Archive for September 2019

A huge victory for preserved land in NJ and beyond

The land conservation community in New Jersey was stunned five years ago when the private, for-profit PennEast pipeline company announced plans to build a gas pipeline across miles of preserved open space and farmland in Hunterdon and Mercer counties. “How can they do that? It’s preserved land!” was a typical reaction. This week, the long-awaited…

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Is your yard a ‘food desert’ of non-native plants?

Your yard may be your neighbors’ envy … beautifully landscaped and well maintained. But if it’s full of non-native plants, to birds it’s a parched desert. A recent study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute found that birds who need high-protein insects often go hungry in yards landscaped with non-native plants. As a result, populations…

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