Woodbine in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A World Class Ecosystem
Pinelands National Reserve
"In every season, water is the life blood of the Pinelands, sending forth nourishment to all forms of life."
From the film, My Pine Barrens Land - May 1988
At first glance, it is no wonder the early settlers called it the "Pine Barrens." Its dry sandy soil and frequent fires seem inhospitable for most plants and animals. However, the dark green forests of pitch pine, oak, Atlantic white cedar, and the abundant streams and rivers prove that it is anything but barren.
The New Jersey Pinelands is a region filled with varied bounties of nature. Over 850 species of plants and over 350 species of birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians can be found here. Its aesthetic and scientific values are deemed priceless.
From the solemn stillness found in a cedar bog to the whispering winds blowing through forgotten company towns, the beauty of the Pinelands endures. "No other area has the same pattern of natural habitats, distribution of plant and animal populations, and unusual variety of plant and animal species." (Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan.)
In recognition of its unique resources, Congress, in 1978, established the Pinelands as the first National Reserve. In 1979, the STate of New Jersey created the New Jersey Pinelands Commission to manage the region's development and to preserve and protect its resources. The state and federal boundaries differ slightly, but the overall goals are the same.
Because it represents one of the world's major ecosystem types, the Pinelands was designated a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1983. The Pinelands is also part of the U.S. Man and the Biosphere Program. These designations help conserve important biological areas by promoting scientific research, environmental monitoring, education, and training.
Today, the National Park Service, the State of New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, and the New Jersey Pinelands Commission are working to create a program to "enhance public understanding, awareness, and appreciation" of the Pinelands. The partners, with other organizations in the community, want to build on the successes of existing programs and facilities to expand interpretive and educationational opportunities.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; State
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 39° 14.905′ N, 74° 50.56′ W. Marker is in Woodbine, New Jersey, in Cape May County. Marker can be reached from Henkensifkin Road 0.1 miles south of Woodbine Avenue (County Road 550), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Henkensifkin Rd, Woodbine NJ 08270, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Exploring the Pines (here, next to this marker); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away); Memorial Field (approx. 1˝ miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away); Roll of Honor (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Tie That Binds (approx. 4˝ miles away); The Head of the River Church (approx. 4˝ miles away); The Etna (Aetna) Furnace (approx. 4˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbine.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.