Tag: Michele S. Byers

Preserve New Jersey’s Historic Landscapes

By Michele S. Byers Calling New Jersey “the Crossroads of the American Revolution” isn’t just hype. Our state’s location between the British stronghold in New York and the young nation’s...

October 8, 2012 | comments

Want Lower Taxes? Recycle More!

By Michele S. Byers If you’re concerned about our high cost of living – read on! There’s one simple thing we can all do to help our towns and ourselves...

September 28, 2012 | comments

Jersey Shore’s Second Season

By Michele S. Byers Labor Day usually means the end of the beach season at the Jersey Shore – our state’s 130-mile coastline, not the MTV “reality” series. But, in...

September 21, 2012 | comments

Back to Nature School

By Michele S. Byers For most students and teachers, “back to school” means desks, books and computers. But at one New Jersey school, woods, fields, hills, lakes and streams in...

September 14, 2012 | comments

‘Dirty’ Case Ends in Victory for Preserved Farmland

By Michele S. Byers When the state Attorney General holds a news conference to announce an important court ruling, it generally means dirty business like murder, theft, arson or drugs....

August 31, 2012 | comments

Celebrate Appalachian Trail’s 75th Birthday with a Hike

By Michele S. Byers The Appalachian Trail, the granddaddy of American hiking trails, turned 75 on Aug. 14. Unlike many people, you can honestly say this venerable footpath is not...

August 24, 2012 | comments

The Plight of the Ancient Horseshoe Crab

By Michele S. Byers It’s fitting that a sculpture of the horseshoe crab, which will become part of an artificial reef off the coast of Mantoloking in Ocean County, will...

August 17, 2012 | comments

Helping Bats, Nature’s Original Bug Zappers

By Michele S. Byers Four summers ago, if you went outside at dusk, you were likely rewarded with the fascinating sight of bats diving and swooping for insects. Not only...

August 10, 2012 | comments

Barnegat Bay Needs Pollution Reduction Diet

By Michele S. Byers Barnegat Bay needs a diet! No, it’s not obese, but it’s fed far too many nutrients. These nutrients, mostly nitrogen and phosphorus, come from fertilizers used...

August 3, 2012 | comments

Food for Thought on Sustainable Living

By Michele S. Byers It’s easy to understand the frustrations expressed by a friend who was pondering our planet’s environmental challenges. “I have to admit, many times I feel exasperated...

July 27, 2012 | comments

Sowing the Seeds for a New Generation of Farmers

By Michele S. Byers Do you know who grows your food? Chances are, it’s a farmer nearing retirement. A U.S. Department of Agricul­ture study shows that the average age of the...

July 20, 2012 | comments

Don’t Divert Federal Conservation Funding

By Michele S. Byers Chances are you’ve never heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. But if you live in New Jersey, you will be pleased to know that...

July 13, 2012 | comments

Hoping for ‘Caviar Fish’ Comeback

By Michele S. Byers Caviar, salted sturgeon eggs, is a delicacy most often associated with Russia… the “treat of tsars.” New Jerseyans may be surprised, then, to learn that this...

June 29, 2012 | comments

On the Waterfront, at Last

By Michele S. Byers Imagine living a stone’s throw from a river but never seeing it or strolling along its banks. That’s what happens in older industrial cities like Newark,...

June 21, 2012 | comments

Farm Bill Is No Small Potatoes to New Jersey

By Michele Byers When you hear “Farm Bill,” you probably think of huge corn, wheat and sugar subsidies. Now up for re-authorization for the first time since 2008, the Farm...

June 15, 2012 | comments

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