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The Pine Barrens: A Legacy of Preservation; Photographs by Richard Speedy

On March 3, 2013, Morven presented Governors Brendan Byrne and Jim Florio, John McPhee, author of The Pine Barrens, Michele Byers of New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and Carleton Montgomery of Pinelands Preservation Alliance, at Princeton University’s McCosh Hall for a fascinating discussion on the Pinelands preservation efforts. This panel discussion, moderated by Michael Aron of NJTV, explored the history of the Pine Barrens, including Governor Byrne’s unprecedented and controversial executive order of 1979, which halted development in the Pines, as well as anecdotal stories from those intimately associated with this history.

Featuring the photographs of Princeton native Richard Speedy, this exhibition captures the unique beauty of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. This show also explores the history of Pine Barrens’ preservation and New Jersey Governor (and Morven resident) Brendan Byrne’s unprecedented use of the executive order to halt development in the Pines and the ongoing efforts of groups like the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

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