Help for Wharton????

A Short Update

The waning months of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 been very trying times for Wharton State Forest, New Jersey’s largest State Forest.  In the summer of 2015 the DEP gave the “all ahead full” to a unique plan to manage Wharton’s resources, resources that were being depleted rapidly by excessive off-road vehicle use. As the M.A.P. (Motorized Access Plan) got underway the very people who use the forest as their Motorsports Park became alarmed that they would be losing the testing ground for their very expensive off-road vehicles, Jeeps, dirt bikes, and ATVs (ATVs are illegal on all public lands in NJ) that challenge the land. I might add that this culturally embedded idea that the Pine Barrens is a motor sports arena has been fostered by many decades of the DEP and The Pinelands Commission issuing permits for off-road vehicle events for both 4 x 4s and dirt-bike enduros. (There are perhaps 20 such events every year in the Pine Barrens. The irony of this is these events are not permitted in Northern New Jersey parks like Round Valley Reservoir, Stokes State Forest, Spruce Run Reservoir,or any of the other Northern parks. These events are only held in the Pine Barrens). Off-road vehicles events are not staged in any adjoining state’s

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parks (this has also created a lot of traffic from out-of-state sources). So, several Facebook groups were started to oppose the closure of any of the roads/trails in Wharton SF. The off-road groups found a helpful and well-financed partner in a hunting and fishing lobby (some of their ranks are off-roaders), neither group wanted to lose their supposed open access to Wharton SF, or any of the many Pinelands areas they use to challenge their vehicles or hunt and fish. With a prominent lobbying group already in place the hunting and fishing lobby, with their new allies, gained access to the Governor’s office by claiming tens of thousands of voters (one can assume almost all the hunters and fisherman in NJ more than likely don’t appreciate the noise and chaos that off-road vehicles cause in their natural world. You can also image they may have been hijacked into thinking all of the State Forest are going to be closed!would not stand for any closures in Wharton SF. So the environment be damned! selfish suppossed voters win, the DEP caved and rescinded the very management program they already backed 100%, one that took years to develop. The DEP hop scotched around by holding a series of meetings, stakeholder meetings as they referred to them, and without hesitation (oh, perhaps a little pressure from the Governor’s Office) they officially rescinded the M.A.P.

We skip now to what is going on in today’s world.

Mutual Cooperation

At a Stake Holders meeting in March the DEP agreed with all concerned that the major issue creating the destruction of Wharton was the total lack of enforcement by the NJ Park Police. So, they announced the assignment of seven officers to the Wharton office in Batsto. They are assigned to just patrol Wharton, 24/7, unless something that needs more attention in another area required their participation. Also, the DEP had new signage made to post environmentally sensitive areas, eleven or twelve specific spots, IMG_0133and they were waiting for large metal signs to be placed at about 50 entrances to Wharton. _L0A0981The metal signs are to warn that there are restrictions to motor vehicle usage in the park and it cited all the codes that could be enforced. Once the new signs arrived they requested volunteers to install them. There are claims to many violations being charged against errant off-road vehicle users since the addition of officers and the installation of new signage, but it seems no one wants to give up the information. Attempts to obtain the violation information, which would help determine how successful the new enforcement program is working, have apparently met with a lot of resistance because groups have tried to OPRA the

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information but so far no success. In April the DEP received the metal signs and over a two morning period volunteers from various groups collaborated to install them. A job well done. At this point most of the paper Environmentally Sensitive Area signs have been largely ignored, some ripped off the trees and some even burned. To the best of my knowledge the metal signs have held up and only a scrapthemap3small amount of graffiti collected on them.

The Pinelands Commission

In the midst of all of this The Pinelands Commission started looking into what was going on the Pinelands, specifically Wharton State Forest. I understand that a couple of the commissioners have visited various destruction sites and, of course, where not pleased by what they observed. Who would be! They , the Commission, announced they where going to look into the problem. Public testimony was no different from normal, the group opposed to motor vehicle travel restriction in Wharton suggested that the DEP has it all under control and there was no need for them to upset the proverbial apple cart and the group insisting the damage stop before the whole of Wharton is destroyed begging the commission to get involved. Recently, several Commission members have voiced their concern about the issue, one commissioner located over 170 wetlands areas that have Wetlands intrusionbeen effected by off-road vehicle abuse and another has suggested perhaps there should be a law that an impounded vehicle that was caught abusing the Pinelands not be given back once a fine is paid but sold to recoup cost to repair the damages done. The Commissions staff is looking into validating the various destruction sites. So it appears the Commission is moving forward to deal with the problem.

Some Solid Results

This past weekend, Sunday June 5th, the major surviving Facebook group opposing the restrictions on travel by motor vehicle (no area was to be restricted to hiking, biking or horseback riding only motor vehicle traffic) in Wharton, Open Trails New Jersey (OTNJ), installed three

The first gate installl

The first gate install

gates they manufactured at their cost to completely

block off the Jemima Mount Area (see accompany map) (my major fear is that the users of Jemima Mt. will now travel to Colliers Mill WMA area in Jackson where the destruction of a beautiful rolling hill forest is being carried out at a very fast pace)

These gates could be opened temporarily for seasonal events like hunting.  Prior to this installation OTNJ was vehemently opposed to closing any trails/roads/paths that had previously been used by motor vehicles, regardless of whether it was even a legitimate road or just a push line created by the Fire Service to stop wild-fire. It took some time but OTNJ seems to have come to the understanding that you cannot protect Wharton, or any other Pinelands public lands, unless restrictions are put in place. Restricting vehicle access is very common practice in every state, it is even done in many of the Northern New Jersey Public lands.

Area surrounding Jemima Mt. no longer accessible by motor vehicle.

Area surrounding Jemima Mt. not accessible by motor vehicle.

In the recent past one of the founding members of OTNJ has asked me to work in conjunction with them, to paraphase…. “since we all have a common interest in the forest” on some project to help Wharton. I could not help with the gate installation because my strength is still limited from my surgery but I did photograph the event for DEP usage.  As you can see from the images here

OTNJ gates at Jemima

OTNJ gates at Jemima

the gates are super and OTNJ did a wonderful job with their manufacture and installation.

I would like to suggest there is another project we can work in tandem on that will not cost money or volunteer time in the field. It is common knowledge that the culture of viewing our Pinelands as a motor sports arena is a result of the decades of the DEP and The Pinelands Commission issuing permits for off-road vehicle events in the Pine Barrens. Let’s face it, there is no motor sports event that includes off-road style vehicles that can do anything healthy for the Pine Barrens.  It is common sense, it just can’t be beneifical. Also, there is no financial reward to the Pine Barrens, for the repair of damages that these events cause, and the minor fees that are collected to issue these permits is purely chicken feed to the States coffers or any of its commission.  Folks in other states that forbid this type of public land use also own off-road vehicles and they find appropriate areas to use them without burdening their State Forest. There is no good reason, financially or environmentally, to stage such events in the Pine Barrens. So here could be our mutually cooperative goal:

Press the DEP and the Pinelands Commission to cease issuing off-road vehicle event permits in our Pinelands.

Jeep Jamboree 2016 – WOW! IT IS FINALLY COMING!!!!!

Whoopee its coming again!!! I know everyone has been waiting with bated breath.

Jeep Jamboree 2016 – March 17 – 19, 2016  New Jersey Pine Barrens

Jeep Jamboree 2016 advertisement

Jeep Jamboree 2016 advertisement

One of the synonyms for Jamboree is bash.  The only bash going on here is the Pine Barrens getting bashed. The above image that Jeep Jamboree used for its ad is from an area that has been off limits to motor vehicles for years, 1/4 Mile Bogs. 1/4 Mile is a highly sensative ecological area that was destroyed via off-road vehicle abuse, obviously some of it by Jeep Jamboree. The 2015 Jamboree was not staged, supposedly, because video taken during their 2014 event was not representative of where they were permitted to travel. This event will be their 22nd year of tearing up our Pinelands. Think about it, a company from California comes all the way to NJ to stage an event for 50 to 70 Jeeps to ride around our forest and wetlands on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday in March, the wettest period in the Pine Barrens, and then returns to California on Monday with a pile of cash.  They “ain’t” doing this for free, especially since they are charging nearly $500 per vehicle to ride around our State Forest.  They have nomial permit fees and no bond to post for damage that may be done during their event. Seems like a pretty good profit margin to me.

On two recent occasions I had the privilege of being present when Jeep Jamboree’s local representative, Jim Justice, spoke at the Hammonton stateholders meeting in November 2015 concerning the Wharton M.A.P. proposal, conducted by the DEP, and a recent Pinelands Commission meeting were he spoke of the virtues of the Jeep Jamboree. Here is some of what he said, most of this is paraphrased but you’ll get the picture when you watch the videos below.

…..We look for areas of historic significance.  …..guides point out the history of places like Hampton Furnace, the cranberry bogs and the railroad tracks ( I have never seen any of that on any of the many videos posted on YouTube by many  Jeep Jamboree participants).  …..We educate with a 101 offroading course for safe and responsible offroading (safe may be true but responsible to the environment it is not)  …..Our intent is not to damage the forest and to keep it open to everyone (well, the roads, part of the forest, depicted in these videos are not now open to anyone but those who have a Jeep)  …..teach sane responsible offroading  – don’t speed though the mudholes so you don’t get stuck, go through them slowly (the videos don’t bare that out because there many people towing each other out of the deep waterholes (wetlands).  …..We get permits from the Pinelands Commission and we do everything in our power to stay within the permitted route (what would stop them from staying on a permitted route. Many scenes in the videos are from 1/4 MIle Bogs which is posted and I am sure was not part of the permited route).  …..some past videos were proven to not be our people (the videos below clearly show their Trail Guides in the video)  ….. we stay on the route and don’t use go-arounds and we have prosecuted people for going in the meadows (what about the go-arounds used in the videos and who is it they have prosecuted?)

The videos below represent three conscutive years of Jeep Jamboree 2012, 2013, 2014 and a video that shows what happens after an event and people return to ride again and again without a permit and, of course, with their friends.  All videos were taken by participates in the various Jeep Jamborees.  All are edited to take out the boring parts and the loud music that the videographers seem to like, it could damage your ears.

2012 Jeep Jamboree – Lined up to go through a vernal pool and using the mud wallow on a Right of Way instead of using the road right next too it.

2013 Jeep Jamboree – Clearly taken at 1/4 Mile Bogs, which has been off limits for several years.  Note that the first vehicle is registered in Virginia.  Many of the vehicles that participate in this, and many unpermitted events, are from out of state because they can do here what they can’t do in their home states.

2014 Jeep Jamboree – Many wetland intrusions and the last section of the video shows a road that would take 100’s of thousands of dollars to repair.

This last video is a great example of what happens after an event.  People return, without permits, with their friends and make the “run” again for weeks, months and years to come and it causes even more damage to our delicate sand road infrastructure.

The mystery here is why the agencies in charge of our public lands, especially our Pinelands, the DEP and the Pinelands Commission, continue to issue permits for these events. There is certainly no ecological or financial advantage.  If they are trying please a user group what about the other user groups that enjoy our public lands for quiet recreation. If you are on a road that Jeep Jamboree is using you will either have to challenge 20 or 30 vehicles (they split up into two groups so you could encounter this twice in one day as I have) or move over and let them through.  If you have been in the area of a dirt bike enduro then you know you have to get out of the way, put up with the noise, speeds over the posted limit, and hide from the dust.

Decades and decades of issuing permits for motorsports as given the impression, locally and to all the off-road enthusiast in the Delaware Valley, that our public lands are open as a motorsports arena, 24 hours a day, permit or no. If there are going to be permits issued these motorsports events they should be chaperoned by Park Police so the event does not harm the environment or distrub those that want quiet enjoyment of our public lands.

The Pinelands was preserved by forward thinking governors of the 70 and 80’s and I don’t think they envisioned a motorsports park when they decide this area was worth preserving. Even with todays budget restrictions there seems very little reason not to keep our public lands just as we found them.

Here are some photographs taken right from the Jeep Jamboree website.  It is a clear indication that their concern is not for our environment but for their bottom line.

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Destruction Site – Whitesbog Area – Brendan Byrne State Forest

Historic Whitesbog Area Being Destroyed 

Appx. 117 acres of wetlands destroyed

Location: Browns Mills, Burlington Country, Brendan Byrne State Forest

GPS location:   East end: 39.963704/-74.529273

West end: 39.962333/-74.516465

 

Lou’s Lake

Local name: For this image “Lou’s Lake”

Type of Area: Open wetlands/forest wetlands/vernal pool

What is going on at this site: The mudders have the audacity to name a destroyed wetlands after themselves, the sign in the background of the above images says “Lou’s Lake”. Also, they have provided all their mudder friends with a place to dispose of their trash (usually beer cans – cheap beer too). They should provide equipment for restoration of this vernal pool instead of a trash receptacle! This site was pointed out to me by my friends Jason Howell and Emile DiVito.  All images were provide by Jason Howell.  As you can see in the Google Earth shot above this area is laced with multiple roadways through a sensitive wetlands area.  The fact that this encompasses appx. 117 acres is not surprising as there are many areas in the Pine Barrens destroyed by mudders that can range from 25 acres and up.  The images below are explanation enough about what is going on here.  Also, at the end of this post is a video shot while tracking a mudder and calling into the DEP hotline 877-927-6337.  This is something we can all do, I have done it several times in the past.  If you see any illegal off-roading going on or trash dumped in the woods, anywhere in New Jersey, call the above number and report it.

The DEP and Pinelands Commission have made very little effort to correct this problem but have it all tied up in a neat bureaucratic package right now.  By the time they make up their minds on a course of action our forest will have been destroyed by 4 x 4 Jeep types, dirt bikes or ATV’s (which are illegal to operate on all public lands in NJ). This is happening before their very eyes, day by day, minute by minute!

The loudly shouting masses trying to hold off managing our public lands with motorized access plans are the very people who are creating the problems.  Look at the images below and you can see that roadways are cut by 4 x 4 vehicles, they are not authorized roadways.  People drive on them all the time and think it is okay because the road is there, but the road is illegally forged through the wetlands.   These problems are not being caused by just “renegades in the night” or “miss guided youth” it is an entire community that includes young and old, male and female, from all walks of life.

What is there: This is prime habitat for all Pinelands flora and fauna.

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The video below is a great example of reporting the problems we all see when we are enjoying the forest.  Please, if you see something like this going on please report it to 1-877-927-6337

 

Exciting “NEW” off-roading video

Off-roading at its best!!!!

This is a new video compilation of the off-roading experience. If this doesn’t excite you enough to call the DEP and demand that this activity be stopped on our public lands I don’t know what will.  This stuff goes on all the time in the Pinelands, day and night, and almost totally unabated.  The Pinelands is viewed by this group of users as a motor sports arena, it is the WILD WEST out there. It has become the playground for 4 x 4 trucks (Jeep types especially), dirt bikes and ATVs (all ATV use on NJ public lands is forbidden). Let the DEP know that you wish to have our public lands returned to their original purpose of preservation and passive recreation.

Wharton M.A.P.

Wharton M.A.P. (Motorized Access Plan)”

A Personal Opinion

What is the M.A.P. – It is a plan to, first and foremost, protect Wharton State Forest from the ravages of excess off-road vehicle use that has gone on for years, nearly unabated, and has taken its toll on the forest’s resources.  This abuse has destroyed prime wetlands, forest habitat, wildlife habitat, all forms of infrastructure, cultural and historic sites and has turned many miles of sand roads into impassable muddy mires that prevent use of the forest by citizens who do not have, or intend to obtain, an off-road vehicle.  Many roads are so poor that first responders and Forest Fire Service vehicles can not use them either.

Who developed the M.A.P. – The Stewards of the forest and the Forest Fire Service, the professionals that we hired to preserve and protect our public lands, have spent years gathering information that form the basis of the MAP that will preserve our natural heritage and allow full access to the Wharton State Forest. Every trail, path or road has been tracked with GPS to insure accuracy of the developing map.  The plan takes into account the preservation of wetlands and forest habitat balanced with access to motor vehicles.  Where motor vehicles will not be permitted under the plan access will still be available to hiking, biking and equestrian endeavors.  Under the plan people who enjoy passive recreation in the forest will not have to be run off roads by enthusiastic off-roaders, will be able to have areas that will be free of noise and dust, making their experience much more pleasurable. Wildlife will have homes that are less disturbed by noise and habitat destruction. Our State Forest were never intended to be motorsports arenas even though the activity has been going on for years.  Recognizing this the M.A.P. is in development in order to return the forest to a more natural state, one that everyone can be proud of.

Video

Please watch the video below.  The activity you see here has been going on long before this video was produced by a large organized Jeep group, and has been going on ever since up to the present.  There are many off-road clubs and groups that run through the forest like it is the WILD WEST! I recently encountered a couple of groups from Philadelphia using ATV’s (illegal in all NJ public lands) in a Wildlife Management Area (WMA), none of the vehicles were registered and when asked if they knew it was illegal to operate their ATV’s there they said “yes, so what!”  Please turn down the sound on the video as it is rather painful to listen to.  After watching please continue with the text below.

Opinion –  some of the very people you observed in the above video are fighting tooth and nail not to have Wharton’s M.A.P. put into place.  You can understand why…………they will lose their playground.  All of the off-road groups, ATVs, dirt bikes and 4 x 4s have a lot of money invested in their equipment, some of which I am sure was purchased just because they could go to Wharton or our other public lands and test it against our precious Pinelands and get away with it. Once the MAP was introduced the social media world lit up with keyboard jockeys typing back and forth to each other into the night until they came up with reasons that they felt they could use to prevent the MAP from going into effect.  Much of the information was fabricated in their own minds because they did not go to the source to find out what the MAP is really about.

Some of the current major complaints –

The MAP was done in secret without public input – the secret part is nonsense. Many groups and clubs along with other State agencies were informed that it was being worked on, including Jeep Jamboree.  The Forest Fire Service worked hand and hand with Wharton personnel in developing the proposed MAP to insure public and fire fighter safety. When has it become necessary for the Superintendent of the Forest or the Forest Fire Service to consult the public about how to save the forest from abuse and fire prevention?

The MAP is closing too many roads – NOTHING is being CLOSED!  Every trail or path proposed for closure is available to hiking, equestrian pursuits and biking.  There will 225 miles of roads going through all the major parts of the Wharton Forest that motor vehicles will have access to.  Some of the numbers quoted by those opposing the plan are erroneous and over stated. An interesting fact is that Yosemite National Park with its 761,266 acres and $70,000,000 (this is 70 million with an M, Wharton’s maintenance budget is roughly $40,000 a year, that is thousands with a T for TINY) budget has just 214 miles of motor vehicle access.  Many of the so called “roads” are not roads to start with, they are fire push lines and old logging trails.  For years the off-road groups called everything in the forest “trails” now they have renamed them all “roads” so their cause looks more impressive.  Many of the areas discussed for closure to motor vehicles lead to nowhere or go to highly sensitive areas like wetlands, endangered species habitat, river access that has been abused and needs protection.  There is only one case, that I am aware of, where the trail slated for closure is a mile long. There is no state or federal forest that I know of that does not have areas closed to motor vehicles to keep the areas more natural for enjoyment of the public and the wildlife.  Hunters like those areas because the game is not spooked by noisy off-road vehicles and it limits access giving them a more enjoyable hunting experience. In such areas horseback riders do not have to be worried about horses being spooked by off-road vehicles traveling in their riding areas. 

The MAP was developed so certain groups would control the forest – Nonsense! All organizations that work within the State Forest have to have permits and obey guidelines set by State Forest regulations. There are no exceptions. 

Roads that are being repaired are being done improperly – Since when did everyone become an engineer?  The roads are being repaired with local materials and the materials that are needed to do the job correctly. The Fire Service is in charge of doing the repairs and they are making the roads safe for use by the general public and for first responders and fire safety. So many roads have been damaged beyond normal use that it is going to take quite some time to get them open and in usable condition and, then, maintain them.

The people who are not responsible for the damage to the forest and its roads are being punished for the work of a few – I would first disagree that the damage is being done by the work of a FEW!  But……..YouTube is absolutely covered with video after video of 4 x 4 jeep  types, ATVs and dirt bikes raising holy hell in the Pinelands and Wharton State Forest in particular.  That is not a FEW, that is called MANY.  That being said how do we tell the bad guys from the good guys.  If I put 1000 off-roaders of all types in a room and on a table we had 500 white hats and 500 black hats and asked everyone to pick the hat they should wear we would be short 500 white hats. We can’t tattoo them either. So with all the experience everyone claims to have in the woods they must have seen some illegal activity going on at one time or another.  The best bet is to report it immediately.  Get a license plate number, take some photos or video and call 1-877-927-6337  and report the incident and your location (necessary as Wharton is a large area).  Even if they cannot get there in time to stop the problem there is a record of that call and the location can be monitored in the future.  Another alternative is to gather the information and file a complaint against the person doing the damage in the township in which it is occurring.  It is not an easy process but it can be, and has been, done, if you are concerned enough you will make the effort to do so yourself.

They are cutting down trees to block off areas – Yes, a small amount of trees have been cut to block areas, it is standard forestry practice for areas where there is no other choice.  Also, there has been some suggestions that the volunteer group that helps Wharton State Forest cut trees down.  Not true! I started the early initiative for volunteers and was present for every volunteer day but one (when trails were remarked for hiking) and no volunteer cut down a tree nor even touched a chain saw.

What to do?  There several areas that just about everyone can agree on.

  1. The forest has been abused and is in need of serious repair.
  2. Not everyone using the forest is creating the problems.
  3. There are currently all the laws needed to prosecute abusers.
  4. The forest is not adequately patrolled by the NJ Park Police.

Hopefully the volunteer group will be able to address  #1 where possible.  So others are invited to apply to be part of the volunteer group. # 2 and #3 watch for and report problems as outlined above. #4 present your proposal to the New Jersey Park Police on how they can more adequately protect our forest.

Once the M.A.P. becomes part of the landscape in Wharton I hope similar plans will be put in place with all of our public lands.

Someone once said if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.  Or as I would say – :show me your plan!” (about the same as “show me the money”).

If you are not willing to sacrifice a little of your privileged use of our State Forest then you are SELFISH.

 

 

Destruction Sites – Greenwood Wildlife Management Area Rt. 72 Burlington County

“Greenwood WMA” – Rt. 72 –  Burlington County

About this blog: 

WMA stands for Wildlife Management Area, at this site, which I will call the “Staging Site”, WMA should stand for Wild Maniacs Area!

Several months ago I started exploring areas within Greenwood Wildlife Manage Area and was amazed at what I saw.  This area, in particular, has one of the most astounding locations of trash in the Pine Barrens that I have seen in a long time.

Location 39.838067/-74.437075 is located .8 miles off of Route 72 in Burlington County, the road on Google earth is called Laurie’s Rd.

On two occasions when visiting this site I found trailers parked in the area with Pennsylvania registrations, one had a dirt bike and an ATV, neither registered in PA or NJ. The one with the machines on it was being searched for by two fellows from Philadelphia.  I ran into a women on Laurie’s Rd who told me she was waiting for her boyfriend and brother who were looking for the trailer they left there the day before.  She was about 100 yards from the entrance to the gravel pit. IMG_0871 IMG_0863

The last occasion was on a Tuesday afternoon when myself and Ryan Rebozo from PPA were surveying the area.  This trailer was empty and all seven riders came barreling down Laurie’s Rd from the direction of Hidden Lakes (subject of another blog). I stopped the first adult rider, there were two adults and 5 kids, and asked if he realized that ATVs were illegal to operate on NJ public lands.  His answer -“yes, so what?” – and off he sped. Here is a video of his trailer.

This area is a small gravel pit that appears to be used to park their trailers and trucks and then take off for the hills (what hills?) and ride and ride some more.  Absolutely no one using this area ever had a trash receptacle in their home, you would think they would have learned how to use one if they had.  Here every conceivable item they don’t have a use for is tossed on the ground.  Every square foot of the margins of this place is a trash heap.  Some of the items found there are matching pairs of boots, shoes and sneakers, clothing of all sorts, beer cans, whiskey bottles, beer cartons, plastic bags, feminine  hygiene items,  condoms, food wrappers, bags of household trash, oil and transmission fluid cans – the list could go on and on.

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Of course there is the usual campfire and cut down trees to fuel it. What is most amazing that is this obviously goes on, unabated day and night during the weekends.  There is a very minor road leading into the place and in one swoop the entire place could be locked down and blockaded.

Here is some more video I shoot, trash and more trash.  Please read below the videos for my request for a guest blogger. Still no takers.

This is a test to see if anyone out there has read this far!!!!!   If anyone who enjoys this type of activity would like to guest blog a post on this site please forward a Word Document to Albert@pinelandsimagery.com, no more than 500 words, and some good jpeg images that show how much you enjoy this activity.  Your text should explain the reason you enjoy running around in your vehicles on ground that is nearly flat and obviously not at all challenging to even a Subaru Forester, and also why you believe its okay environmentally to do so.

Special Post

“A Special Post”

About this blog: Not only are the Pine Barrens under siege by the off-road vehicle devastation it is being threatened in many other ways as well.  A recently released on- line investigative article by The Asbury Park Press, wonderfully written by Todd Bates and graphically captured in photographs and film by Tom Spader is a most read for anyone concerned with not only this environment but any environment.  It is very telling and a warning to us all that we have to stay vigilant if we want to protect our natural heritage. It is possible the print article with be in this Sunday’s edition of the APP.

Please follow this link and feel free to come back and comment here – Good reading!:

http://www.app.com/longform/news/premium/2015/06/22/new-jersey-pinelands-stress/28894731/

Albert