks and open spaces on July 4

Override Governor's veto of open space bill

Taming the wild blueberry 100 years ago

Celebrate and take action during National Pollinator Week

Get on the Circuit for National Trails Day

New tax deduction would give boost to NJ non-profits

Best nature movies

Call on Governor Christie to sign the open space bill!

Native seed bank may provide ash trees of the future

Urban farms bring healthy local foods

National Park Service turns 100

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