Exploring The Pinelands

The Pinelands National Reserve (Pinelands), covers 22% of NJ. It includes rivers, bogs, a nationally recognized estuary (Great Bay and the Mullica Watershed), Forsythe Wildlife Refuge, historic hamlets, and species of plants and animals found no where else in the world.

 

There are many efforts to preserve and protect the Pinelands beauty and natural gifts.  Much of this began in 1978 when Congress established the NJ Pinelands as the Nation’s first National Reserve, then by the Pinelands Commission in 1979 with the creation of the Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP). 

 

The CMP goal is to protect the Pinelands ecosystems while also balancing the needs of people and the economy. In 1988, UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Program designated the NJ Pinelands to be among 639 worldwide Biosphere Reserves.

 

This collaboration between the PPC and PPA is a vision to create an exhibition about how the Pinelands are a model for ways that many people are working to make life better for nature and paying close attention to how nature sustains itself and all of us.

As photographers, writers, and media artists, we are inviting the public to find what attracts us within this vision and submit original work for consideration of curation into the upcoming exhibition.

Since the Pinelands is such a large and diverse area, we now refer to the following areas as the framework for our exhibition in 2020:
 

1) Preservation Areas,
2) Towns, Villages, and Industry,
3) Life Along the Coast, and,
4) Beneath It All:
    The Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer: 17 Trillion Gallons and not a Drop to Spare.

People working to make life better for nature and paying close attention to how nature sustains itself and all of us.  For people, preservations include recreation, public education, scientific research, historic and archaeological sites, healthy sources for drinking water now and into the future, and endless aesthetic inspiration along rivers, streams and wetlands.  For nature, preservation protects rare and endangered species and creates contiguous land and water areas.

Areas where the protection of nature and the economic well being of people merge more intimately and sustainable approaches benefit both people and nature.

Undeveloped Forest – as important as Preservation Areas but not as restricted.
 

Coastal towns and people strongly and perhaps most clearly reflect the ecosystem that they are part of.  Culture, Recreation and the Arts are inspired by the surroundings of sea, bays, estuaries, marshland and the life within them.

The Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer: 17 Trillion Gallons and not a Drop to Spare.

  Beneath It All is meant to bring awareness to the aquifer that underlies the entire Pine Barrens and gives life to everything. It may not be possible to actually photograph the aquifer, but its presence and the importance of protecting the quality and quantity of its waters are vital to both people and nature.