9780813537191

New Jersey's Environments : Past, Present, and Future

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813537191

  • ISBN10:

    0813537193

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-02-28
  • Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr

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Summary

Americans often think of New Jersey as an environmental nightmare. As seen from its infamous turnpike, which is how many travelers experience the Garden State, it is difficult not to be troubled by the wealth of industrial plants, belching smokestacks, and hills upon hills of landfills. Yet those living and working in New Jersey often experience a very different environment. Despite its dense population and urban growth, two-thirds of the state remains covered in farmland and forest, and New Jersey has a larger percentage of land dedicated to state parks and forestland than the average for all states. It is this ecological paradox that makes New Jersey important for understanding the relationship between Americans and their natural world.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Nature's Next Exit? or Why New Jersey Is as Important as Yellowstone National Park 1(10)
NEIL M. MAHER
PART I History and Contexts
1 A Natural History of the Life and Death of a Great American City: Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1850-2000
11(17)
BRYANT SIMON
2 Solid Waste Management in "The Garbage State": New Jersey's Transformation from Landfilling to Incineration
28(23)
EILEEN MCGURTY
PART II Policy and Law
3 Oysters, Public Trust, and the Law in New Jersey
51(17)
BONNIE J. MCCAY
4 Citizen Expertise and Citizen Action in the Creation of the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act
68(22)
HEATHER FENYK AND DAVID H. GUSTON
5 The Free Fishing Controversy of Sussex County, New Jersey
90(21)
ROBERT W. REYNOLDS
PART III New Jersey Environments Today
6 Tracking New Jersey's Changing Landscape
111(17)
RICHARD LATHROP AND JOHN HASSE
7 Evaluating the Effects of Historical Land Cover Change on Summertime Weather and Climate in New Jersey
128(36)
PAUL S. WICHANSKY, CHRISTOPHER P. WEAVER, LOUIS T. STEYAERT, AND ROBERT L. WALKO
8 A Century of Natural Disasters in a State of Changing Vulnerability: New Jersey, 1900-1999
164(35)
JAMES K. MITCHELL
About the Contributors 199(4)
Index 203

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