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  1. Scroggy

    Meadow Companies

    They were generally called "marsh companies" in Delaware, and equivalents existed in Pennsylvania along the tidal Delaware as well. I am sure that similar companies existed for clearing the till-clogged waterways in parts of glaciated New Jersey and New York (cf. Beck, "The Shades of Death")...
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    Pine Barren Distillery

    Maybe it worked too well.
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    DEP Announces Virtual Public Meeting to Launch Wharton State Forest Visitor and Vehicle Use Survey

    I found the GPS trace from that trip in 2010. Looks like we drove down the south branch of the road to the junction in Bob's aerial above, then parked in that sort of wide spot on the firebreak and crossed the tributary of the Sleeper to get into Wescoat Bogs. Somehow I don't remember it being...
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    DEP Announces Virtual Public Meeting to Launch Wharton State Forest Visitor and Vehicle Use Survey

    I noticed that one. I remember driving partway to Wescoat Bogs on a field trip with Ted years ago; I don't remember at what point we started walking account of sugar sand, although we might have gotten all the way up Dave's Road to Atsion-Batsto. When I checked it out last winter, it was in much...
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    DEP Announces Virtual Public Meeting to Launch Wharton State Forest Visitor and Vehicle Use Survey

    Jason, I don't quite follow your point here. You seem (I don't want to put words into your mouth) to be implying one or both of the following: Bill has lobbied for fossil fuel companies, developers, etc., so when he opposes the MAP, he's doing so on their behalf. But this is classic ad hominem...
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    The History of the Pinelands Protection Movement

    There's an unexpected connection between Roger Conant and Witmer Stone I worked out when tracing the history of a plant specimen collected by Conant. He was mostly known as a herpetologist, of course, but he picked it up during a herping trip to the "Dutch Mountain" area of northern...
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    DEP Announces Virtual Public Meeting to Launch Wharton State Forest Visitor and Vehicle Use Survey

    Not a lawyer, but I was on a jury once. ;) My impression from looking into this last year is that once a public road is established in New Jersey, either explicitly by ordnance or implicitly by the creation of a prescriptive easement, it has to be abolished by legislation. That is, the elected...
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    Action News’ Chopper Six crashes in wooded area of New Jersey; pilot and photographer killed

    It's good that there's low potential for abuse. I'm just thinking about one of the issues raised on one of the MAP threads, that some of the "roads" in Wharton, etc., are firebreaks or things like this that weren't ever intended to be roads. I think it's perfectly reasonable for the Forest...
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    Action News’ Chopper Six crashes in wooded area of New Jersey; pilot and photographer killed

    Thread crossover, but did they barricade/block the entrance of the newly cut road now that they're done with it?
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    The MAP is back

    If that was true, Tony would have been banned when he called Jon a liar for recounting a story of what happened on his (Jon's) own property. Anyone can look at Tony's post history and see that he doesn't have anything useful to say on these boards, and furthermore, he's already said it. I know...
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    Mushrooms' popularity is booming, but so are poisonings, experts warn

    Huh. Apparently young specimens of destroying angels do look like puffballs, but you see the shape of the stalk and cap when you slice them open. I had no idea. Apropos of the Pines, while knocking about with more mycologically-inclined friends this summer, they pointed out the fine appearance...
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    The Armchair Explorers of Google Maps

    I joined a "LiDAR and Aerial Archaeology" group on Facebook and wound up having to mute it. You could post a grayscale picture of a Quarter Pounder meal there and some nimrods would claim in the comments that it was 1) WWII fortifications 2) an Indian mound 3) Civil War trenches 4) an abandoned...
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    Test Pits on the top of hills..?

    I think in the Kobbe map, "The Alligator" is associated with the small circle at the five-way intersection (which would otherwise be unlabeled), rather than the ridge. It seems reasonably clear that there was an Alligator tavern at that point, judging from the previous thread, for whose name we...
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    Ticks & Chiggers--a study

    Yeah, sounds right.
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    Ticks & Chiggers--a study

    Red velvet mites are from the family Trombidiidae, while chiggers are in a different (but more or less closely related) family, Trombiculidae. The latter are only about half a mm long.
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    Oakay, did 'ya know?

    Heard an interesting talk on Saturday on how fire suppression is leading to the "mesophication" and disappearance of oak forest throughout the east. It will take some serious adjustment to get us back on track.
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    Whispering Pines

    The term "truffle" gets used pretty loosely for any cup fungus with fruiting bodies underground; unlike mushrooms and shelf fungi, which drop spores from the gills or pores, truffles have to be dug up and eaten by animals, the spores being dispersed in feces. I don't know whether any of the...
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    Whispering Pines

    All mushrooms are edible. Some are edible more than once.
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    Artifacts

    He also owned copy 1151 of Witmer Stone's "Bird Studies at Old Cape May".
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    Artifacts

    If I've traced the clues from his postings, the owner died last September. You might try his executor but I expect such effects have already been disposed of: https://sussexcountyde.gov/sites/default/files/RegOrders/Middleton%2C%20Darrell%20N..pdf
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