“A Larger View” – Much of the Northern Pinelands National Reserve
About this blog: After my last post I thought it best to take a larger view of the areas being destroyed by off-road vehicle enthusiast. The Google Earth map view below is from Rt. 37 to Rt. 70 to Rt. 206 and from there to Rt. 30 then on to the Garden State Parkway. All of the red lines and circles are clearly defined areas that are currently being used and destroyed by the off-roaders who enjoy destroying our public lands. I have personally visited many of these sites, but not all. I have not spent a lot of time in the Southern sections of the Pinelands but believe me when I say the destruction there is just a bad as what you are seeing in the Google Earth image below.
Along with this post I have a images of the signs that are so ubiquitous in our state forest that you would have to be blind to miss them. Under the sign image I will outline what is not legal in the state forest.
The video I have posted is from the Greenwood Wildlife Management Area. One video is of a gate that was constructed from “I” beams and completely destroyed by people wanting motorized sport access to the area. The other video is of vast grasslands that are currently being used as mudding arena. This was once used to release quail into the wildlife management area, thus the reason for the gate.
In our State Forest it is illegal to:
Litter or dump trash – residential or commercial (this is readily and routinely done)
Consume alcohol (every site that I have visited is drowning in beer cans and bottles. It is probably the number one litter item in the Pinelands. We have laws that forbid open containers of alcohol while driving so they are discarded into the forest)
Burn open fires (again, almost every site I have visited has the remains of a bonfire or campfire that are present even in the season when everyone is warned not to burn any fires in the forest)
Cut down trees or damage plant life (trees are routinely chopped down for use as firewood)
Abuse the environment (it goes without say that everything thing these people do is destructive to the environment)
Target Practice (many of the sites have shotgun shells and .22 casing at the locations)
Swimming only in unauthorized areas
All motor vehicles must be properly registered, insured. (many are not, especially dirt bikes and ATVs)
All motor vehicles must operate only on established roads and parking lots.
Operation of ATV, Trail Bikes, and off-road vehicles is prohibited. (you can see these type of vehicles in use daily)
Travel on dirt and gravel and sand roads is limited to 20 MPH. (dirt bikes have only one speed – FAST)
The current N.J. Motor Vehicle Code reads:
Dirt Bikes and ATVs are prohibited in State Forest
Here is some recently shot video that was taken in Greenwood Wildlife Management Area: