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Investing in Nature



Photo by Ray Nunzi

Batona Trail – Photo by Ray Nunzi

     Time is our most valuable personal commodity and it is being constantly competed for. From the internet or television, the demands of work and the responsibilities of family, we have much to negotiate. Some days our time spent outdoors might be limited to the walk to and from our transportation and back into our homes or workplaces. This modern time crunch has caused many citizens to go without the great benefits of being in nature. Our health, both mental and physical, can be greatly impacted by time spent outdoors and we would all do ourselves a service to carve out a slice of time each week to “breath the wild air” as John Muir so eloquently wrote.

     The lucky citizens who live and work adjacent near the Pinelands find themselves in an advantageous position to reinvest their time portfolios to include nature. We have an amazing diversity of experiences available in the largest forest from Maine to the Everglades on the Eastern Seaboard. From paddling the Mullica or the Batsto, hiking the Batona or the Mullica River Trail, biking the 19-mile Orange Trail in Wharton State Forest, or visiting the many multi-use trails in Franklin Parker Preserve and the numerous other preserved areas that would fill this page. The plethora of options that we have to experience the outdoors is a real privilege and one that we should all embrace.

sarahinspectingfungus     Spending time in our preserved lands has other benefits as well. Many of us will share our outdoor experiences online and in conversation and that can have a spreading impact on the mindset of others in relation to nature. We work so hard to protect this place because we know what it means to us as individuals, to the community, and to the rest of the world. We must continue to have places like the Pines and they must be kept secure from the ever-present threat of the bulldozer and speculator or the destructive off-road vehicle driver.

     To do this, we need you out there, we need you to smell the fragrance of nature, to taste the clean water of the pines, to eat the blueberries, cranberries, and teaberries that grow without the aid of any pesticides or herbicides. What we have in the Pines is there for everyone to enjoy and experience in a sustainable manner, but it won’t stay that way without constant vigilance. The threats are many, but our resolve is absolute and we need you to be just as committed. From pipeline applications and private development to the destructive habits of off-road vehicle drivers, our lands are under constant pressure and it is our job as an organization and your job as a citizen to fight back.

     We are lucky to have the Pines, but it’s not just luck, we need to stand up for the land we all depend on. When we invest in nature, we gain a strong motivation to protect our investment.

Join us on Monday, March 14th for the Rally for the Pinelands in Trenton. There is much to be done!


Rally for the Pinelands

Time: 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Location: State Capital, Trenton NJ

A coalition of environmental organizations, residents impacted by natural gas pipeline projects, activists, and concerned citizens are organizing a march and rally in Trenton to demand that our state legislators and state agencies ENFORCE and STRENGTHEN Pinelands regulations.

Join us on March 14th in Trenton NJ. We will march from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection down State Street in the morning and then rally at the Statehouse. Following the rally participants will be able to find their representative and deliver a personal message. Carpooling will be coordinated.

We have 150 people so far and we need more!  Join the green wave of support for the Pinelands!

Sponsored by the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch NJ, the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC), the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the New Jersey League of Conservation VotersClean Water Action and South Jersey Land & Water Trust.

RSVP today!  We will send you parking information, event schedule and carpool information.

Help get the word out!  Share this blog post with your network.  Share the Facebook Event with your friends and family.  The more the merrier!

Bus Seats and Carpooling Information

Time: 7:30 am
Location: PPA Headquarters, 17 Pemberton Rd (CR 616), Southampton Township, NJ 08088

You must RSVP for a bus seat by e-mailing jason@pinelandsalliance.org – space is limited.  If you are willing to drive your own car (from PPA or from another location) let us know as soon as possible.

For more information call Becky at 609-859-8860 ext 21.

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