: Planning for Earth Day 2011 at the Jersey Shore

Planning for Earth Day 2011 at the Jersey Shore

Earth Day is less than a month away, on April 22nd.  The Ocean County Parks Department is remembering the day a little early, on Sunday April 17th.  

Mark your calendars, prepare to enjoy spring at the Jersey Shore and bring gloves.  Join the Forked River Mountain Coalition and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance for the annual clean up of Forked River Mountain 2011.  

NJ Pinelands
The New Jersey Pinelands


The Forked River Mountain isn't a mountain by Rocky or Appalachian Mountian standards.  But in the middle of New Jersey, where the Pinelands meet the Jersey Shore, the almost 200 foot sand and gravel hills looks like a mountian to us!

The Forked River Mountains are covered with a rare forest type known as pitch pine/scrub oak barrens, and form a ridgeline between the Cedar Creek and Forked River watersheds, with stately Atlantic white cedar, black gum and maple swamps.

The area provides vital habitat for many rare and threatened wildlife and plant species including Pine Barrens gentian and reedgrass, curly grass fern, Kniesekern’s beaked rush, New Jersey rush, bog asphodel, swamp pink, northern pine snake, timber rattlesnake and the Pine Barrens tree frog. Beaver, otter, mink, and gray fox can also be found throughout the area.

The New Jersey Conservation Foundation's 3,000-acre Forked River Mountain Preserve, which is managed jointly with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, is the centerpiece of 5,000 acres of preserved forest in the area. But most of this forest area is still vulnerable to abuse by illegal off-road vehicles and clandestine dumping.

To participate in the Forked River Mountian Clean Up on Earth Day, call Wells Mills County Park at (609)971-3085.


Comment balloon 7 commentsLaura Giannotta • March 25 2011 03:24PM


Great idea for a post to bring attention to Earth Day...enjoy it Laura!

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) over 7 years ago

Rene, I celebrate it every day...I live in the best place in the world, according to ME!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 7 years ago


The New Jersey Pinelands is an amazing resource for the residents of New Jersey.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 7 years ago

Laura - Earth Day is such an important day to celebrate and teach the general public how important it is to take care of our planet! I try to do my part every day, but I still have lots more to do! BTW: I gave you a shout out on my latest blog - take a look if you get a chance!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 7 years ago

Laura...oh that does sound so good right now; we are moving backwards to winter I fear.  we have similar events, but later in the late spring when the watershed  areas or the tributary rivers are cleaned.  Many school kids-older ones do get involved.  Somehow, some of our folks seem to think that the water is a large garbage dump at times.  Michigan has some beautiful areas and our own 'mountains' too. 
We try to keep our small part of Macomb county cleaned & spruced-up--why, we even use 'lids' on our garbage cans. You would be surprised how many folks do not so do. It is easy to keep one's individual place cleaned up & though i am not a 'tree-hugger' type, I / we accept our personal responsibility for what we do around the area. Wish more did the same.  Perhaps since your Earth Day is being celebrated early then more will read about NJ and follow your lead.  Soon the clean-up grews will be out on our free ways to make them representable. I can never understand why the car windows are rolled down to throw trash on the roadside, too.  You jave a great weekend.


Posted by Barb & Sal Dragotta, Macomb County Michigan over 7 years ago

Hi Laura:

Great reminder for us all in this area!

Can hardly believe that April is next week....

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 7 years ago

  Great piece of localism Laura...we will have to remember to check out Earth Day activities here...enjoy your weekend !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago