About This Site

artmax_422[1]After years of seeing similar destruction like the above image I truly had enough of what is being done to our Pine Barrens, a.k.a. Pinelands National Reserve. I am a fine art landscape photographer, I spend 98% of my time photographing in the NJ Pine Barrens.  I envision and record beauty, what I was seeing was a horrible molesting of our public lands.  I got caught up in these problems about four years ago when I identified a location on Google Earth as a potential location for a future photograph.  It took me seven (7) months before I could get to see the area because of all types of weather, snow, ice and lots of rain, and, most importantly, roads damaged so bad they were not usable even in a small SUV.  When I finally got to the location I was heart sick to see what had been going on there.  It turns out the area is known to the off-road crowd as “1/4 Mile” (which will be covered in a later blog).  This area was so devastated by abusive 4x4s, ATVs and dirt bike operators it is a wonder they could stand to be there themselves.  It not only looked like another planet is had its own unique smell, a combination of mud and motor oil.  I estimated that the area destroyed, probably permanently, was 83 – 85 acres of pristine Pine Barrens wetlands on the Batsto River watershed. I partnered with Michael Hogan, a well know Pine Barrens photographer and naturalist, to expose these atrocities, and we have been doing so every since.  Presently we are undertaking a more formal presentation of these problems by logging all of the sites we can locate that have been destroyed by abusive off-road vehicle use and presenting the information to the general public.

This blog is the beginning of the process.

Albert D. Horner

3 thoughts on “About This Site

  1. Well said. Its important to note that people have been using these areas in the same fashion for decades. If the author is just finding out about these activities going on, then I strongly question his self-entitled authority to try and dictate what happens on public land. Getting agencies like the EPA involved is a sure fire way to ruin the land access for everyone, including people who just want to photograph the land.

    So please Mr. Horner, (Horner is also a name that has been in the pine barrens for generations) take these concerns to the local ranger station before getting big government involved. You will soon realize that if jeeps, atv’s and motorcycles aren’t allowed to be there, then your standard sized suv wont be either.

    Also you can feel free to organize volunteer groups to help clean up the pines instead of complaining to the government to do so.

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  2. I like how yous try to target everyone in a truck first off ppl been driving these areas you are taking pics of for many years u can never get all the trucks out of the woods worry about the Mexicans dumping trash at the turf farms and the contractors and we also hold an event every year to clean up the pine barrens u are wrong to target everyone in a truck get a life

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  3. As both pro-conservation & responsible recreation ( I enjoy trail-running/ hiking, mountain biking, camping & dual sport motorcycles), I strongly disagree with your stance towards permitted legally held motorized events. These events are carefully routed and planned with land managers & state officials as to limit impact as much as possible while still involving the public in events they enjoy. Events that teach an appreciation and promote a culture of environmental respect in order to attend future events. The REAL issue is illegal use where there is no management, no official input and complete chaos. These individuals need to be either educated to stop or punished. Without organized groups, who have something to loose & a vested interest in protecting our open spaces and the granted privilege from the state to enjoy it in a managed manner, the issue of illegal use would be that much worse! The organized groups are the only forest users promoting responsible motorized recreation and attempting to educate those who don’t know or don’t care (by giving them a reason too). There is room in our state forest & parks for all responsible forest users, whether passive or active, but there is no room for those who have no respect & can not do their part to protect the privilege.

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