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ECO EGG HUNT – 4/15 Atsion Recreation Area

What a great way to for kids to spend the day on 4/15. . . in the outdoors.

Eco Egg Hunt Flyer
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Flyer says: Join us at Wharton State Forest’s Atsion Recreation Area for our first ever ECO EGG HUNT.

Children of all ages are encouraged to attend and enjoy the great outdoors. We are hosting a light litter clean up to EDUCATE youngsters about environmental stewardship, and along the way they might just find some candy egg SURPRISES.

Guided Nature Hikes and Atsion Mansion Tours will also be available to those interested.

So grab your baskets and your hiking shoes and come out to Wharton State Forest.

WHEN: April 15th at 10 am

WHERE: Atsion Recreation Area, 715 Route 206 in Shamong.

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Get Involved with OTNJ!

_DSC2650As you enjoy this spring like day, remember that spring is right around the corner and will be bringing with it more volunteer opportunities with OTNJ. We need your help! If you haven’t already,
please sign up to volunteer with us. You can contribute as much or as little as you like! Please click here for details and sign up today!

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Volunteer Activity at Double Trouble State Park

Date: January 23, 2016

Time: Tentatively 9:00 AM, temperature permitting.

Location: Double Trouble State Forest

The State Park Service asked OTNJ to pass along this important volunteer opportunity. Note: this is not the OTNJ activity we mentioned in an earlier post, more to follow on that as soon as it is approved.

There is a project in Double Trouble State Park to thin about 10 acres of forest. The purpose is to remove stunted Dog Hair Pine trees, which will allow the larger trees to flourish and to prevent the invasion of the Southern Pine Beetle in that area. About 100 volunteers are needed to cut down the small, pre identified, Dog Hair Pine trees with bow saws. What is cut down will be left in place and will be eventually burned in a prescribed fire rotation. With a 100 volunteers, at about 10 volunteers per acre, quick work could be made of this important project!

This is a great opportunity to show that this community wants to make a difference in helping our state forests!

We will post more specifics in this event as the date approaches. Feel free to share!

Note: exact time is TBD, 10:00 AM is an aproximation.

Bass River Council Meeting

We continue to make progress in our fight for fair and continued access to Wharton State Forest. A resolution wasn’t passed, but about 100 outdoor enthusiasts attended the Bass River town council meeting last night and spoke up for what they believe in.  We went from the MAP being implemented with signs posted and roads blocked two months ago,  to it being called a proposal, to it being marked as draft, to it being pulled off the Wharton State Forest webpage altogether.  We cannot yet rest though, as we know that it took an incredible amount of pressure from the public to force the DEP to this position so far and we need to continue to maintain vigilance as the new plan is developed. Open Trails NJ will continue to stay involved, provide updates on progress and provide information on how you can help.  Stay tuned and please remember to register with us here.

 

 

Waterford Township becomes the fourth town to oppose the M.A.P.

More progress!! Last night, Waterford Township became the fourth town to pass a resolution in opposition to the M.A.P. plan! As those who attended the last meeting know, this was no slam dunk, however, the residents of Waterford spoke up and made themselves heard. Thanks for your hard and thanks to the council of Waterford for listening to their constituents and not bending to special interest groups!

Pemberton Township passes a resolution in opposition to the M.A.P.!

Tonight, Pemberton Township became the third town to pass a resolution in opposition to the M.A.P., following similar actions in Medford Lakes and Medford. This continues to demonstrate that you are being heard! Even in the towns where resolutions have not been passed yet, your attendance at recent township meetings has been meaningful and is helping to influence our cause for fair access to the forest for all outdoor enthusiasts. Thank you for the support and please continue to help us fight for the cause! Please continue to share our Open Trails NJ FB page and register with us here. We will continue to post news and updates on how you can help us in our mission to maintain decades old access to the forest.