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Piping plover
Piping plover (Photo provided by NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection)
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What NJ is doing to protect the state’s most vulnerable species

Multiple efforts are underway by the state of New Jersey to get a better handle on and protect the dozens of endangered and threatened species within the state's borders.

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Artificial Reef (NJ Dept. Environmental Protection)
Artificial Reef (NJ Dept. Environmental Protection)
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Army Corps okays Manasquan Inlet artificial reef – environmental group sounds warning

Longstanding plans for the next in a series of artifical reefs of the Jersey coast show signs of life with a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Almost immediately, the New Jersey Sierra Club sounded a warning about the risk of over-fishing.

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New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin. (Tom Mongelli, Townsquare Media)
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin. (Tom Mongelli, Townsquare Media)
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New Jersey DEP Commissioner maps out plans for 2017

One of the items on last week's menu at the Ocean County Mayor's Association Meeting in Toms River for DEP Commissioner Bob Martin was protecting New Jersey's ocean front...with plans to resolve those issues expected to take a while.

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State court to hear arguments from Shore oceanfront homeowners on eminent domain

A State Appellate Court consisting of three judges will hear appeals from residents along the Ocean County coastline whose oceanfront properties were seized via eminent domain by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

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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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