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Island Beach State Park dune grass planting.(New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection)
Island Beach State Park dune grass planting.(New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection)
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Dune grass planting scheduled for Saturday at Island Beach State Park

Another step in keeping the shore ready for future storms takes place on Saturday at Island Beach State Park with the planting of dune grass, with the combined efforts of volunteers and state officials.

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Intermittent pond in Wharton State Forest
Intermittent pond in Wharton State Forest (NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection)
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NJ’s solution for the drivers destroying Wharton State Forest

Insensitive motorists are destroying ponds that are home to many of the region's unique animal and plant species.

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Ortley Beach (NJ Dept. Environmental Protection)
Ortley Beach (NJ Dept. Environmental Protection)
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Beach replenishment sand arrives in Ortley in April; DEP schedule miffs Brick Mayor

The long-awaited $128,000,000 northern Ocean County beach and dune reconstruction begins with sand deposits in Ortley Beach in April, say officials of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Welcome news in Toms River. But, Brick Township's Mayor is sounding off while repairs there wait until early 2018.

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Little Egg Inlet dredging project scheduled for April bidding

Wheels begin to turn for the first-ever dredging of Little Egg Inlet. New Jersey environmental officials did not offer a project start date, but said that they expect to open it up for contractor bidding in April.

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Prescribed burn (courtesy NJ State Forest Fire Service)
Prescribed burn (courtesy NJ State Forest Fire Service)
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Smoke in the air? How to tell if it’s a budding wildfire, and what to do

If you see a sizeable plume of smoke rising from the Pinelands, or another forested area in New Jersey, from this point through the end of March, it might well be a prescribed burn by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. And now, a quick visit to the agency on Facebook can tell you right away whether it's theirs, or it's trouble.

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Fishermen rally in Point Pleasant Beach (courtesy RFA)
Fishermen rally in Point Pleasant Beach (courtesy RFA)
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What the fluke: DEP chief, fishing advocates protest summer flounder limit plans

When the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) conducts hearings this week about its proposed summer flounder quota revisions, it can expect an earful from fishing advocates from New Jersey and elsewhere, as well as state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin.

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Point Pleasant Beach (courtesy NJDEP)
Point Pleasant Beach (courtesy NJDEP)
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Rebuild of northern Ocean County’s Sandy-strapped beaches has Spring start date

The news that land and home owners in Ocean County's most Superstorm-ravaged section have waited more than four years to hear, finally arrives.

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NJ DEP Commissioner Bob Martin addresses the media. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media)
NJ DEP Commissioner Bob Martin addresses the media. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media)
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Northern Ocean County Beach and Dune rebuild protect goes out to bid

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announce a construction project to build up Northern Ocean County's beaches and dunes which is now out to bid.

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Recovery Continues Two Weeks After Superstorm Sandy
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Northern Ocean County dune project delayed. Again.

But, officials say, with a court ruling against holdouts on their side, they're finally ready to move ahead.

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State lawmakers to discuss beach access in Toms River

Rules governing public access to New Jersey's beaches undergo discussion by state lawmakers, Thursday morning at Toms River Town Hall.

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