: Killer Rabbits and Pot Belly Pigs

Killer Rabbits and Pot Belly Pigs

The 14th Annual Pinelands Jamboree was a huge success...I got to pet a rabbit, large enough to put a real scare into Monty Python devotees, and I met Dottie, a pot belly pig about 6Piglet months old…very cute! No lions, tigers and bears, but goats, ponies and fancy chickens! All the critters were courtesy of local 4-H Clubs. I grew up with horses, rabbits, chickens, dogs, cats etc, so I got to be a kid again!

There were also crafts, books about the NJ Pinelands and its rich history, food, music and all things Piney!

The Jamboree whet my appetite forNJ Pine barrens more information on the NJ Pinelands...its importance to our survival and the fragility of its unique ecosystem.

For example, did you know…

  • The New Jersey Pinelands is a million acres of forests, farms and scenic towns.

  • Native Americans inhabited the NJ Pinelands region 10,000 years ago.

  • The Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer, one of the world’s largest underground water supplies, lies beneath the Pinelands' sandy surface.

  • Enough water lies underneath the Pinelandsto cover all of New Jersey with ten feet of water.

  • No point in the Pinelands is more than 1.5 miles away from a stream.

  • The Pinelandsis home to more than 90 plant and animal species threatened with extinction in New Jersey.

  • The United Nations has designated the Pinelands as an International Biosphere Reserve, one of only 47 in the United States.

  • The Pinelands is the second most fire prone area in the United States and many trees have pine cones that won’t open and disperse seeds unless they are burned.

  • Scientists are still not sure why the Pine Plains, the largest pygmy pine forest in the country, contains full grown trees shorter than a person.

  • General George Washington’s army was supplied with cannon and shot from a bog iron industry that flourished in the Pinelands for a hundred years.

  • The Pinelands is home today to New Jersey’s blueberry and cranberry industries, which rank second and third in the nation.

  • More than 700,000 people live in and around the Pinelands, yet it contains vast, unbroken tracts of forest.

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Comment balloon 6 commentsLaura Giannotta • October 12 2008 08:46AM


Thanks for sharing this Laura.     Too many people don't realize all the 'green space' that Jersey has!     Enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) over 10 years ago

Sounds like you had a great time today. How was the Anniversary of the Lighthouse yesterday?

Posted by Nancy Larson (I am a licensed referral agent in NJ) over 10 years ago

Great stuff Laura.

Sounds like a wonderful time and much like our state fair here in the Raleigh area.

Thanks for sharing

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

Thanks for sharing the history with us. I'm not only a history buff, but I also grew up with lots of interesting critters as pets: snakes, rabbits, owls, rats, mice, ants, horses, pigs, cows, donkeys, cats, dogs, etc. I think that's what gave me my great appreciation for all things Nature.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 10 years ago

Morning Laura,

Pleased to hear you enjoyed the day. Thanks for sharing it with us. Have a great week.

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Kara It is a beautiful place, with lots of open space and neat critters!

Nanacy  Jam packed at the Lighthouse! 

Craig We also have the State andf County Fairs...but this was all Pinelands!

Russell The history of the Pine Barrens is amazing..ghost towns and everything!

Hal Enjoy the day!

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