Pinelands Commissions approves clearing around Bass River fire tower

  • Source: Burlington County Times
  • Published: 04/15/2019 12:00 AM

The New Jersey Pinelands Commission will allow the Department of Environmental Protection to clear cut more than a dozen acres of nonnative trees to improve the views from a fire tower in Bass River State Forest. The commission voted 10-1 Friday to permit the trees’ removal after initially rejecting the application last year amid debate over whether the clearing is necessary and whether video cameras and other technology could be used to detect fires. The DEP had argued that some 3,000 nonnative pines had to come down in order to keep the fire tower functional. The trees were planted in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and have now grown over 90 feet high, obstructing the views from the tower to the north, east and south.


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