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A comprehensive plan protects unique ecology and allows compatible development

A patchwork of pine-oak forests, tea colored streams and rivers, spacious farms, crossroad hamlets and small towns, the Pinelands’ 1.1 million acres contains 56 municipalities in seven counties, 17 trillion gallons of some of the world’s cleanest water in aquifers and more than 35 threatened and endangered species in south central New Jersey.

Recognized as an important national and international environmental asset, state and federal legislation in the late 1970’s formed a partnership to preserve, protect and enhance the Pinelands’ special natural and cultural resources. In 1983, the US Man and the Biosphere Program and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated the Pinelands as the first National Reserve in the US.

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