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HUNTERDON COUNTY PARKS AND PROGRAMS IN THE NEWS!!

HUNTERDON PARKS AND RECREATION TO RECEIVE BOY SCOUTS ARROWHEAD DISTRICT AWARD FOR VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreations has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Friends of Hunterdon Arrowhead District Award for offering exceptional virtual programming for residents, Freeholder John E. Lanza announced at the October 20th Freeholder meeting.

Lanza, the Board’s Parks liaison, said, “Being recognized for this BSA District Award, especially during unprecedented times, exemplifies the commitment our Parks and Recreation Division staff have for their role in the county. This year has seen our county parks closed, programs either cancelled or being switched to a virtual format and being able to retain quality programs, in spite of those challenges, is a daunting task.”

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SPOTTED LANTERNFLY

The newest concern in our area is the Spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect native to southeast Asia that was first detected in Berks county, PA in 2014, but now is spreading quickly.  Although the name suggests it is a fly, it is really a planthopper.  The adult lanternfly can hop a long way, especially when jumping from high in a tree.  But the primary way it moves long distances is by effectively “hitchhiking” in every part of its life cycle, from eggs to adults, attaching itself to vehicles, trains and other forms of transport. 

Egg masses are putty-colored and hard to detect, and can be found on almost any flat surface.  Consequently, the lanternfly has been carried many miles beyond the quarantine zones in PA, DE, MD and NJ, and has the potential to turn up in almost every state in the country.

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EMERALD ASH BORER

The emerald ash borer (EAB) was discovered near Detroit in 2002, probably on solid wood packing material.   It is spreading to everywhere that ash trees grow, including New Jersey.   Every ash tree that is not treated will be killed by this pest.  Many already have been. 

The most obvious symptoms of the presence of EAB in an ash tree is what is often called “bark blonding”, the removal of strips of bark by woodpeckers attempting to feed on the EAB larvae in the tree.   By the time this symptom is visible, it is usually too late to treat.  Infested trees are often killed within a year or two after infestation.

The EAB also leave “D-shaped” exit holes as the adults emerge in the spring.  These are often hard to see, and often look like holes left by other, less harmful, insects.

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Space TreeNJ CLEAN COMMUNITIES
3RD ANNUAL DELAWARE RIVER  CLEANUP

September 19, 2020

Due to COVID-19 we are asking for groups of 6 to 10 people to adopt a clean up area along the river. The groups must be comprised of people who have already been spending time together such as family groups, scout groups, church groups, sport teams, work groups etc. Supplies will be provided.

PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Each group must consist of at least 6 people, and will need to designate a leader who is able to meet with the cleanup organizers, (either virtually or in person), to learn about specific cleanup locations details and safety protocols of the cleanup.

Each group will work in a separate location; registration times will be staggered for social distancing purposes.

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Space TreeDRIVE-IN CONCERTS AT SOUTH COUNTY PARK

Thursdays, July 30, August 6, and August 13, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation announces free summer drive-in concerts and free fall drive-in movies at South County Park.

The concerts will be held on Thursdays, July 30, August 6, and August 13, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Concerts will be drive-in style with music being transmitted to your car radio. Performing on July 30 is Jake’s Rockin Country Band; August 6, Asbury Fever (Bruce Springsteen tribute band); and August 13, Hunterdon Symphony. Hunterdon Symphony is also being sponsored by funds from the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Some may remember the old drive-in theater days at the South County Park. In addition to the drive-in concerts, we invite you to return to your childhood and revisit the drive-in movie. We will show two movies on crisp fall Saturdays, one on September 26 (Playing With Fire (2019), and one on October 10 (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).

None of these events will feature food vendors.

Parking for all events will be limited and first-come first-served. No pre-registration.

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For more information on Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation, please call us at (908) 782-1158, email us at parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us, or visit our website at http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/parks.htm.

 

Space TreeVIRTUAL SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS

July 13 to August 13, 2020
10am to 10:45 am
Designed for Elementary School Age, but anyone can join!
FREE!

Come explore the out-of-doors for Free! Experience nature with interactive education. Each program will entice children to venture into the wonderful world outside and intrigue all to explore nature.

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For more information on Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation, please call us at (908) 782-1158, email us at parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us, or visit our website at http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/parks.htm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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