Welcome to Ronkville. Established: 2007 Population: 1 (though we get a lot of visitors passing through) Click the timestamp on a post to see the full post or source. And read The Ronkville Morning Bugle to keep up on what news is buzzing around our little hamlet today.And now, your moment of haiku -
still I see them how they were - bare winter trees
(Photo of the NJ Pine Barrens with Atlantic City in the distance)
The Pine Barrens, also known as the Pinelands or simply the Pines, is a heavily forested area of coastal plain stretching across more than seven counties of southern New Jersey.
The “pine barrens” are not “barren” but the term applies to the sandy, acidic, nutrient-poor soil which frustrated early European settlers’ attempts to plant their familiar crops. The Pinelands has a diversity of plant life(including orchids and carnivorous plants).
The area is also notable for its populations of rare pygmy Pitch Pines and other plant species that depend on the frequent fires of the Pine Barrens to reproduce.
The sand that composes much of the area’s soil is referred to by the locals as sugar sand.
Despite its proximity to Philadelphia and New York City, and the fact that the Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway run through it, the Pine Barrens remains largely rural and undisturbed.
It is a critical water source. The Pine Barrens territory helps recharge the 17 trillion gallon Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer containing some of the purest water in the United States.
In 1978, Congress passed legislation to designate 1.1 million acres (4,500 km²) of the Pine Barrens as the Pinelands National Reserve (the nation’s first National Reserve) to preserve its ecology. A decade later, it was designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve.
The Pinelands Reserve contains the Wharton, Brendan T. Byrne (formerly Lebanon), Penn, and Bass River state forests. The reserve also includes two National Wild and Scenic Rivers: the Maurice and the Great Egg Harbor.
NJ author, John McPhee, wrote one of my favorite books about the area’s history & ecology - The Pine Barrens (1967).
1: Moby Dick and Swing Ride, Seaside Park, New Jersey, 2009 2: Funtown Pier Post Hurricane Sandy, Seaside Park, New Jersey, 2012 3: Funtown Pier Storm, Seaside Park, New Jersey 4: The Casino Pier Post Hurricane Sandy, Seaside Park, New Jersey, 2012 5: Atlantic City Carousel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 2009 6: Arcade and Cable Car Shadows, Seaside Park, New Jersey, 2009 7: The Star Jet and Ticket Booth, Seaside Park, New Jersey, 2009 8: Fun House, Point Pleasant, New Jersey, 2010 Photography, B/W
"The Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, extending almost one-half mile into the Atlantic Ocean, is surely the greatest amusement enterprise under one roof in the world. With its many theaters, vaudeville, ballroom dancing, exhibits, diversity of entertainment, a visit to the pier is a vacation in itself."
Circa 1951 - made by E.C. Kropp Co., Milw., Wis.- A Natural Color Post Card
Sunday, Sept 15: The 38th Annual Clearwater Music and Eco Festival comes to Long Branch’s Great Lawn for eight hours of live music and food vendors with a special green twist. More than a dozen environmental groups will be there to raise awareness about climate change, along with countless “green” vendors.