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; . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .