12/29/16 Volume XLIX, No. 51
The year 2016 ended with a mixed environmental record for New Jersey. While there were a few true gains, there were many losses and some mixed outcomes.
Perhaps the best environmental news of the year was the final passage of state funding for preserving parks, natural areas, farmland and historic sites after two years of being mired in dispute.
In November 2014, voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment permanently dedicating a portion of New Jersey’s . . .
12/21/16 Volume XLIX, No. 50
In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we often eat too much and exercise too little. But with a new year coming, it’s a great time to get back on the road to fitness!
If you resolved to start 2017 on the right foot, there’s no better way than joining a First Day Hike. Nineteen New Jersey state parks will host hikes on Sunday, Jan. 1, as part of a national movement to kick off a healthier New Year.
Don’t worry if you’ve had a little too much cheer . . .
12/15/16 Volume XLIX, No. 49
Since the 1980s, New Jersey lost tens of thousands of acres to sprawl development when condos, McMansions, office buildings and strip malls spread across the landscape without coordinated planning.
But according to a new study, “energy sprawl” - pipelines, compressor stations, transmission lines and other energy infrastructure - is now the greatest threat to farmland and natural areas across the United States.
Titled “Energy Sprawl Is the Largest Driver of . . .
12/8/16 Volume XLIX, No. 48
Do you remember catching fireflies, building tree forts or looking under rocks in a stream? How about jumping in piles of leaves and making snow angels?
Research shows that if you had rich nature experiences like these as a child, you probably grew up to have a deep connection with, and concern for, the environment.
But many of today’s children don’t share that connection. Studies show that the average child in North America spends over 2,700 hours per year . . .
Did you ever wonder why some trees and shrubs stay green all year? Or, conversely, why other trees shed their leaves before winter?
You might think deciduous trees lose their leaves because they’re trying to avoid freezing weather. But they’re actually coping with the drought conditions of winter.
According to Dr. Emile DeVito, New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s staff biologist, the best clue comes from tropical forests with extended dry seasons. When . . .