Urban society conflicts with rural cultural traditions — and our forests

By Robert R. Williams
Courier Post
December 16, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

For many decades, urban society and its “illusion of preservation” has continued to obstruct and suppress our rural communities and their use of the land and natural resources. We are seeing the elimination of our cultural heritage in our time. In southern New Jersey, by government legislation, 1.2 million acres of the landscape has been reserved and protected in what is designated as the Pinelands National Reserve. This reserve includes all aspects of the land ownership both public and private. Two of the primary reasons for designating the Pine Barrens for protection was to perpetuate and sustain the unique ecological natural heritage and the indigenous local cultural heritage. We understand the essential need to sustain and conserve the ecological integrity of the land and the natural systems it supports.

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