3/28/14 Volume XLVII, No. 13
Three hundred fifty years ago, a British royal decree created New Jersey’s first “subdivision,” the provinces of East Jersey and West Jersey. But the Duke of York, who gave the land to two loyal friends, didn’t explain how to divide it.
That job fell to Surveyor-General George Keith, who was charged with plotting the exact boundary – or Province Line – running diagonally from the Atlantic Ocean to the Delaware River in a northwesterly . . .
3/21/14 Volume XLVII, No. 12
The swan is a fitting mascot for the Bergen Save the Watershed Action Network, otherwise known as Bergen SWAN, a grassroots organization that’s achieved huge gains in water protection.
“Swans are a graceful but very tough bird,” pointed out Lori Charkey, co-founder of the group. “If you mess with them, they’ll bite you.”
Bergen SWAN’s combination of grace and toughness can be traced to Charkey and her partner of 30 years, Mark Becker, . . .
3/14/14 Volume XLVII, No. 11
New Jerseyans know deer. They’ve hit them while driving, come down with Lyme disease, or had their gardens ravaged by hungry deer. They also take beautiful pictures of deer and are awed by the spectacular fawns.
White-tailed deer are literally everywhere. They’re abundant in all 21 counties, and have been spotted on beaches, city streets and even inside stores!
So it’s hard to believe that in the late 1800s, deer were virtually absent from New Jersey’s . . .
3/7/14 Volume XLVII, No. 10
Most park benefits are obvious. Glorious green spaces for playing and relaxing outdoors boost our physical and mental health. They provide shelter for wildlife and places where we can connect with nature, and they teach us about our history and heritage. Parks can serve as large swaths of open space that safeguard drinking water and mitigate flooding from storms.
But parks – non-commercial by their very nature – are also powerful economic engines, contributing millions of . . .