New Jersey State Parks: “Outdoors in the Garden State” 1937 US Deptartment of Interior

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New Jersey State Parks: "Outdoors in the Garden State" 1937 US Deptartment of Interior



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‘On New Jersey’s State parks. Reel 1 shows views of rivers, lakes, and other points of interest in Palisades Interstate Park, High Point Park, Watchung Reservation State Park. CCC men clear underbrush, cut dead limbs off trees, work on picnic grounds, and spray destructive caterpillars. Includes views of Jersey City. Reel 2 shows CCC men working on bridges and drains, painting, exercising, and engaging in other activities in South Mountain Reservation and in Parvin State Park. Includes views of the forest, lakes, streams, rustic bridges, and waterfowl. A CCC jazz band plays.’

Originally a public domain film from the National Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
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The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry manages a public park system which consists of over 50 protected areas designated as state parks, state forests, recreation areas, and other properties within the state of New Jersey in the United States. The agency also owns and manages 38 historical sites and buildings throughout the state (some located within the boundaries of state parkland) and also owns five public marinas and four public golf courses. These properties are administered by the Division’s State Park Service, founded in 1923. New Jersey’s state park system includes properties as small as the 32-acre (0.13 km2) Barnegat Lighthouse State Park to the 115,000-acre (470 km2) Wharton State Forest, the state’s largest. The state park system comprises 430,928 acres (1,743.90 km2)—roughly 7.7% of New Jersey’s land area—and serves over 17.8 million annual visitors…

New Jersey governor Edward C. Stokes established the Forest Park Reservation Commission in 1905 to protect forest land and create a system of park reserves within the state. At the commission’s meeting on September 12, 1905, the commissioners adopted the Salem Oak (of Salem, New Jersey) as a symbol of New Jersey’s parks. The commissioners acquired two tracts in southern New Jersey, near Mays Landing and along the Bass River, as the first state forest reserves. The Mays Landing tract was sold in 1916 after opposition from local officials and landowners made acquisition and expansion on adjacent lands impossible. The Bass River tract became the core of Bass River State Forest.[8] In 1907, the commissioners would also acquire 5,000 acres (20 km2) on Kittatinny Mountain near Culver’s Gap, supplemented by a gift from Governor Stokes, which would become the core of Stokes State Forest. The reservations, which by 1912 comprised 13,720 acres (55.5 km2) became sites for studying forests, reforestation projects, and scientific forestry. With the acquisition of a tract that included Swartswood Lake in Stillwater Township, the commission began developing parks for the purposes of recreation by providing boating, fishing, camping, and picnicking. In the Commission’s 1915 Annual Report, they stated “It is intended to make Swartswood a public playground. Boat liveries and picnic shelters to be maintained under proper control will make it available to a large number of people”. The Forest Park Reservation Commission was consolidated with other agencies into the Department and Board of Conservation and Development on April 8, 1915…

In 1923, the legislature authorized the creation of the State Park Service to administer the state parks and forests. New Jersey began to redirect its efforts from the development of these and other properties for recreational purposes instead of protecting or promoting the commercial potential of forested land. The state legislature established a commission to create a historic park along the Delaware River above Trenton, at the location where George Washington and Continental Army crossed the river… The park was officially dedicated and opened to the public on June 4, 1927. In the wake of World War I, state forester Alfred Gaskill proposed a new public park along Kittatinny Mountain, “as the State’s memorial to its sons who had made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War”. A few years later, Colonel Anthony R. Kuser donated his mountaintop estate at High Point (the state’s highest elevation) to the state for a public park with an additional gift of $500,000 to erect a granite-clad obelisk to honor veterans. Construction of the monument began in 1928 and was completed in 1930…

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