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Ever wonder what the Green Acres signs are about all over New Jersey? No, they’re not an advertisement for a funny old TV show!

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New Jersey’s butterflies are some of the most enchanting creatures of summer, with intricate wing patterns and beautiful colors. Even their names are charming!

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I just completed Arlie Russell Hochschild’s highly-acclaimed book Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. I found the book, based on extensive focus groups and interviews with a group of Tea Party supporters in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in Calcasieu Parish, very…

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New Jersey is still the “Garden State,” famous for blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, corn and other delicious fruits and veggies. But these valuable crops will not grow without the services of honeybees, wild bees like bumblebees, and other insect pollinators. Together, they pollinate nearly $…

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Wetlands are one of the most valuable, and least understood, of our natural resources. Wetlands clean and replenish water supplies, reduce flood risk by soaking up stormwater, provide rich wildlife habitat, and offer incredible beauty and recreational opportunities.

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In the effort to slow climate change, forests are a powerful ally. Trees naturally remove harmful carbon dioxide from the air and store, or “sequester,” it in their roots, branches and wood.

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After 17 years of socially distancing underground, billions of “magic” insects are about to come out for a party spreading across swaths of the northeastern United States, including New Jersey. If they’re in your neighborhood, it will get noisy!

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Imagine if invasive plants like phragmites – the thick beds of reeds found in marshes - could be transformed into a work of art in the city of Camden? Or if a sculpture made up of straw bales in a formerly industrial Trenton neighborhood could grow food and become a beautiful gathering place…

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New Jersey has long been known as the Garden State, and keeping this title in the face of sprawl development is tough. Now the Covid-19 pandemic has indirectly added a new threat to this state we're in’s nickname.

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Spring is here and many folks are itching to boost their health and fitness. But with more than a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, too many of us are still stuck at computer screens: working from home, socializing online, exercising in virtual classes and even supervising children’s virtual …

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Take a walk in the woods this month and check out the forest floor. There in the dappled sunlight, popping up through last year’s leaves, you may spot the short-lived flowers of native perennials known as “spring ephemerals.”

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When Mark Canright’s father, John, opened his organic farm in Somerset County in 1974, many customers didn’t know what “organic” meant or why it was important.

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The days are longer and warmer, an unmistakable cue to New Jersey’s hibernating amphibians – frogs, salamanders and toads – that it’s time to leave their winter hideaways and start mating.

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With spring around the corner, we’ll soon get to enjoy seeing a multitude of animals as they migrate back to New Jersey, come out of hibernation, mate and have babies, and raise their families.

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It’s hard to go more than a few miles in New Jersey without bumping into a historic site. The state isn’t called the “Crossroads of the American Revolution” for nothing - George Washington spent more time here than in any other state! And New Jersey has many historic sites connected to early…

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For many folks, the abandoned rail corridor along the Paulinskill River in Warren and Sussex counties wasn’t worth keeping. But Len Frank and a group of like-minded friends saw a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create a 27-mile multi-purpose trail for hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, cross-coun…

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Logan Davis has a dream of running his own organic farm, one that would use no-till, “regenerative” methods to enrich the soil, grow healthy foods and sequester carbon that contributes to climate change.

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In his 2016 book, book “Half Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life,” biologist and author Edward O. Wilson made a strong case for preserving half the planet – both land and oceans - for nature. This, he argued, is the best way to prevent a mass extinction of species that could lead to the colla…

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In his State of the State address on January 12, Governor Phil Murphy pledged to help New Jersey emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic “stronger, fairer, and more resilient than before.”

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As a textbook editor, Catherine M. “Cam” Cavanaugh knew the importance of facts and grammar. As a conservationist, she understood the power of citizen action in protecting treasured places. As a recent retiree after a career of over 40 years, she was feeling bored. And as a volunteer on New …

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Twenty-twenty will go down in history as the year of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many lives lost, lockdowns, school and business closings, economic uncertainty and political divisions. In the midst of it all we found a silver lining as New Jerseyans embraced and enjoyed parks and green spaces.

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Winter may seem quiet, almost like nature is taking a break. But is this true?

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It’s hard to overstate the health benefits of walking. A brisk daily walk or hike keeps your body’s systems tuned, and helps with everything from muscle strength to blood pressure to digestion.