9/26/14 Volume XLVII, No. 39
Of all the Garden State’s native wildflowers, few are more exciting in the fall than the spectacular, rare Pine Barrens gentians.
Pine Barrens gentians (Gentiana autumnalis) are listed as a Species of Special Concern by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and their habitats are protected by the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan.
Gentians bloom from September through early November, a time when most other wildflowers have long turned to . . .
9/19/14 Volume XLVII, No. 37
Fall in New Jersey means cooler nights, brilliant leaves and – perhaps most exciting – migrating hawks!
The Garden State’s location along the Atlantic Flyway means birds are now heading south to their wintering grounds … and they pass right through this state we’re in. None are more thrilling to watch in action than hawks and other raptors.
This time of year, migrating birds of prey come through in far greater concentrations than usual. . . .
9/12/14 Volume XLVII, No. 37
It was an unprecedented challenge: Take a sumptuous estate of a famous heiress and reinvent it as a model of environmental stewardship, with lots of public access and painstakingly preserved history.
That’s just what happened at Duke Farms in Hillsborough! The 2,740-acre estate had belonged to tobacco heiress Doris Duke, and after her 1993 death it was transferred to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The Foundation envisioned a total transformation, from private to . . .
9/5/14 Volume XLVII, No. 36
Sept. 3 marked the 50th anniversaries of two conservation milestones that literally changed the face of our nation: the Wilderness Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The two landmark bills were signed by President Lyndon Johnson on Sept. 3, 1964 at the same Rose Garden ceremony, launching the protection of millions of acres.
“It was one of the most amazing days for conservation in the history of this country. Probably the most amazing day,” said Sally . . .