Archive for December 2022

NJ historic sites prepare for nation’s 250th

By Jay Watson, Co-Executive Director Each year at Christmas, New Jerseyans are reminded of our state’s key role in the American Revolution as historic reenactors pile into wooden rowboats on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River and paddle toward our shore. The re-enactment commemorates General George Washington’s bold Christmas night 1776 crossing of the…

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Kick off 2023 with a ‘First Day’ hike

By Tom Gilbert, Co-Executive Director If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get outside and exercise more, here’s a great way to start 2023 on the right foot: Join a “First Day” hike on Jan. 1. Across New Jersey, guided New Year’s Day hikes are being organized to help residents get a jump…

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All aboard urban rail trails!

By Alison Mitchell, Co-Executive Director Long before the rise of interstate highways, railroads were king. During the golden age of rail transportation in the late 1800s and early 1900s, passengers and freight relied on trains to get everywhere from the next town to distant locations. But as cars and tractor-trailers took over, many rail enterprises…

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Un-pave the parking lot, put up a paradise!

By Jay Watson, Co-Executive Director “They paved paradise, put up a parking lot,” sang Joni Mitchell in her 1970 song “Big Yellow Taxi,” a commentary on nature’s beauty being lost to development. Mitchell didn’t write the song about New Jersey – but it might seem that way, considering how much green in the Garden State…

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Voters choose ‘green’ to preserve open space

By Tom Gilbert, Co-Executive Director There’s been a lot of talk about who voted “red” or “blue” during the Nov. 8 midterm elections. But at least one issue on many ballots was nonpartisan “green” – open space preservation. Across the country, voters of all demographics and political parties overwhelmingly supported ballot questions aimed at creating…

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