Preservation Of The Pine Barrens There is much preservation throughout this country. One that is most famous to New Jersey is the Pine Barrens. I dont believe this bio diverse ecosystem should be developed on. This precious preservation should be saved. In these following paragraphs the author will discuss the animals involved, the plants, major parts, and the dangers facing it today.
The Pine Barrens is one of the worlds unique nature areas. It is designated as a biosphere reserve by the United Nations, and a last great place by the Nature Conservancy. It covers Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Ocean counties. This is definitely a place worth saving. First, in this paragraph the author would like to discuss the animals of the Pine Barrens, and where they live.
The habitats of the animals consist of forests, lakes, and the wet lands. The majority of forest is dry and full of pine trees. Most of the animals live in this habitat. The next most populated area is the lake, which can be man made or naturally made. This is where the fish, the chain pickerel, the animals that seek refuge such as the carpenter frog, or the animals that prey on them, the Northern Water Snake live.
The wet lands are grassy areas near lakes and tributaries of the lakes like rivers and streams. Many small fish, small water reptiles, paint turtles , snakes, and amphibians live here. There are many endangered animals in New Jersey, and most of them live in the Pinelands. The reason most of them are endangered is because they are losing their natural habitat. Many animals are being reintroduced to our state. For instance the black bear, which was once endangered is now plentiful and populates much of North Jersey. Another animal being reintroduced is the coyote, which is now thriving in the Garden State .
The Barred Owl, which is endangered altogether, lives here in small numbers. The pine snake is a vicious terrestrial snake that can also be arboreal. Plants are abundant throughout the Pine Barrens. The pine tree is the most typical, especially the pitcher pine. This is a pygmy pine tree only about ten feet. Other trees consist of pin oaks and cedar. Cedar trees and their roots are what make the water a brownish red color.
One of the most popular plants is also their main crop. This plant is the blueberry and cranberry bushes. The Pinelands also have rare plants. The pitcher plant, for one is related to the Venus Fly Trap. This amazing plant traps flies by attracting them with a liquid which is like pollen located at the bottom of the pitcher. The wetlands are an amazing part of the pinelands.
They prevent pollution from entering the lakes as well as preventing floods. This is a major part of the safety of the Pine Barrens. This is where the endangered Pine Barrens tree frog lives. On a clear night you can hear these frogs a mile away. They hang out on reeds and trees near the water. This forest is home to many other animals.
For instance, there are cranes, water snake, turtles, salamanders, small pickerel and bass, and other frogs like spring peepers. The water snakes are usually mistaken for poisonous water moccasins, which do not live in New Jersey. Wetlands are usually near lake edges, stream edges, or bogs and swamps. There are many dangers facing the Pine Barrens today. The most dangerous is industrialization.
Industry pollutes the water land,and air. This greatly impacts the delicate ecosystem of the Pinelands and the animals that live there. This also leads way for more development of housing units. There is already limited forest, we do not need more housing on this precious land. Sure it may look pretty to the buyers, but do they know whats really being done.
Only 295,000 acres of 1.1 million are in protection. This ecosystem is too important to waste. Another problem that faces the pinelands is forest fires. There are as many as four hundred forest fires per year. An astonishing twenty four of them are serious, which means they destroy over four hundred acres.
Most of these fires are caused by human mistakes. Just last year there was Air Force test mission. Planes were dropping dud bombs and one sparked causing a major fire. It destroyed several acres. There are other causes by humans such as throwing cigarette butts out the window on a hot, dry day.
How can we display such blasphemy to a beautiful ecosystem like this? There are ways we can help. We could make more state and recreational parks, which promote nature with safety towards the animals. These parks also make money for additional precautions. There are many parks here today like Batsto, Bass River, and Atsion. This is one way to protect the use of land. As long as we show respect for the Pine Barrens this will work.
It will take an awareness on everyones part to preserve this incredible resource known as the Pine Barrens. There are many serious aspects to the Pine Barrens, but there are also many interesting facts. There are many historic sites like Batsto. This was an iron and glass village. They made cannon balls during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Many historic churches are still there such as the Pleasant Mills Church, circa 1808.
There is also folklore about a devil child. He is called the Jersey Devil. This devil is a winged beast with a horse like body and hooves. He was the thirteenth child of Mrs. Leeds. When he was born she wished it to be the Devil.
This legend is told around campfires and continues to be part of the folklore of New Jersey. I think the Pine Barrens should be better protected. Other than other small sections in the south these pinelands are all we have. There is not a place with such bio diversity, and such beautiful landscape as this. This is a last great place and deserves to be saved.
I go there every year, and I would like to go for many years to come. I also would like other people to experience the joy of the pinelands the way I see it. I dont want people to see a trashed and polluted area that looks like a city forest. Science.