This was just a few days ago:
and is about 8 minutes drive from here. I went by to see the burned
forest today. I will swing by tomorrow with my camera, and then post
some pictures and/or video.
Yesterday I walked the two dirt roads that run along or pass through
the burn area, and shot many pictures with the digital camera. Just
now I put them all together into a Windows slideshow, and will
upload the slideshow to my Youtube account. Once it is available on
the Youtube site, I will notify the group.
While walking along I found that there were regular pine/oak
uplands, cedar swamps and hardwood swamps on the site. I also found
a house site where there was a cellar hole, a lot of grass and some
non-native trees, including a spruce of some kind and what appeared
to be some tuliptrees. There was also a nice little pond, and in one
spot I found a Shadbush in bloom. I took a closeup of the flowers.
Included in the slideshow will be one photo of reindeer lichen.
Here's the Youtube link for my slideshow:
As of right now there's still a notation at the top of the page
saying that the video is still being processed.
Keep your eyes open for the Shadbush pictures, and then later the
reindeer lichen photo. If you are observant you will see it. I love
lichen, and can't resist photographing it.
Late in the slideshow you'll see an area with young trees. That was
an area that was clearcut except for a few individual oak
trees. Right after I discovered the cut I emailed the Pinelands
Commission. They wrote me back saying that they had issued a permit
for the cut, but the sawmill had gone and cut the forest before
actually receiving their permit, so they were in temporary violation
at the time of my writing to them. Some of the land in the area,
including that cut, is owned by the Schairer Brothers Sawmill, some
of it is owned by the Renault Winery, and some of it is in the Eyren
Hafen Land Preserve. Eyren Hafen is old Dutch for Egg Harbor. By the
way, the Renault Winery is the oldest continuously-operating winery
in the United States, having been founded in 1862 or something like
By the way, I noticed a lot of cans and bottles visible in the woods
as I walked. Roadside litter and illegal dumping are huge problems
in New Jersey. It's such a shame. You have to go really far from
civilization in order to get away from it. But even then the guys
that take their trucks four wheeling in the woods routinely toss
beer and soda bottles into the woods while they drive. So you can't
ever get completely away from trash unless you walk off-road or
off-trail. Then you risk getting ticks.
This burn area is about 3 miles east of here. I estimate that in a
few weeks or a month I will start seeing sprouts on the trunks of
the pine trees, or at the base of the ones that were killed. I will
also start seeing pine seedlings, probably in a month. The forest
will regenerate quite quickly. When the regeneration starts, I will
take more pictures. This is great having a fire so near me, as I can
watch the regeneration much more easily. The Pine Barrens is so huge
that some places in it are really far away. For example, the nearest
Pygmie Pine Plains area is 45 minutes to an hour's drive from here.