8/28/13 Volume XLVI, No. 35
Colonists arriving in the New World found vast primeval forests filled with centuries-old trees. But by the end of the Civil War, nearly all virgin forests in New Jersey had been cleared for timber, charcoal, mining, glass-making or agriculture. Photos and surveys of New Jersey landscapes from the late 1800s reveal young hillside thickets, pastures, and fields, with hardly any old forests in sight.
In the last 100 years after iron, glass, and charcoal production ceased and New . . .
8/23/13 Volume XLVI, No. 34
“Stronger than the storm” implies that we can somehow beat Mother Nature through our superior strength and resolve. But as those who have survived natural catastrophes like hurricanes, tornadoes, and tsunamis have come to realize, being “stronger” is impossible.
At a recent meeting of New Jersey’s Senate and Assembly environment committees in Atlantic City, many folks spoke out on the challenges of withstanding coastal storms like Superstorm . . .
8/16/13 Volume XLVI, No. 33
You may not notice moths, except when they’re fluttering around a porch light on a summer night or swarming around the sweaters in your closet. But these mainly nocturnal butterfly cousins are definitely worth a look!
New Jersey is home to approximately 2,000 moth species, with intriguing names like Beautiful Wood Nymph, Green Marvel and Azalea Sphinx. Some moths are smaller than a pinkie fingernail and others are larger than a fist. Wing patterns range from dazzling . . .
8/9/13 Volume XLVI, No. 32
“While the farmer holds the title to the land, actually it belongs to all the people because civilization itself rests upon the soil.” - Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson, Founding Father and third U.S. president, wrote these words long before “farmland preservation” was conceived. But he and countless others understood that without good soil there’s no farming, and without farming there’s no food!
Conserving our precious . . .
8/2/13 Volume XLVI, No. 31
New Jersey voters won’t get to vote this year on funding to preserve open space, farmland and historic sites, and to buy out flood-prone properties.
The New Jersey Senate met this past Monday, July 29, in a rare summer session to act on a resolution that would have enabled voters to choose long-term open space funding.
But due to politics – including Senate Republicans backing away from earlier support of the bi-partisan effort, reportedly at Governor . . .