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Description - Information provided by New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry The central region of the Pine Barrens contains several areas of pine and oak forest that resemble the surrounding forests with one major exception: from a standing position, one can gaze over the top of the tree canopy. The Pine Barren Plains, known locally as the Pygmy Forest, contains trees that may attain a height of only about four feet at maturity. New Jersey contains the world's largest acreage of this globally rare forest community, which can be seen within portions of Penn State Forest. Many researchers believe that this unique stunted forest ecosystem is partly the result of the fire ecology of the Pinelands.

Attractions - Undeveloped wilderness.

Recreation - Boating/canoeing

Fishing

Hunting

Cross-country skiing

Climate - The temperatures in New Jersey vary slightly, with the southern area being the warmest. Winter weather can start by October and is in full force by November, temperatures average 20 to 40 degrees. Spring can begin in mid March and brings temperatures of 50 degrees F, by April temperatures can reach 65 degrees F. Summer weather can extend from late May to mid September, and temperatures often reach 95 degrees during this season with nighttime lows near 65 degrees. Fall weather has temperatures between 65 and 45 degrees F. Precipitation levels in New Jersey are highest from March through August.

Location - Jenkin's Neck, Burlington County

Take Route 563 to Lake Oswego Road in Jenkins Neck, and follow for three miles.


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Contact Information:
Penn State Forest, c/o Bass River State Forest, 762 Stage Road , Tuckerton, NJ, 08087, Phone: (609) 296-1114
, Michele.buckley@dep.state.nj.us

Additional Information:
New Jersey State Parks and Forests -

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Official State Forest Web Site - Current Fees and Information

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