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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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Hard cider in the Garden State

Turkey Time

American shad return to New Jersey river after 173 years

Act now to avoid worst climate impacts

NJ Natural Lands Trust celebrates 50 years

Must love bats!

Move and improve your health!

Renewable energy: Save money and our land, water, air and health

Speak up for endangered species!

Save the bugs!

Check out New Jersey's fall bird migration

A little bit of respect...for native plants!

Explore New Jersey's wildflower meadows

All aboard floating classrooms

Catch the Perseids meteor shower!

Check out the 'fun' in fungi

Too hot to think? Studies shows heat affects your brain

Love NJ's outdoors? Take action now!

New Jersey's official reptile, the bog turtle

Sea level rise and New Jersey: Not perfect together

These New Jersey plants have an appetite for insects

Explore the Pine Barrens through paddles, hikes and tours

Like to jog? 'Plog' instead and keep NJ clean

Love Jersey fruit? Thank our native pollinators!

Good news for globally rare swamp pink lilies

Say cheese! Remote cameras aid wildlife research

Begone, single-use plastic bags!

3,000 birds and counting for 'bluebird grandfather'

The Pine Barrens gets some help from its friends

A clean energy future for New Jersey

Cowtown and rare grassland birds, perfect together

Fight light pollution during International Dark Sky Week

New film tells story of how Petty's Island was saved

Ten years of nipping invasive species in the bud

Welcome spring in a county park

Go for a walk and feel better!

Grab a friend and go outside

Recycle your way to zero waste!

Last call for winter wildlife watching on Jersey coast

Without its 'understory' layer, the forest will collapse

From whale songs to poetry, a remarkable journey

A cleaner, greener New Jersey

Let's keep New Jersey the Garden State, not the Pipeline State

New Jersey's winter hikes

'Trees don't vote' but Byrne saved Pine Barrens anyway

Governor-elect Murphy should set new course on the environment

Protect soils to keep the garden in our state

Clean, plentiful water is New Jersey's lifeblood

A breath of fresh air for New Jersey?

Keep Liberty State Park free and open

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