Pinelands Preservation Alliance

The Cedar Creek watershed lies mostly in Berkeley and Lacey Townships and drains an area of 54.3 square miles. Waterways within the Cedar Creek watershed include Cedar Creek, Webbs Mill Branch, Chamberlain Branch, Daniels Branch, Newbolds Branch, Factory Branch, Deep Hollow Branch, Huckleberry Branch, and several other unnamed tributaries of the Cedar Creek. Cedar Creek drains into Barnegat Bay, and is part of the Barnegat Bay Watershed Management Area.

Like most Pine Barrens streams, the water of Cedar Creek is “tea colored” because of tannic acid from the roots of the cedars lining the river banks. Ship captains reportedly filled wooden barrels with this cold water for their long sails in the Atlantic. This pristine water gave Cedar Creek the alternate name of Clear Brook in the late-18th century. Cedar Creek supplied both water power and raw material for several early industries, including lumber mills, iron furnaces, cranberry bogs and blueberry fields.

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A collection of videos about the history and ecology of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, from the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the Pinelands of New Jersey. Website: pinelandsalliance.org

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A collection of videos about the history and ecology of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, from the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the Pinelands of New Jersey. Website: pinelandsalliance.org

We use advocacy and education to involve the public and persuade government to protect the natural and cultural resources of this extraordinary region. We support the Pinelands Protection Act and Comprehensive Management Plan, and we seek to improve these and other environmental laws to better protect the Pinelands’ natural and historic resources.

We serve as the public’s watch-dog over government, going to meetings and analyzing the actions and documents that most citizens cannot monitor on their own. Drawing on the energy and creativity of staff and volunteers, we focus on protecting
the water, wetlands and forests that make the Pine Barrens a globally unique ecosystem. We take people out into the Pine Barrens to show them first-hand how beautiful and fascinating this landscape is. We work with teachers and students to bring the Pinelands into school curricula. And we work with citizens to hold government accountable for saving the Pinelands.

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