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  1. amf

    Pink Clay

    The pink clay is actually fairly widespread across the cumberland county area east of Bridgeton. I came across fairly extensive patches of it doing field work at Cumberland Nurseries on the south side of Rt 49, as well as on the grounds of FCI-Fairton. Interestingly at Cumberland Nurseries there...
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    pine barrens outside of the Pine Barrens

    There even used to be some cranberry bogs in the Pecks Corner area. I believe one of the earliest cultivated bogs in the state was from down that way.
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    The end of Garmin Basecamp

    From past experience with them, unless its changed Garmin's definition of lifetime is definitely what it sounds like...
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    Lotus flowers

    I think the bloom is done for this year.
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    Ideas for a Milky Way Shot

    Wow... Mr Fusco's shots are amazing! I was down on an island in the mid-Chesapeake Bay over the weekend and the view of the Milky Way was simply stunning. One of the few times I can recall seeing it directly overhead and horizon to horizon. Wish I had some way to capture it!
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    Update on new housing/commercial space proposal for Manchester

    Its good to see... when I was there Jackson, Lacey, Berkley, and Barnegat were exploding.
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    Update on new housing/commercial space proposal for Manchester

    Its good to see OC hasn't changed since I worked there in the late 70's. Build at any cost. If it weren't for CAFRA and the Pinelands being a little drag, the entire county would be Long Island South.
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    Update on new housing/commercial space proposal for Manchester

    Nucular waste!! Yikes!! I remember tending some research plots out there (late 70's?) for testing benefits of the absorbent gel in baby diapers on plant growth. Roots were dipped in the gel to see if it would hold moisture and improve plant growth. Hope I didn't get ir-radiated!
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    Resource for Bladderwort ID?

    Good to see the bladderwort gettin' some love. Usually those darn sundews and pitcher plants get all the carnivorous love. Unless in flower I don't even attempt an i.d.
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    What's the story behind the blue pond at Franklin Parker?

    No limestone in this neck o' the woods. One theory I always heard was a lack of nutrients limiting growth of algae and micro-organizms. Look at an aerial photo of sand pits and newer ones will tend to be sky-blue.
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    DEP evaluating pay to access WMAs

    Virginia does this now, and it has made me re-consider where I ramble in VA. By way of perspective, VA WMA's total a little over 200,000 acres. According to the article, much smaller NJ comes in at almost 350,000 acres. At least in my neck 'o the woods many of my haunts have been acquired by...
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    Spring Ephemerals

    Probably markers for a survey of some sort.
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    Pickle Factory Pond & Paper Factory Road

    A pickled pickerel packing pond.
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    Pickle Factory Pond & Paper Factory Road

    It started out as a paper mill in the late 1800's and did not succeed. They tried to use salt hay for the paper and it didn't make a very good product. After the paper mill failed a pickle company from Philadelphia bought it in the early 1900's, with the intention of packing local produce. There...
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    Deep Run

    Nice photo!!!
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    Spring Peepers

    I heard some Sunday - I swear its the earliest I can recall hearing them.
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    Calico Ridge

    Not sure if this the right section to post this in, but I was wondering if anyone recalls where the camping area at Calico used to be. I recall camping there many times as a youth, and it was not far from the Oswego. When did the state close the area down? Was it ever an "official" campground? amf
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    Bear incident

    Funny, I had an almost identical experience poking up a small canyon in the Black Hills. You KNOW you don't want to go there! amf
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    Cedar Swamp Trail - Great Cedar Swamp Unit - Cape May NWR

    I didn't know the swamp was now part of the refuge. I've often thought it wouldn't take much to dig a canal from Dennis Creek to Cedar Creek and make the whole of the Cape May peninsula an island. Probably could be done with hand shovels!
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    Pinelands Villages as Sewer Service Areas

    When the plans were being developed in Cumberland County there was a lot of effort to get places like Laurel Lakes, a heavily developed area with tiny lots all on individual well and septic systems, most with a high water table, in some kind of sewer service area. The state completely balked...