pinelands: Forest Fire In Hammonton Township NJ Area of Wharton Forest. - 10/21/08 09:42 AM
According to breaking news reports, several hundred acres of Wharton Forest in the Hammonton Township area of South New Jersey are on fire along Route 206.  A couple hundred fire fighters are currently trying to control and contain the fire from spreading, including building backfires.This is the first significant fire in the Pinelands area since last August 2007 which involved about 1000 acres burning in the same general area.  In May of that same year a huge fire destroyed thousands of acres, homes and forced people to seek emergency shelter (See previous fire article: Forest Fire Threatens New Jersey Pinelands North … (0 comments)

pinelands: New Pinelands National Reserve Brochure Available - 05/30/08 03:41 PM
State unveils new brochure highlighting the treasures of the Pinelands National Reserve of southern New Jersey.The natural, cultural and historic treasures found in the 1.1-million-acre Pinelands National Reserve take center stage in a new brochure that was unveiled during the New Jersey Pinelands Commission's meeting earlier this month. "This brochure will serve as a vital tool to help people navigate and better understand an area of southern New Jersey that is unlike any other place in the world," said John C. Stokes, Executive Director of the Pinelands Commission. "The more people discover what makes the Pinelands so special, the more they will … (2 comments)

pinelands: Pinelands Commission To Hold Municipal Meetings - 11/09/07 05:44 PM
The Pinelands Commission is holding a series of meetings to inform Pinelands area residents and officials about the impact of septic systems on water quality, property value and public health. Each of the meetings below will take place at 7:00 p.m.:  Nov. 28 - Upper Township, municipal building Nov. 29 - Buena Vista Township, municipal building Nov. 30 - Barnegat Township, municipal building Dec.  5 - Franklin Township, community center Dec.  6 - Tabernacle Township, municipal building Dec. 10 - Winslow Township, municipal building Dec. 11 - Pemberton Township, municipal building Dec. 12 - Jackson Township, library For information and directions to the venues, e-mail wastewater@njpines.state.nj.gov. At the conclusion of … (0 comments)

pinelands: Forest Fire Threatens New Jersey Pinelands North of Atlantic County, NJ - 05/16/07 07:52 AM
According to current news reports, and updates from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, the Warren Grove Gunnery Range (9,400 acres in Bass Township), used as a New Jersey National Guard weapons training area, and located by McGuire Air Force Base (about 25 miles north of Atlantic City), was the origin point of a wildfire that has consumed more than 12,000 acres, almost 20 square miles of New Jersey Pinelands.  It was believed started when a military jet dropped a flare on a bombing range.At this point, firefighters are battling the blaze, reaching heights of 80 to 100 feet, and also closely monitoring to … (12 comments)

pinelands: Historic Whitesbog Village - 11/10/06 05:03 PM
Experience the culture, history and natural environment of the New Jersey Pinelands. Whitesbog Village in Brendan T. Byrne (formerly Lebanon) State Forest, Pemberton Township, is open to the public from dawn to dusk daily. Guided tours are available upon request. The General Store is open every weekend from February through mid-December.  Whitesbog Village, named after the Whitesbog's founder, J.J. White, an innovative cranberry farmer who revolutionized the cranberry farming industry (i.e., involving cranberry bogs, hence, White's Bog) in New Jersey.Later his daughter, Elizabeth who had taken an active interest in her father's cranbery growing and shipping business, read a USDA report on Dr. Frederick V. Coville's … (0 comments)

pinelands: New Jersey Blueberry - A Native Fruit - 11/05/06 03:09 PM
The blueberry is one of few fruits commonly eaten today that is native to North America and New Jersey. In addition to eating it fresh and drying or cooking it, the Native Americans picked the wild blueberries for it's color, using it as a dye, and because of it's medicinal benefits, such as relieving stomach problems.  Early settlers incorporated the wild blueberry fruit as an ingredient in foods and medicines. The wild blueberry bushes are relatively small and produce small, slightly more tart berries than those found in grocery stores today.  They are still found growing today in the wild, but the blueberries that New Jersey is … (0 comments)

pinelands: The Pinelands, or Pine Barrens, of New Jersey - 11/05/06 02:52 AM
The beautiful and pristine New Jersey Pinelands area, also known as the Pine Barrens, is a region stretching from Brendan T. Byrne (formerly called Lebanon) State Forest to the Forked River Mountains area and out to Long Beach Island, Barnegat and Tuckerton along the shore.   It extends across eight New Jersey counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Monmouth (outliers), and Ocean. Spreading across the most densely populated state in the country, the New Jersey Pine Barrens remains a dynamic patchwork of open space and rural living. Cranberry and blueberry farms thrive in the sandy soils once deemed useless by 17th- … (12 comments)

pinelands: Cranberries Are Celebrated In The New Jersey Pinelands - 10/22/06 07:27 AM
Chatsworth (Woodland Township) considers itself part of the "heart" of the pinelands. It is located among the beautiful Pine Barrens of New Jersey, a region stretching from Brendan T. Byrne (formerly called Lebanon) State Forest to the Forked River Mountains area and out to Long Beach Island, Barnegat and Tuckerton along the shore. It is an area known for it's cranberry bogs which supply well-known processors and distributors of cranberry products such as Ocean Spray.  Cranberries are harvested in October and it is a fascinating and unique way of harvesting.  If you are driving in the area during that time you will … (0 comments)

pinelands: Bluegrass, Country, Americana Music in the New Jersey Pinelands - 07/11/06 04:50 AM
Albert Music HallThe New Jersey Pinelands Cultural & Historical Preservation Society presents Live Music Every Saturday Night at the Albert Music Hall in Waretown, NJ -- Bring the whole family for an evening of live country, bluegrass, and pinelands music each Saturday night at 7:30 pm. until 11:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. See web site for more information, including schedule of performers and directions.  Note: On a recent visit, a variety of groups played inside the hall to a full house. While outside, pick-up groups, with their own audiences, were playing on the front porch, in the 'jamming' shed, … (1 comments)

 

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