The new issue of Appalachia journal visits New Jersey’s lowlands, where I grew up from age 4 to 18, and where my father’s ancesters go back to pre-Revolutionary War. I am the editor-in-chief of Appalachia. Trail experts Ron Dupont and Paul DeCoste yell at us to wake up and face the fact that New Jersey saved more open space than most states. Thoreau scholar Will Howarth peers out at Mount Lucas near his Princeton house and wonders why a Midwesterner stayed there so long. Princeton native John McPhee serenades zip code 08540’s intensity. Read some excerpts here.

My column, “The Long Way Home,” bemoans the trampling on remote Owl’s Head in the White Mountains. Biologist Jeff Fair, a longtime Appalachia regular, analyzes the struggles of the common loon on northeastern lakes. Sandy Stott ponders the financial collapse from deep within the Green Mountains.

If you walk, trudge, or run through the mountains or lowlands, like to read about mountaineering around the world and scientific research in the backcountry, if you explore rivers and ponder the reasons nature draws us in, you will like Appalachia.

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