Monthly Archives: August 2015

Town Meetings This Week

Correction: Southampton’s next meeting is the 15th.

We have another series of town meetings this week and we need your help!  Here is the schedule:

Shamong – Tues., September 1st, 7:30pm. 105 Willow Grove Rd., Shamong.

Southampton – Tues., September 15th, 7:30pm. 5 Retreat Road, Southampton.

Washington Twp/Green Bank – Tues., Sept 1st, Special presentation on the MAP at 6:30.  2436 Rt. 563, Green Bank

If this issue is important to you, please make the time to attend one of these meetings and tell them how you feel.  When you get up to speak, say whatever you have to say, but then conclude by asking that the council pass a resolution in opposition THAT NIGHT.  Please see the Tips for Public Comment During Municipal Government Meetings for tips on speaking at the town meetings.

Please Register With Us! You are making a difference!

We are making progress! Have you noticed that the M.A.P. now has DRAFT written on it? We are forcing the DEP to backpedal a little on their plans. However, we still need more help. The DEP is not planning on backing down and are beginning new tactics to try to force their plans on the public.   If you support this cause and want to stop them, PLEASE REGISTER with us at  If you are on mobile, the register link is at the bottom of the page. If you are on a PC/Mac, the link is in the black side bar at the bottom left of the page.  Or you can click here to go directly to the registration page.

It will take 30 seconds! Thank you for your continued support!

58% or 274 Miles of Roads in Wharton Have Been Closed

In the press release from the DEP, it was almost spun as if the Motorized Access Plan (M.A.P.) expanded access.  In the FAQ, it was claimed that “the majority of the roads are open”.  However, the DEP has been less than honest about the extent of the road closures.  An assessment was done by Open Trails NJ and we found that 58% or 274 miles of roads have been closed to motor vehicles.  Please see the attached for a visual.  A KMZ file could be provided upon request for independent review.

Wharton Closures- Presentation JPG

Sign this Petition!!

Restore Fair Access to Wharton State Forest
Petition by Ben Ruset

To be delivered to Bob Martin, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner, Mark Texel, Director of the State Park Servuce, The New Jersey State House, and The New Jersey State Senate


The sand roads in Wharton State Forest have been open to motorized traffic even before the state purchased the tract from the Joseph Wharton estate. While there are serious concerns about the damage that illegal off-road vehicle traffic causes, the blanket closing of over 50% of the roads in the forest is not the answer. This action will only serve to keep law-abiding people out while doing nothing to curb the abuse from the minority who drive destructively. By and large the effect will be felt by citizens who do not even drive vehicles capable of creating the kind of damage that this policy attempts to address.

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