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Batsto in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Exploring the Pinelands

Pinelands National Reserve

 
 
Exploring the Pinelands Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 1, 2013
1. Exploring the Pinelands Marker
Inscription. The 1.1 million acre New Jersey Pinelands covering nearly one quarter of the state, is a region of varied resources and opportunities. The Pinelands is home to almost twelve hundred species of plants and animals, many unique natural environments, and a rich folklife based on its natural wealth.

Pinelands ecosystems include coastal wetlands, pine/oak upland forests, and white cedar swamps. A major influence on these resources lies within the sandy soil—over 17 trillion gallons of water are stored in the sands of the Kirk/Cohansey Aquifer---the primary source of drinking water for South Jersey residents.

Pinelands heritage, dating from prehistoric times, has helped create the landscapes of the Pines. Native Americans used the regions resources for food and shelter. Early settlers used cedar trees and bog iron as the basis for local industries. Today, cranberry and blue agriculture are the major Pinelands industries.

Despite the perception of a “barrens” landscape and generations of resource-based activities, the remarkable treasures of the Pinelands National Reserve continue to regenerate providing both inspirational and recreation opportunities for a visitor and resident alike.
 
Location. 39° 38.652′ N, 74° 38.802′ 
Exploring the Pinelands Marker-Distant photo image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 1, 2013
2. Exploring the Pinelands Marker-Distant photo
W. Marker is in Batsto, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is on Tylertown Road. Click for map. The marker is in Batsto Historic Village. Marker is in this post office area: Hammonton NJ 08037, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wharton State Forest (here, next to this marker); Ore Boat or Barge (within shouting distance of this marker); Bog Ore (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wagon (about 500 feet away); Auxiliary Power System (approx. 0.2 miles away); Swimming the Ladder to Success (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Pane in the Glass Factory (approx. 0.3 miles away); William K. Phillis War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Natural Resources
 
Sign at the entrance to Batsto Village image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 1, 2013
3. Sign at the entrance to Batsto Village
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 329 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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