… My family has a very long history of living and working in the Pinelands of New Jersey. In the early 1900s, my great-grandfather and his brother, who were American Indians, ran the cranberry bogs in Sim Place. My grandfather, who lived on Bull Town Road in Wharton State Forest, was a guide for the wealthy deer hunters from Pennsylvania, in addition to farming moss, etc.
This area called the New Jersey Pinelands was alive with sawmills, glass factories, a railroad, taverns, the first blueberry farms, etc. My grandfather and his brother owned hundreds of acres in Sim Place. Well, when the government wanted it for its bombing range, the ground was taken from my grandmother. Where was the DEP then to protect the plants and wildlife?… [Read more…]