Episode 77-Environmental Justice with Riché Outlaw and Joseph Donald

December 22, 2017

To help address environmental inequities, DEP launched the Environmental Justice Program to ensure fair treatment for people of all races, cultures, and incomes, in the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. The Environmental Justice Program aims to empower citizens who are disproportionately impacted by environmental pollution and often outside of the decision-making process of government. Riché Outlaw and Joseph Donald sit down with Gladys Giron to discuss how DEP’s Environmental Justice Program strives to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities that are overburdened by environmental stressors.

Click here to learn more about Environmental Justice at DEP.

Click here to listen to the Discover DEP episode on Groundwork Elizabeth with Jackie Albaum and Jonathan Phillips.

Click here to read about DEP’s Fall 2017 volunteer day with Groundwork Elizabeth.

Click here to learn more about volunteering for the New Jersey Tree Foundation in Newark.



Episode 76-Natural and Historic Resources with Rich Boornazian

December 15, 2017

DEP’s  Natural and Historic Resources office is charged with preserving and protecting New Jersey’s natural, ecological and cultural resources, including state parks and forests, wildlife management areas, our fish and wildlife, and state historic sites that are so valued by our residents and visitors to the Garden State. From mountains to beaches, woodlands to rivers, battlefields and open spaces, the professionals at NHR are there to promote the responsible use of these special areas and to safeguard them for this and for future generations. Bob Bostock sits down with Rich Boornazian, Assistant Commissioner of Natural and Historic Resources, to discusses the accomplishments of this dynamic group within DEP.

Click the highlighted links to learn about New Jersey’s parks and forests, fish and wildlife, historic resources and open space.



Episode 75-History and Legends in the Pinelands with Tom Gerber

December 1, 2017

This episode concludes Discover DEP’s three-part series focusing on the Pine Barrens. In this third and final episode, Bob Bostock sits down with Tom Gerber, Section Forest Fire Warden and long-time DEP employee, to talk about the history and legends of the Pine Barrens. A New Jersey native, Tom shares his extensive knowledge of the area including early settlements and industries, forest fires, local folklore and the Jersey Devil.

Click here to learn more about the history of the Pine Barrens.

Click here to learn more about the book “The Pine Barrens” by John McPhee.

Click the highlighted links to learn more about Batsto Village and Wharton State Forest.