Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 1:30 PM: Program Meeting
Guest Speaker Jaclyn Rhoads, PhD, is the Assistant Executive Director of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. She will talk about Environmental Issues and Challenges in the New Jersey Pinelands.
The Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey is the largest surviving open space on the eastern seaboard between the northern forests of Maine and the Everglades of Florida. The "Pinelands" is an area of over one million acres, stretching over seven counties, designated for special growth management. It is one of America’s foremost efforts to control growth so that people and the rest of nature can live compatibly, preserving vast stretches of forest, rare species of plants and wildlife, and vulnerable freshwater aquifers. With its main economy dependent on tourism and agriculture, the area produces the third-highest number of cranberries and blueberries in the country. At the same time, it is a highly-sought target for industry and suburbanization, including the South Jersey Gas Pipeline recently approved by the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.
The Pinelands Preservation Alliance is the only private non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the resources of the New Jersey Pinelands. You can connect with them on Facebook.
The program will start at 1:30pm in the Community Room (on the right just inside the front entrance).
Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. After the meeting, everyone is welcome to join us for an early dinner at 4pm at Ruby Tuesday, 250 Davidson Ave, Somerset.
Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow humanists and atheists in your area! Always an interesting conversation and new participants are always welcome. If you're new, just tell the staff you're with the meetup group. This dinner will come as the polls are closing in New Jersey's off-year election for Governor.
If you know you're coming in advance, please RSVP for the event on Meetup or Facebook. Use one of the links to the right.
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