Pinelands Under Siege Video

This video is a compilation of videos taken right from YouTube.  If you go to their site www.youtube.com  and just type in Pine Barrens you can find hundreds of videos of 4×4 trucks, ATVs and dirt bikes literally destroying our public lands.  This group of motorized recreationalist do not even stop to think that they are destroying a world recognized biosphere (UNESC0 1988).

10 thoughts on “Pinelands Under Siege Video

  1. what is worse? Heavy earth moving equipment bulldozing the land and clearing a paved path so you can go on a Sunday drive or a few 4x4s traveling on the designated unpaved paths as a recreational past time.

    It’s not like the entire world is over populated with 4x4s just driving all over every inch of the earth.

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  2. I’m split on this. I am an avid outdoorsman, love nature, but am also a corporate real estate broker and often sell land to be developed. There are more trees in the US now than 100 years ago, but pollution and overpopulation make the air quality worse. As a long time jersey resident, I love this state, but the pine barrens are massive, the mudders are on clearly defined paths that are remote, and one good hurricane or nor’easter will put everything back. These people could be doing much worse things with their time and I’m sure the critics all drive cars that burn fossil fuels…yes you electric car owners too, your electricity most likely came from a fossil fuel powerplant, on roads that were once virgin land, and live in houses on cleared land, made of wooden 2×4’s. give it a break. This is minuscule

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  3. I appreciate your concern for the preservation of these areas. However, I don’t view most of these activities as being deductive to the ecosystem. I could be wrong but I do pride myself on following the Tread Lightly program more often than not. I’ve been out to the Pine Barrens and it is a fantastic area for sights as well as recreation. I hope some headway can be made between recreational off roaders and watch groups in an effort to preserve the land so that there can continue being responsible activities in the Pine Barrens.

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  4. So you want the land to drive around looking at nature? Biosphere 1988? That’s cool but guess what people have been using the pine Barrens for 4×4 and street legal dirt bikes for many many years before 1988. You want us to buy property to offroad? What kind of money do you think we have and who do you think you are? People like you only like to hear yourself and ruin everything for everyone. The roads over in the batsto area are completely fine since my Honda civic can travel on almost every road all the way to atsion and chatsworth.

    I’m not quite sure what you want but I feel that you need to focus on things that are more pressing like high property tax, high unemployment and underemployment, terrible NJ roads, the failing of Atlantic city, and high education costs. You also can strengthen your argument by adding some examples of safe entertainment that you insist we have here in south jersey that I fail to see much of. We have bars, wine yards, run down Atlantic city, crappy cold beaches, shopping, and maybe a movie? Oh boy!

    I absolutely hope you learn how to share.

    P.s. it does not take $70,000 to off road that is a bold face lie. A new wrangler starts at $25000. You can buy used 4×4 vehicles under $2000( cherokee, grand cherokee, f150, Silverado 1500, Toyota 4 runner, etc ). Misinformation is as good as lying.

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  5. Are you fighting against the gas pipeline proposal? Christie and sjg have the power to actually destroy the pine barrens. This video is of people having fun. I cant see how the pines are being destroyed bc of this. There are real threats to the pines that people are ignoring. Chasing kids in trucks is not helping anyone.

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  6. There are rangers patrolling the areas, there are designated trails and areas where street legal vehicles can go back. I know many people with vehicles like these, not substantial incomes, just an interest. If you venture off a marked trail you will be punished for doing so by the Rangers. They are doing a very good job of keeping people in line back there. It’s sand and as easily as it could be thrown around by a truck or jeep, it can be moved to fill in the ruts. The earth settles naturally and erosion occurs, 99% of people do this by the laws. They don’t go back and trash the place with litter and other things. There are much worse things happening, this is good clean fun and everyone who I know who goes there does it by the books.

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  7. Well if they dedicate just a few acres for a legal ohv park people would be going their but Christie shut it down…. tax admission and your set. Instead you see this.. we go out and do clean ups out their alot, we love the land just as much as you. And yes there are some people who abuse it but again make a section legal amd it will cut down abuse..

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  8. A bunch of Jeeps [slowly] driving through puddles and a guy swimming in a mud puddle in his underwear are the worst things you can find? Go back to the videos and try again.

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  9. Art, thank you for your comments it is nice to have people reading the blog. First I would like to assure you that most of the people you viewed in the video clips are mature adults, many with small children which are also visible in the video in several places. These people apparently have substantial income as you will notice some of the vehicle can cost as much as $70,000.00. The New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve was, in 1988, recognized as an international biosphere by the United Nations UNESCO group. It is one of only 553 in the world. The roads have gotten so bad that you and I can no longer visit this wonder ecosystem and enjoy it as we should be able to. In addition, the Forest Fire Service and Park Police are now hampered to respond to fires and emergencies because some roads are also impassable for them as well. There are other forms of entertainment for people to participate in or, in this case, they could secure their own land for the enjoyment of using their vehicles.
    Hope you continue to follow the blog.
    Albert

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  10. These roads are surly getting roughed up by these machines. However the land will always come back and the wildlife does coexist just fine. Unlike when the powerful and wealthy developers take the land and turn it into a bunch of 1/4 acre home lots. Or how about a bunch of golf courses that can easily dump hundreds of tons each of nasty chemical grass fertilizers into the ground each year. Seems to me that you just don’t get the real picture. Do your best to stop these young people from having some leisure time activities and then tell us what you think when many of them find they can join a street gang like the Bloods, MS 13, Crips, there are hundreds of them. These young people are going to do something with there free time and this is not at all bad. Stop thinking you can play God and learn that we simply have to coexist and share. Period. Art T

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