Archive for December 2019

Hands off Liberty State Park!

If New Jersey were to have a “people’s park,” it would be Liberty State Park in Jersey City – 1,200 acres of land and water along the Hudson River waterfront with sweeping views of the New York City skyline, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Liberty State Park was created on a former industrial site…

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Still the Garden State, over 236,000 acres preserved

Every once in a while, a “blast from the past” comes along to remind you how much things have changed. That blast was a packet of old State We’re In columns from the early 1980s – nearly 40 years ago. They addressed what was then a looming crisis in the Garden State, the loss of…

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Lanternflies spreading, but not on Christmas trees

Spotted lanternflies are invading from Pennsylvania into eight New Jersey counties! Fortunately for New Jersey Christmas tree farmers – and Christmas tree lovers – these alien pests don’t like the taste of evergreens. “They’re absolutely not a problem for us,” said Donna Allison Cole, executive secretary of the New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association. “Christmas…

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A happy holly gift to protect an ecosystem

Just in time for the holidays, the state of New Jersey announced plans to permanently preserve the nearly 1,400-acre “Holly Farm” property in Millville and Maurice River Township, Cumberland County. Protecting this beautiful landscape is the best possible gift to the many rare plants and animals that inhabit the ecologically-sensitive area between the Menantico Creek…

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