Ben,There's a fair amount of woods up there. Not pines, though.
Very true. When i was in college, we took dendrology field trips to nearby East Brunswick to examine pine barrens vegetation.Ben,
I'm a proponent of Pine Barrens outliers, detached islands of sandy, pine-tree dominated terrain that exist beyond what is customarily considered "The Pines," even to Sayerville. Their plant-material component may not exactly match the core area, but it is close enough for me. Outlier surficial geomorphology is also remarkably Pinelands-like. In support I invoke the delineation map of botanists McCormick and Andresen (1963: 27-38, The role of Pinus virginiana Mill. In The vegetation of southern New Jersey. N.J. Nature News). Originally drafted for the Audubon Society, it is better known from the reprint in Forman (1979: xl, Pine Barrens: Ecosystem and Landscape), and clearly shows outliers like the Spotswood and Alloway as part of the Pine Barrens' realm.
Chris:Jerseyman, I'm glad you brought up lawnside as part of an outlier....There is one section by the woodcrest speedline heading towards Lions Gate that definetely has a little bit of a piney feel. I've also found species back there that are more commonly found in areas along the perimeter of the pine barrens. Nice little population of coyotes right there too.......there is a dead one right now by the lawnside exit on 295. Where is the portion in Bellmawr located?
Jerseyman, can't say I know of any species with the description. Sounds pretty far fetched two skinny given the length to be anything from our region. Thanks for the information though....certainly interesting.Chris:
I forgot to provide you with the description of the horned snake on Irish Hill that I mentioned to you sometime ago. Here is that short article:
The Friend, Seventh-Day, Eleventh Month 14, 1846, page 64.
Joseph Cook, living near Mount Ephraim, Camden county, N. Jer., a few weeks ago killed a snake of the horned species, about four and a-half feet long, and more than three inches in circumference. Its tail was armed with a horn which opened like the bill of a bird, and exhibited a sting which the reptile was capable of protruding when it stuck anything, and which is supposed to have contained its poison. The sides and belly were white, interspersed with dark spots about the size of half a cent and some smaller; and the bone of the back approached a salmon colour, and was also spotted. It was found on Irish Hill.
This herp sounds very strange!
Jerseyman,Pine Barren Outliers
During the late seventeenth and into the eighteenth century, much of the area comprising present-day Lawnside was included in a 600-acre parcel known as “the Old Saw Mill Lot.” Modern aerial photographs of the area strongly suggest that the stub-ends of the sawmill dam still exist along Cooper River just west of the rear north corner of the Lionshead Plaza parking lot.