The Pine Barrens

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374708673

Category: Nature

Page: 157

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Most people think of New Jersey as a suburban-industrial corridor that runs between New York and Philadelphia. Yet in the low center of the state is a near wilderness, larger than most national parks, which has been known since the seventeenth century as the Pine Barrens. The term refers to the predominant trees in the vast forests that cover the area and to the quality of the soils below, which are too sandy and acid to be good for farming. On all sides, however, developments of one kind or another have gradually moved in, so that now the central and integral forest is reduced to about a thousand square miles. Although New Jersey has the heaviest population density of any state, huge segments of the Pine Barrens remain uninhabited. The few people who dwell in the region, the "Pineys," are little known and often misunderstood. Here McPhee uses his uncanny skills as a journalist to explore the history of the region and describe the people—and their distinctive folklore—who call it home.

Blackbeard the Pirate and Other Stories of the Pine Barrens

Author: Larona Homer

Publisher: B B& A Publishers

ISBN: 9780912608266

Category: History

Page: 96

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What do Blackbeard the Pirate, an Indian Princess, the Jersey Devil, a black doctor, and a moose named february all have in common? More than you'd probably imagine, unless you kow a great deal about the history and folklore of New Jersey's Pine Barrens. For this mysterious wilderness has over the years been home to a fascinating cast of characters, some of them real and some of them legendary. There are people in the Pines who say that Blackbeard buried his treasure there long ago, and that the horse -faced wingflapping Jersey Devil still roams the woods, blowing the tops off of trees and turning milk sour. The stories about them in this book could have happened.

It Happened in the Pine Barrens

Author: Mary Casella

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1479737631

Category: Fiction

Page: 134

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It Happened in the Pine Barrens is a compelling saga of love, death and destiny set in the heavily forested area of coastal plain stretching across southern New Jersey. Casella's newly published book transforms this Pinelands into a center of thrilling events that arouse the curiosity and excitement of fi ction fans through three riveting stories: "Snakes with Ruby Eyes," "Love and Death in the Pines" and "Closure in the Pines." "Snakes with Ruby Eyes" follows the mysterious turn of events in the life of Elizabeth Little. After the death of Catherine, artist mother and owner of The Little Antique Shop, Beth strangely inherits a huge amount of cash and a long list of questions about her parents' life. Stan Turner, who perseveringly pines for her love and affection, witnesses and supports Beth throughout her journey towards self-rediscovery. "Love and Death in the Pines" picks up the story from where the fi rst tale left off. It revolves around the entwined destiny of two disparate people Dr. James Bradley, a physician and an undercover FBI agent, and Dr. Meghan Malloy, an art history professor. They met at the opening of The Pines Antique Shop. James was invited by his friend, Meghan's aunt, now proprietor of The Pines Antique Shop (previously The Little Antique Shop). Meg had created an art gallery for the shop to display the artwork of Catherine Little. Both never knew that a chance encounter would lead them to love. "Closure in the Pines" completes the trilogy in stunning fashion. James wants to resign from the FBI to work as a physician at a Veterans Administration hospital. His resignation is denied. Meghan returns to her teaching position. While fi nalizing some cases, Meghan suddenly disappears. A manhunt ensues. Drug traffi cking and gunfi ght also makes this fi nal story a perfect closing salvo. However, as one of the characters aptly put it, "There is no closure in the crime business." Creatively blending fast-paced drama, mystery and romance with the slow-paced life in Pine Barrens, Casella has successfully put the place on the map for another remarkable reason. It Happened in the Pine Barrens is a book that leaves readers deeply satisfi ed yet eagerly longing for answers to more questions inherent in the saga.

Legendary Locals of the Pine Barrens of New Jersey

Author: Karen F. Riley and Andrew Gioulis, Foreword by Peter H. Stemmer

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1467100811

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 127

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Our country s first national reserve, the Pine Barrens, harbors a wonderful secret unknown to most outsiders. This 1.1-million-acre treasure trove of pitch pine and sugar sand is home to many rare species and almost 17 trillion gallons of the purest water on earth. It was in this forest that men like Leland Champion logged trees and built sawmills. It was along these waterways that craftsmen like Gary Giberson made prized decoys. And it was in these woods that Stanley Switlik built a tower from which Amelia Earhart jumped, testing his parachute so it could be used in World War II. These woods yielded inventors whose products we enjoy today: cultivated blueberries, cranberry sauce, and Welch s grape juice. It was here that Bob Buchanan reached for the mooring lines as the Hindenburg ended its final, fated voyage. And it was here in Buzby s General Store that John McPhee penned his classic book, The Pine Barrens, setting into motion legislation to preserve this area for future generations."

Pine Barrens

Ecosystem and Landscape

Author: Richard T. T. Forman

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813525938

Category: Nature

Page: 601

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Chatsworth

Capital of the Pine Barrens

Author: Ellen V. Fayer,Stan Fayer,Walter A. Brower

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738572888

Category: History

Page: 127

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Chatsworth, a small village in the New Jersey Pinelands, was known as Shamong until 1901. The community traces its beginning to the early 1700s, when settlers mined and forged bog iron to make cannonballs for the American Revolution, and farming was the primary source of income. In the mid-1800s, Chatsworth was a popular stopping point for stagecoach travelers to the Jersey Shore. The arrival of the railroad removed the remoteness of the village and captured the attention of people throughout the country. Prince Mario Ruspoli de Poggio-Suasa, an attach of the Italian embassy in Washington, D.C., built an elegant villa at the lake. Soon after, the exquisite Chatsworth Country Club was built and counted among its membership a sitting vice president of the United States. It was during this period that Chatsworth played a dominant role in the development of the cranberry industry and began attracting hunters and others seeking recreational opportunities in the Pinelands. The cultivated blueberry industry also had its beginnings in Chatsworth in the 1930s.

A Pine Barrens Odyssey

A Naturalist's Year in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey

Author: N.A

Publisher: Plexus Pub

ISBN: 9780937548349

Category: Nature

Page: 277

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The Pine Barrens of New Jersey

Author: Karen F. Riley

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738573502

Category: History

Page: 127

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Presents a pictorial history of New Jersey's Pine Barrens, and the people who lived there during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Wildflowers of the Pine Barrens of New Jersey

Author: Howard P. Boyd

Publisher: Information Today Incorporated

ISBN: 9780937548455

Category: Nature

Page: 163

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The Pine Barrens of New Jersey make up a vast natural area acknowledge worldwide for its unique flora. In this guide, Howard P. Boyd offers readers 150 detailed descriptions along with 130 color photographs of the most commonly seen Pine Barrens wildflower species. Avoiding highly technical language and terminology, Boyd makes it easy for anyone to identify and appreciate these natural beauties. This insightful guide is a "must-have" for anyone interested in the flora of the Pine Barrens.

Pine Barrens Legends & Lore

Author: William McMahon

Publisher: B B& A Publishers

ISBN: 9780912608198

Category: Social Science

Page: 149

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Presents legends and lore of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, an area occupying roughly one million acres.

A Key to the Woody Plants of the New Jersey Pine Barrens

Author: Michael D. Geller

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813531359

Category: Nature

Page: 255

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Within southern New Jersey lies the largest expanse of undeveloped land in the megalopolis between Boston and Washington, D.C. This is the Pine Barrens, our nation's first National Reserve, where visitors are struck by how much the vegetation varies from surrounding areas. Because the sandy soil is only marginally suitable for most agriculture and because the location amounts to a peninsula, settlement has been limited and the current ecology is relatively untouched. However, as New Jersey's population increases, people are looking to the Pine Barrens with a new interest. A Key to the Woody Plants of the New Jersey Pine Barrens is a hand-illustrated, user-friendly guide for both the interested student and weekend naturalist. The key lists all of the woody plants of the Pine Barrens except for a few rare, non-native species. In several keys and more than fifty highly detailed drawings, Michael D. Geller describes the basic features of woody plants and explains how to identify plants both in summer and winter. Along with his set of workable identification keys, the author provides an enjoyable introduction to the geology, ecology, and history of the region, and relates each to the unique flora of the Pine Barrens. The book provides readers with an effective means of identifying the plants that are hallmarks of one of the state's last wild areas.