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/.
November 22, 2016
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, millions of people across America are looking for the perfect ingredients for their holiday dinners. Turkeys and cranberries have long been staples of Thanksgiving dinner, but in reality, they are much more important than that. Tony McBride, supervising biologist for DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, and Rob Geist, from DEP’s Division of Natural and Historic Resources, joined Bob Bostock to take a look behind the scenes of the role that each of these play in the Garden State.
Photo: Rob Geist (left) and Tony McBride (right)
For more information on wild turkeys in New Jersey, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/turkey_info.htm.
For more information on Double Trouble State Park, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/double.html#bogs.
For more information on cranberry growing in New Jersey, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/landuse/fww/fww_gp23.html.
Priscilla Ryle's Holiday Cranberry Salad
- 1 1/2 pounds Jersey Fresh cranberries
- 1 (1 lb. 4 oz) can of crushed pineapple in light syrup
- 3 small packages lemon Jello
- 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups celery
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
- 1 orange, ground fine
- juice of 1 lemon
- Cook cranberries in 3 cups water until skins pop.
- Reserve syrup of drained pineapple and add water to make 1 cup liquid.
- Add packages of lemon Jello and gelatin to pineapple syrup.
- Reserve 3 cups of the liquid from the drained cranberries and add to gelatin mixture (add hot water if necessary to make 3 cups).
- Puree the drained cranberries in blender.
- Stir sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the cranberry puree.
- Add the celery, pecans, pineapple, ground orange and lemon juice to the gelatin mixture.
- Stir all the ingredients together and pour into a 3 Qt. mold.
- Chill until firm, then unmold and Enjoy!
November 14, 2016
Tuesday, November 15 is America Recycles Day. On this day, events will be held across the country to promote recycling and inform people about proper recycling techniques. Recycling is important to New Jersey and to DEP, both of which have been committed to promoting recycling for more than 30 years. Steve Rinaldi, research scientist at DEP, sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss this nationwide initiative as well as New Jersey’s ongoing recycling efforts.
For more information on America Recycles Day, please visit https://americarecyclesday.org/.
For more information on recycling in New Jersey, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/.
November 4, 2016
Since the 1980s, the Garden State's black bear population has been increasing and expanding its range. Within the most densely populated state in the nation, black bears are thriving, and there are now confirmed bear sightings in all 21 of New Jersey's counties. DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife uses an integrated approach to managing New Jersey's black bear population, fostering coexistence between people and bears. Michelle Smith, biologist and bear specialist here at DEP, sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss bears in New Jersey as well as safety tips for dealing with them.
For more information on bear safety in New Jersey, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/bearfacts_safetytips.htm. You can report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to DEP's 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).
October 28, 2016
October is a popular month for bats – in fact, October 24-31 is Bat Week. However, these mammals have more to offer than just being a symbol for Halloween. Mackenzie Hall, biologist in DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Endangered and Nongame Species Program, joined Bob Bostock to discuss her experiences with these incredible creatures. Mackenzie is a recipient of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s Women & Wildlife Inspiration Award and has been involved in a number of projects spanning bat colonies, migrating amphibians, and grassland birds.