February 3, 2017
One of the ways that DEP strives to protect New Jersey’s land, keeping it beautiful and safe, is assisting in the cleanup of sites that are abandoned or underutilized due to contamination. Bill Lindner, Supervising Geologist in DEP’s Bureau of Brownfield Reuse, joined Bob Bostock to discuss brownfield redevelopment and the positive impact that this has on the surrounding communities.
For more information on brownfield redevelopment, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/srp/brownfields/.
January 27, 2017
As a result of the use of the pesticide dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, commonly known as DDT, the number of nesting pairs of bald eagles in New Jersey declined to only one by 1970 and remained there into the early 1980s. Kathy Clark, Supervising Zoologist for the Endangered and Nongame Species Program, joined Bob Bostock to discuss how our national bird, the bald eagle, has successfully recovered in the Garden State as well as provide insightful information on this majestic bird’s habits, habitats, and life cycle.
For more information on bald eagles, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ensp/raptor_info.htm.
2016 Eagle Report: http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ensp/pdf/eglrpt16.pdf
NJN’s Survival of Species Program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHZoTJQHOaE
January 13, 2017
With Black History Month quickly approaching, DEP will be hosting the exhibit Oh Freedom!: Blacks on the Battlefront and in the Aftermath of the American Revolutionary War in New Jersey. This exhibit powerfully portrays the role African Americans played in the Revolutionary War in New Jersey. Olivia Glenn, South Jersey Metro Regional Manager of the New Jersey Foundation and creator of the Oh Freedom! exhibit, joined Bob Bostock to discuss the discoveries of her research and the impact that this important point in history has had on New Jersey.
For more information on the Oh Freedom! exhibit, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/historic/oh_freedom/.
Oh Freedom! will be on display in the cafeteria hallway in DEP’s 401 building from January 17-30.
January 5, 2017
January is Radon Action Month. Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that cannot be seen, smelled or tasted. This unwelcome gas can seep into homes and accumulate in enclosed places. Anita Kopera, supervisor of DEP’s Radon Section, joined Bob Bostock to discuss radon in New Jersey and DEP’s role in radon prevention, regulations, outreach and education.
For more information on radon and DEP’s Radon Protection Element, please visit http://www.njradon.org/.
You can also call the toll free information line at 800-648-0394 or DEP’s Radon Section office at 609-984-5425.
December 28, 2016
Every year, New Jersey’s state parks celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes. To welcome 2017, the New Jersey State Park Service is hosting 19 guided hikes, 1 mountain bike ride and 1 horseback ride in state parks, forests and historic sites on New Year’s Day. Stephanie Fox, Resource Interpretive Specialist for the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, sat down with Bob Bostock to discuss how people can start the new year off right by getting outside in New Jersey’s beautiful outdoors.
For more information First Day Hikes, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/first_day_hikes.html.
For more information on New Jersey’s State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/.
December 21, 2016
For the past 6 years, DEP has participated in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program as a part of Governor Christie’s annual Season of Service Campaign. This year’s Angel Tree Drop Off took place on December 13. More than 1,000 gifts were delivered for 231 children this year alone. Richard Pease, Envoy at the Salvation Army Trenton Citadel Corps, joined Bob Bostock to discuss the Angel Tree Program and the difference that the Salvation Army makes both locally and worldwide.
For more information on the Salvation Army and to find out how you can get involved, please visit http://newjersey.salvationarmy.org/NewJersey/trenton.
December 15, 2016
With more than 45% of New Jersey covered in forests, forest management is an important part of DEP’s mission. DEP’s forestry team maintains and protects New Jersey’s forest landscape through various methods and means, such as prescribed burning and through the Natural Resource Stewardship Plan. Bernie Isaacson, assistant regional forester, joined Bob Bostock to discuss New Jersey’s abundant state forests and the sustainability initiatives that are in place to ensure that our forests thrive.
For more information about forestry and forest management in New Jersey, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/forest/.
December 9, 2016
Every year, thousands of people gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring Christmas Night river crossing. This event has become a tradition for Washington Crossing State Park, and hundreds of reenactors come together to make this an event that is fun and informative for people of all ages. Mark Sirak and Clay Craighead, Resource Interpretive Specialists at Washington Crossing State Park, joined Bob Bostock to discuss this historic crossing and the reenactment which takes place on Christmas Day at the Park.
For more information on Washington Crossing State Park, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/washcros.html.
To learn more about the reenactment visit: http://revolutionarynj.org/event/the-christmas-day-crossing-reenactment-at-washington-crossing-state-park/.
Photo: Mark Sirak (l) and Clay Craighead (r)
December 2, 2016
Since July, much of New Jersey has been under a drought watch. In the months since, rainfall has continued to be scarce in much of the state. As a result, 14 counties are now under a drought warning. With reservoir levels dropping and precipitation continuing to be below normal levels, water conservation becomes ever more important. Dan Kennedy, assistant commissioner of Water Resources Management, joined Bob Bostock to provide an update on the drought situation in New Jersey as well as some tips on water conservation, because Every Drop Counts.
For more information on the drought warning and DEP’s involvement, please visit http://njdrought.org/.