Archive for September 2021

RIP PennEast!

By Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, 1999-2021 If long-tailed salamanders, Northern long-eared bats, and the other creatures of forests, fields and marshes could throw a party, they’d be celebrating this week! They just won a permanent reprieve from an unneeded and unwanted gas pipeline that would have slashed a huge swath through open space, farms,…

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Young environmental hero: Sonja Michaluk

By Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, 1999-2021 “Think globally, act locally” is a motto used for years to encourage local action on environmental problems. Seventeen-year-old Sonja Michaluk has been thinking globally and acting locally since she was a six-year-old monitoring streams for water quality in her hometown of Hopewell Township. And the Carnegie Mellon University…

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Warm air, more rain and more floods: the new normal

By Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, 1999-2021 New Jersey experienced its worst flooding in years on Sept. 1, when the remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped up to 11 inches of rainfall on a landscape already saturated from previous storms, including Hurricane Henri just 10 days earlier. Heavy rainfall was expected, but the torrential downpour and…

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Hit the trails … and help create new ones!

By Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, 1999-2021 Are you ready to get out and hike this fall? New Jersey has hundreds of miles of public trails: long and short, rural and urban, pedestrian and multi-use. Many are scenic, with especially stunning views and fall colors. Other trails double as transportation routes for walking or biking…

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Wildlife ‘candid camera’

In the early days of Covid-19 when New Jersey went into lockdown, Princeton University astrophysicist Gaspar Bakos and his three young sons were looking for something to do while stuck at home. They bought a $40 motion-activated wildlife camera, also known as a trail cam, and were amazed to discover how many critters shared their…

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