5/30/14 Volume XLVII, No. 22
With New Jersey celebrating 350 years, it’s exciting to highlight the women who changed the course of history. Some of our state’s most famous include colonial era poet Annis Boudinot Stockton, American Red Cross founder Clara Barton, suffrage movement leader Alice Paul and pioneering aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
More than a decade ago, New Jersey became the first state to survey places associated with notable women. The result is the New Jersey Women’s Heritage . . .
5/24/14 Volume XLVII, No. 21
Once a year, America’s oldest continuously operating corporation meets in a tiny building in Burlington City, N.J. Instead of business suits, shareholders dress in Quaker costumes.
There’s not much business to conduct, because the Council of West Jersey Proprietors is from another era. Established in 1688 as a land grant corporation, the council no longer has vast lands to sell, but still owns some property and settles minor boundary issues.
With New Jersey . . .
5/16/14 Volume XLVII, No. 20
New Jersey’s Green Acres Program wisely expanded the Menantico Ponds Wildlife Management Area in Cumberland County last summer with the purchase of 80 acres of forest, bringing the total preserve to 474 acres.
Wildlife management areas in this state we’re in are some of our most rugged and untamed lands, and this tract – the former Durand Glass property – was a natural for Menantico Ponds because it contains prime breeding habitat for several state threatened . . .
5/9/14 Volume XLVII, No. 19
When New Jersey was founded 350 years ago, getting around was tough. What New Jerseyans think of as roads today didn’t exist in 1664. Most European settlements in the New World were built along rivers and bays, and waterways served as transportation routes – the watery highways of their time.
Early trails and footpaths led from boat landings to villages and from villages to outlying farms, while others were portages between water routes. Some followed old Native American . . .
5/2/14 Volume XLVII, No. 18
April showers, check. May flowers, on the way!
At last, it’s the season of colorful blossoms in woods and meadows, and along roadsides and backyard edges. But sometimes looks are deceiving. Such is often the case with invasive plants.
Non-native, invasive plants may seem every bit as glorious as New Jersey’s native wildflowers. But if you’re a bird, insect or mammal looking for food, you may starve!
Native plants provide food for insects, which are . . .