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  • Pinelands Commissioners Lloyd, McGlinchey, Lohbauer, Galletta, Earlen and Prickett prepare to vote (left to right).

    Ghost Forests Come toNew Jersey . . . . . . . . . 3

    Dunes are Critical: AConservation Update . 4

    Conservation BallotMeasure . . . . . . . . . . . .6

    Pinelands Events . . . . 7 Good News / Bad News from the Commission

    Oct / Nov 2017

    Volume 24

    Number 6

    continued on page 5

    by Carleton Montgomery, Executive DirectorFor the first time in its history, thePinelands Commission passed a resolutionthat will greatly reduce damages caused byoff-road vehicles within Wharton StateForest. The resolution designates onlythose sand roads marked on specific USGStopographical maps as being available foruse by motorized vehicles.

    But for the second time in 2017 theCommission approved a high-pressure natural gas transmission pipeline in violation of Pinelands rules. This happenedat their monthly meeting at the WarMemorial Theater in Trenton onSeptember 14th.

    The Commissions resolution means thereis finally a map of Wharton State Forestthat shows a responsible way to explore its122,800 acres of open space. Because of thevast area and limited funding for lawenforcement, Wharton has become knownthroughout the northeastern United Statesas an area where off-road vehicle (ORV)users could challenge their machines

    against the land with little or no repercus-sions.

    State Park Police have worked to controlthe deluge of ORV activity, but have been hampered by a lack of clear guidance onwhere people can and cannot drive. Thisresolution will allow officials to keep vehicles on roads and out of sensitive areas.It will allow Park Police to issue citationswith the confidence that users have clearinformation about where they can and cannot drive.

    The Department of EnvironmentalProtection (DEP) tried to implement amotorized access plan in August 2015 toprotect Wharton State Forest. Ultimatelythe DEP Commissioner withdrew the plan,and the DEP has since done nothing to designate appropriate routes for motorizedvehicles even removing signs meant tokeep vehicles out of streams and wetlands.Under pressure from PPA and citizens whocare about the State Forests, the PinelandsCommission picked up the issue in 2015


    Nov. 4th to Dec. 10th

    This juried exhibit ofimages from the

    Pinelands NationalReserve is on displayat our headquarters. See stunning imagesof the landscape, people and historythat make this place

    so special.

    Exhibit Hours:Mon. - Fri.: 10am - 4pmSundays: Noon to 5pm.



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    Inside ThePinelands

    Published six times ayear by the PinelandsPreservation Alliance

    Executive EditorCarleton Montgomery

    EditorBecky Free

    PPA StaffRichard Bizub

    Tom DunnAudra Hardoon

    Jason HowellRyan RebozoJaclyn Rhoads

    Stephen SebastianKatie Smith

    Jane Wiltshire

    Pinelands AdventuresRob Ferber

    Barnes LaucksJohn Volpa

    Distributed toPPA members & volunteers,

    state legislators, Pinelands municipalities,

    elected officials,selected officials,

    and planning boards

    Mailing services generouslydonated by Swift MailingServices of Bristol, PA(

    Printed on 100% recycled paper(made from post-consumer pulp

    produced in a chlorine-freepulping and bleaching process)

    Circulation: 550 0Available online at

    A record number of people registered toride the 13th annual Tour de Pines bicycle ride organized by the PinelandsPreservation Alliance 336 peoplesigned up to ride all or part of this fiveday tour of the Pinelands NationalReserve.

    This years Tour took place fromOctober 4th to the 8th. All rides are looprides and range from 45-50 miles. Onthree of the days we offered an addition-al shorter loop of 22-28 miles. Riders canchoose how many days they want toride. This year our rides started at EstellManor Park in Atlantic County, LauritaWinery in New Egypt, historic BatstoVillage in Wharton State Forest, JakesBranch County Park in Beachwood andon the last day we rode from PPAsHeadquarters in Southampton.

    This event would not be possible if itwasnt for the volunteer planning committee who spend hours of theirown time planning the rides, checkingthe routes, and promoting and organizing the event.

    Our heartfelt thanks go to the 2017committee: Wayne Cahilly, HarryChaikin, Mickey Coen, Bob Cummings,Helen Dudar, Anita Garner, DickGouldey, Michael Hardy, John Keenan,Kevin Kristian, Chris Monchinski, DanRappoport, Daniel Sferas, Susan Soesbe,Jay Stephens, Ed and Patricia Troike,and Jim Wheatcroft.

    The Pine Barrens provides some amazing places to ride your bicycle.Places where you can still find countryroads with low traffic, forests, farmland,and coastal views. The Tour de Pines isabout the experience of being out in thePinelands and appreciating all that hasbeen protected. We hope that all riderswho participate will also consider advocating for its protection.

    Next years Tour de Pines will takeplace October 3rd to the 8th - so markyour calendars for 2018! You can get

    more information on the Tour de Pinesand other events organized by thePinelands Preservation Alliance on ourwebsite

    Another Great Year for the Tour de Pines

    2017 Tour de Pines The 2017 Tour de Pines was ahuge success. We offer our thanks

    to the following sponsors:

    Team Tour SponsorsJersey Shore Cycle ClubPinelands Adventures

    Wells Fargo Financial ServicesFlying Fish Brewing Co.

    Bicycle Shop SponsorsBicycles UnlimitedForked River, NJ

    Beachwood BicyclesBeachwood, NJ

    Harts CycleryPennington, NJ

    Shore Brake CycleryBrant Beach, NJ

    Tuckahoe Bike ShopTuckahoe, NJ

    Village BicycleTuckerton, NJ

    Tour Supporters

    Cahilly Horticultural ServicesPemberton-Pyramid Lodge No. 92

    Tate & Tate Certified Court ReportersWheelies Bicycles of Medford

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    Ghost Forests come to New Jersey

    In June we released the video Barrens tothe Bay: An Aquifer Flows to It as part ofour Save the Source campaign( to raise aware-ness about the need to protect theKirkwood-Cohansey aquifer - the sourceof water that the plants, animals andhumans depend on in this region.

    During the filming we found evidence ofa little reported, but important topicinvolving the issue of sea level rise andaquifer withdrawal. While exploring thelower Mullica and Wading Rivers withBarnegat Bay Partnership ProjectCoordinator Martha Maxwell-Doyle, wecame upon a stand of Atlantic WhiteCedar that had been killed after salt waterinundation from Hurricane Sandy in2012. There it was - a ghost forest of deadtrees standing there at the edge of theMullica River. See the whole video Atlantic White Cedar trees cant surviveprolonged exposure to salt water. Marthaexplained, The impact of saltwater inun-dation on some of the ecosystems here,especially after Hurricane Sandy, was thatsalt water moved in and the trees were notable to adapt as you get into fresh wateryou will see along the edges healthy standsof cedar trees, but . . . as the salt water linemoves up into these systems, these treeswill die.It is hard for people to make the connec-tion between the water that comes out oftheir faucet and the water that we find inour wetlands and estuaries but they areintimately connected. If humans areusing more water for daily activities thanthe ecosystem can support, it exacerbatesthe impacts of salt water intrusion.Martha said, If you are drawing down onyour aquifer because there is moredemand for human populations, and youhave sea level rise occurring, everything ischanging and the saltwater line will moveinland. In our video series, we hope to illuminatesome of the important reasons why conserving groundwater is essential to

    preserving the habitat within thePinelands National Reserve. These ghostforests are a prominent visual exampleshowing some of the consequences ofover-withdrawal from the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer system.

    One town in the Pinelands has beenworking hard to conserve water, and thattown is Hammonton. Hammontonspublically owned water utility operatesfour wells that draw water primarily fromthe Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer. PPAand the Association of New JerseyEnvironmental Commissions (ANJEC)have been supporting their efforts with acommunications campaign to raiseawareness among the towns citizens andbusinesses. Hammontons work has ledto a 37% reduction in water usage in thetown between 2011 and 2015. If thiswater reduction can be replicated in otherPinelands towns these cumulative savingscould help keep our coastal wetlandshealthy.

    We should not forget that the systems thatfeed the aquifer, the wetlands, and thestreams also make it possible for us to sur-vive. We are as dependent on this systemas any of the streams and wetlands orplants and animals. The difference is thatit is up to us to fight to keep the systemhealthy. Without active conservation,enforcement of water allocations, andactive monitoring, we will continue to seelosses to habitat and water supply. That iswhy we are asking you to make this one ofyour top issues in the coming months andyears. This topic will have dramatic conse-quences if ignored and we need you joinus in working to reduce the impact ofincreasing water usage and withdrawal.Learn more about how to take action onour website andclick on Take Action.

    by Jason Howell, Stewardship Coordinator

    Pinelands JuriedPhotography

    Exhibitfrom Nov. 4th to Dec. 10th

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