: Celebrate...October is New Jersey Pinelands Month!

Celebrate...October is New Jersey Pinelands Month!

It's October, and that means one thing here in New Jersey.  Pinelands Month!

There's much to do in the Pinelands this month, from cranberry harvesting to the Pinelands Jamboree at Wells Mill Park.  

Wells MillsThe Jamboree takes place this Saturday and features pinelands crafts, food and music!  Wells Mill Park is located at 905 Wells Mill Road (Route 532) in Waretown.  This is the 16th Annual Pinelands Jamboree.  Stop by from 10:30am til 4 pm Saturday, October 9th.

The New Jersey Pinelands, also known as the Pine Barrens,
 is a heavily forested area of coastal plain stretching across southern New Jersey. It's name the 'Pine Barrens' refers to the nutrient-poor soil, which didn't support the crops originally imported by European settlers.

Fire in the PinesBut these conditions enable the Pine Barrens to support unique plant life, including orchids, carnivorous plants and rare pygmy Pitch Pines.  Many of the plants are dependant on the frequent fires of the Pine Barrens to reproduce. 

Though it's close to Philadelphia and New York City, and the Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway run through it, the Pine Barrens remains largely rural and undeveloped. That's a good thing, because the NJ Pine Barrens also helps recharge the 17 trillion gallon Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer.  This aquifer contains some of the purest water in the United States.

As a result of all these factors, 1.1 million acres of the Pine Barrens were designated the Pinelands National Reserve (the nation's first National Reserve) in 1978, and it was designated a United Nations International Biosphere Reserve in 1988.  Development in and around the New Jersey Pinelands is strictly regulated. 

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Comment balloon 12 commentsLaura Giannotta • October 06 2010 05:59AM


Good Morning Laura

Thanks for the great Localism post. Have an awesome day.

Posted by Patrick White, Driven to bring New Yorkers home (Home Driven Realty, Inc) almost 10 years ago

The Jersey Devil lives in the pinelands.  According to the legend, his mother was a real estate agent and his father was an appraiser.  

Posted by Glen Fisher (National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Patrick! 

And Glen, my NJ friend, that could be true!  That would explain the beady eyes and screeching!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 10 years ago

Thank you Laura!


Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) almost 10 years ago

Interesting Laura...I didn't realize the soil was poor like that in your area.  I always thought that it was rich and great for the settlers.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 10 years ago

i would love to see the cranberry harvesting.  The commercials for the cranberry juice you see on tv shows the locale to be beautiful!  and i love cranberry anythingl.

Posted by Melanie Ross, Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828 (Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific) almost 10 years ago

Some folks may bash Jersey, but if they ever visited the Pine Barrens, as I have before, they would change their tune. They call it the Garden State for a reason.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 10 years ago

William - Most of New Jersey is good farm land, the sugar sand was good for glass way back when!

Melanie - I love those commercials too! 

Craig - You love NJ, because you are a man of good taste! 

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 10 years ago

Oh wow, Laura - I love the history and education on the Pine Barrens!  Sounds like the Jamboree will be a great time and I hope you get the chance to go!

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Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) almost 10 years ago


Thanks for sharing your post on the New Jersey Pinelands.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 10 years ago

I love hearing about anywhere that has been 'preserved', or saved from developement. It brings me so much joy to see those parts of our country that have been left alone, and it does for so many others as well. Would love to visit there sometime!

Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) almost 10 years ago

Leesa - It's a busy day for me, with book sale clean up...be I hope to get there!

Lou - Thanks for stopping by!

Debi - NJ is a small state and has some real development problems, but we also have some preserved areas that are beautiful.  You could get some wonderful pictures here!  So stop by anytime!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 10 years ago