Books

Books


The Bicycle Diaries
by David Byrne, published 2009 by Viking, The Penguin Group.
“Since the early 1980s, renowned musician and visual artist David Byrne has been riding a bike as his principal means of transportation in New York City. This point of view, from his bike seat, became his panoramic window on urban life, a magical way of opening one’s eyes to the inner workings and rhythms of a city’s geography and population.”

City at the Water’s Edge: A Natural History of New York
by Betsy McCully, published 2006 by Rutgers University Press.
Through twenty years of nature exploration, McCully has come to know New York as part of the Lower Hudson Bioregion — a place of salt marshes and estuaries, sand dunes and barrier islands, glacially sculpted ridges and kettle holes, rivers and streams, woodlands and outwash plains. Counter to popular views that see the city as a marvel of human ingenuity diametrically opposed to nature, this unique account shows how the region has served as an evolving habitat for a diversity of species, including our own. The author chronicles the growth of the city at the expense of the environment but leaves the reader with a vision of a future city as a human habitat that is brought into balance with nature.

Family-Friendly Biking in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania
by Diane Goodspeed, published 2005 by Rutgers University Press.
The first biking book for this region geared specifically toward families with young kids. Packed with photos and easy-to-follow maps, the book shows us where to find nearly 25 kid-friendly trails that are not too steep or too long, do not encounter many roads, and provide ample access to food and restroom facilities. You will find detailed information on popular New Jersey routes, including the Columbia Trail, Delaware & Raritan Canal Trail, Sussex Branch Trail, and Paulinskill Valley Trail, as well as undemanding rides through Duke Island Park, Hartshorne Woods, and Sandy Hook National Recreation Area. In eastern Pennsylvania, kids of all ages can pedal along the Lehigh Canal and the Delaware Canal and explore the many rambling paths of Tyler State Park.

Fields of Sun and Grass: An Artist’s Journal of the New Jersey Meadowlands
by John R. Quinn, published 1997 by Rutgers University Press.
Millions of people glance at the Meadowlands from their car, train or airplane window and often dismiss it as a wasteland of traffic arteries, industry, trash dumps and weeds. John R. Quinn, naturalist and artist, teaches us to see New Jersey’s Meadowlands with new eyes as he explores the history and the living environment of this unique urban wilderness.

A Great Conveniency: A Maritime History of the Passaic River, Hackensack River, and Newark Bay
by Kevin K. Olsen, published 2008 by American History Imprints.
A Great Conveniency describes the role that riverine and coastal navigation played during the development of northern New Jersey. Commencing in the early 1600s with the European exploration of the local waterways, it relates how rivers facilitated early settlement and expanded the network into the hinterlands.

The Hudson: An Illustrated Guide to the Living River
by Stephen P. Stanne, Roger G. Panetta, and Brian E. Forist, published 2007 by Rutgers University Press.
Covering the full sweep of the Hudson’s natural history and human heritage, this book introduces readers to the river’s diversity of plants and wildlife, to the geological forces that created it, to the people who explored and settled its banks, to its enduring place in American history and art, and to the battles waged over its environmental preservation. This revised edition also includes new information on the importance of the Hudson’s watershed, the impacts of invasive species, and the latest data on the river’s toxic PCB contamination, as well as new scholarship on the river’s history.

The Meadowlands: Wilderness Adventures on the Edge of a City
by Robert Sullivan, published 1999 by Anchor Books, Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc.
“Just five miles west of New York City, this vilified, half-developed, half-untamed, much dumped-on, and sometime odiferous tract of swampland is home to rare birds and missing bodies, tranquil marshes, and a major sports arena.”

New Jersey Wildlife Viewing Guide
by Laurie Pettigrew and Sharon Mallman, published by Adventure Publications, Inc., Cambridge, MA; part of the Watchable Wildlife Series by Watchable Wildlife, Inc.
Watchable Wildlife, Inc., an independent nonprofit working with communities across North America, promoting a better understanding of the real value of their wildlife and remaining wild places; listing natural locations to view wildlife throughout the eight regions of New Jersey—Ridge and Valley, Highlands, Metropolitan, Piedmont, Atlantic Coast, Pine Barrens, Lower Delaware, and Cape May.

New Jersey’s Environments: Past, Present, and Future
by Neil M. Maher, published 2006 by Rutgers University Press.
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 an ecological paradox that makes New Jersey important for understanding the relationship between Americans and their natural world. Historians, policy-makers, and earth scientists use a case study approach to uncover the causes and consequences of decisions regarding land use, resources, and conservation. Nine essays consider topics ranging from solid waste and wildlife management to the effects of sprawl on natural disaster preparedness. This book documents the innovations and compromises created on behalf of and in response to growing environmental concerns in New Jersey, all of which set examples on the local level for nationwide and worldwide efforts that share the goal of protecting the natural world.

Protecting New Jersey’s Environment: From Cancer Alley to the New Garden State
by Thomas Belton, published 2010 by Rutgers University Press.
Through a series of gripping accounts organized by geographic area, Thomas Belton considers key environmental issues in New Jersey and champions the ways common citizens have sought justice when faced with unseen health threats. With people as its focus, Protecting New Jersey’s Environment explores the science underpinning environmental issues and the public policy infighting that goes undocumented behind the scenes and beneath the controversies.

A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History
by Lynne Cherry, published 1992 by Harcourt Brace.
Award-winning children’s book (ages 6-12) detailing the true story of the history, the polluting and the clean-up of the Nashua River.

Salt Marshes: A Natural and Unnatural History
by Judith Weis and Carol Butler, published 2009 by Rutgers University Press.
Salt Marshes provides a clear, wide-ranging, nontechnical explanation of salt marshes that will engage readers at every level of knowledge. Coastal residents, biology students, environmental planners, consultants, and naturalists should read this book.

The Vanishing New Jersey Landscape
by Clem Fiori, published 1994 by Rutgers University Press.

Whispers in the Pines: A Naturalist in the Northeast
by Joanna Burger, published 2006 by Rutgers University Press.
A series of delightful trips through the Pine Barrens. From the Albany Pine Bush, the Long Island Barrens, and the New Jersey Pine Barrens in the Northeast, to the pinelands of South Carolina and Florida, Joanna Burger describes in lively detail how these habitats have come to harbor such a unique assemblage of species.

Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State
by David H. Wheeler, published 2011 Rivergate Books.
"Wild New Jersey proves that in many places and in so many ways, New Jersey is still the ‘Garden State.’ And the Wetlands State, the Woodlands State, the Beach State and more. Once you read this book, don't be surprised if you find yourself going straight to the nearest outdoors adventure, whether it be boating and birding the Meadowlands, hiking the Appalachian Trail or exploring the Pinelands." — Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper

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