All posts by John

Advocate, Director Rancocas Pathways

System is Fractured

When politicians can on a whim remove protections and rulings (as we know first hand here on the Rancocas Creek Water Trail) there is an issue w a system that is fractured and needs systematic reforms. While the essence of conservation is multi-use, clear-cutting old growth forest is not the essence of conservation. Conservation believes in using land sustainably to preserve it for future generations, rather than allowing it to be exploited and lost forever.
From National Geographic. Tongass Roadless No More…An ancient forest in Alaska loses environmental protections. The Tongass National Forest, the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest, sustains Indigenous communities. A rollback of federal protections puts more than half of it at risk.

Stewardship Melpine Landing

Stewardship is everyone’s responsibility. Access road to Melpine Landing is in deplorable condition. Driving across the causeway in any type of vehicle and or through the huge deep mud puddle (see photo) is counter-productive to maintaining vehicle access to Melpine Landing, Rancocas State Park, Rancocas Creek Water Trail. Driving down to the landing w trailer loads of kayaks and across the causeway is also counter-productive to keeping the access road user friendly. Large trucks and large number of vehicles crossing the puddle (mud-hole) and or driving out into the field to avoid ruts also counter-productive. The issue is under discussion in order to enhance access via the farm road. It is highly suggested folks use common sense and portage kayaks down to the Landing. Yes its a “pain”. However use the kayak ramp in Hainesport or Lumberton vs. Melpine for ease of access. The portage trail (the old wood road) is a wee bit overgrown. Keep an eyes wide open attitude and be careful on the portage back and forth to the landing. Further details will be posted on access. If anyone has any questions or concerns post away or zap me an e-mail.

2015-2020 5th Year anniversarY of NJ’s Rancocas CReek as a possible National Water Trail Nomination Newsletter

Well much water has flowed under our kayaks. Much has taken place. Much remains. Highlighting the nomination process of NJ’s Rancocas Creek as a possible National Water Trail are volunteers, involvement and community engagement. A fine thing, as fine as frogs hair. Harnessing the power of people committed to a common agenda. An excellent, vibrant, lively public discourse.

A fine tip of the hat to business entity along the Rancocas Creek Watershed whose actions speak louder then words. Mt. Holly’s Main Street Business and Mount Holly’s Mill Race Village business and eateries. When in Mt. Holly spend time at Robin’s Nest, Village Idiot Brew Place, Downtown Pizza, Vincent’s Home Made Ice Cream, Spellbound Brewing and many other fine establishments and commercial businesses. Need a Vet for your pup when paddling check of Rancocas Veterinary Associates in the old water works office on Mill Street. Also check out Main Street Mount Holly, Kitchen 87 and The Train Wreck. Mill Race Village Shops eclectic, unique, local.

In the meantime check out the 5th year Anniversary Newsletter. Hot off the press. Enjoy recalling all what has been accomplished and all that remains. A fine tip of the hat to Burlington County Committee Persons Linda Hynes and Dan OConnell for helping get de ole camels nose under the tent. They among numerous others deserve a fine thanks, obliged and a tip of the hat.

It is not impossible to list everyone’s name and organization and agency that has worked on areas and issues to advance the nomination over the last 5 years. We would fill 20 plus pages of such names. In keeping w the citizen driven process of a National Water Trail nomination you who have helped the process along, a fine thank-you and obliged. Here’s a raise of the cold brew and a tip of the hat thanks.

Here’s to the next five years. Contact Rancocas Pathways w any question or issues