3/29/12 Volume XLV, No. 13
The box office success of The Lorax, with an environmental message delivered by a hairy orange tree advocate, has renewed interest in the classic 1971 Dr. Seuss book of the same name.
With any luck, The Lorax might give a big boost to other children’s books that promote a love of nature and the outdoors.
A new study in the journal Sociological Inquiry found that if picture books are any indication, children are increasingly isolated from . . .
3/22/12 Volume XLV, No. 12
In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray lives the same 24 hours over and over again.
New Jersey is having its own Groundhog Day with a law known as the Permit Extension Act, which keeps outdated development permits alive. The act was first passed in 2008, and a new version is now before the state Legislature.
Thanks to work by environmental advocates, citizens and champions in the Legislature, the bill was held just before a vote was to be taken. But that . . .
3/16/12 Volume XLV, No. 11
“Thursday night massacre, kangaroo court, gutless, nasty, dirty politics, and Soviet style governance” are just a few of the terms being used to describe the actions of a majority of the New Jersey Highlands Council members this week when they abruptly voted 9-5 to remove their highly competent and effective executive director, Eileen Swan, without warning or justification. Five members of the Council strongly protested the vote.
The firing is the boldest salvo to . . .
3/9/12 Volume XLV, No. 10
Ducks Unlimited celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about its work. Ducks Unlimited too often “flies under the radar,” yet it is a model of how hunters and anglers have contributed for decades to natural habitat conservation.
Ducks Unlimited was officially incorporated in 1937, but its roots go back even earlier to an organization called the “More Game Birds in America Foundation.” . . .
3/1/12 Volume XLV, No. 9
The familiar opening lyrics to Woody Guthrie’s 1945 folk classic, “This Land Is Your Land,” should be taken literally when talking about our public lands. This land IS your land – and my land, too. We hold it in public trust for future generations. Unfortunately, in these tough economic times, the desire to divert open space to other uses is becoming all too common.
As sluggish real estate markets have eroded property tax revenue around this state . . .