5/31/13 Volume XLVI, No. 22
Take a hike through any of New Jersey’s large state parks, forests or wildlife management areas, and at some point you’ll come across deep, muddy ruts and tire tracks, broken and smashed vegetation and, in some cases, stream banks and slopes churned into gullies.
These are not signs of habitat management, or rangers and maintenance crews on patrol. They’re the signature of illegal all-terrain vehicles, quads, dirt bikes, giant off-road trucks and other off-road . . .
5/23/13 Volume XLVI, No. 21
Does food taste better when you grow it yourself? Try it and see!
If you’d like to grow fresh veggies and fruits but can’t or don’t want to have a garden at home, consider a community garden. They’re sprouting up in many places around the Garden State, providing fantastic spaces to test your green thumb.
“Community gardens” refer to sites – often on public land – where individuals can tend a patch of soil for the growing season, . . .
5/17/13 Volume XLVI, No. 20
Outside on a warm day, something buzzes past in a blur. A large bumblebee or sphinx moth, perhaps? How about a hummingbird?
With about 340 hummingbird species in the Western Hemisphere, only one – the ruby-throated hummingbird – is found in the eastern United States. And these glittering jewels of the avian world have arrived in New Jersey!
Ruby-throated hummingbirds spend their winter in Mexico and Central America and fly north every spring to breed. Their . . .
5/10/13 Volume XLVI, No. 19
Many things are perfect together. Wine and chocolate … movies and popcorn … shorts and flip-flops … New Jersey and you.
But some are not – like solar power plants and farmland. You might think they’d make a perfect pair, since flat, open farm landscapes have easy access to the sun’s renewable energy.
But New Jersey’s farmland is precious. This state we’re in has some of the best soils in the world and a climate that fosters . . .
5/5/13 Volume XLVI, No. 18
It’s been six months since Superstorm Sandy pounded New Jersey, and summer is almost upon us.
Towns up and down the coast are preparing for Memorial Day weekend and the arrival of beach lovers, fisherman, surfers and boaters whose tourism dollars keep the shore economy ticking.
Many shore towns are still busy with post-Sandy repairs like cleaning debris from sand, helping businesses and homeowners recover, and rebuilding boardwalks. And they’re counting on . . .