Pine Barrens


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Pine Barrens

 (pīn)
A coastal plain region of southeast-central and southern New Jersey, noted for its sandy soil and its extensive forests of pitch pine, white cedar, and oak, formerly exploited for shipbuilding and charcoal burning.

Pine′ Bar`rens


n.pl.
the, a coastal region in S and SE New Jersey, composed of pine stands, sandy soils, and swampy streams. ab. 2000 sq. mi. (5180 sq. km). Official name, the Pinelands.
References in classic literature ?
If two strangers crossing the Pine Barrens in New York State, or the equally desolate Salisbury Plain in England; if casually encountering each other in such inhospitable wilds, these twain, for the life of them, cannot well avoid a mutual salutation; and stopping for a moment to interchange the news; and, perhaps, sitting down for a while and resting in concert: then, how much more natural that upon the illimitable Pine Barrens and Salisbury Plains of the sea, two whaling vessels descrying each other at the ends of the earth --off lone Fanning's Island, or the far away King's Mills; how much more natural, I say, that under such circumstances these ships should not only interchange hails, but come into still closer, more friendly and sociable contact.
{sterile grounds = the sandy "pine barrens" between Albany and Schenectady were notorious for their lack of scenic beauty}
It was a wild, forsaken road, now winding through dreary pine barrens, where the wind whispered mournfully, and now over log causeways, through long cypress swamps, the doleful trees rising out of the slimy, spongy ground, hung with long wreaths of funeral black moss, while ever and anon the loathsome form of the mocassin snake might be seen sliding among broken stumps and shattered branches that lay here and there, rotting in the water.
Think of The Sopranos' "Pine Barrens" episode, or that True Detective Season 1 stash house raid episode with a 20-minute unbroken cut.
New Jersey's tourism, Murphy adds, goes beyond its iconic shore and ranges from the "tree-lined hills at High Point, and the dense forests of the Pine Barrens," to "fishing for bass and trout in the Delaware River" or shopping and dining in historic downtowns.
Toussie, who was one of the largest owners of Pine Barrens Credits, just sold 41.6 of the credits and will offer two more credits at this month's auction.
Blueberry bushes thrive in areas such as pine barrens, bogs, and glacier-scoured clearings, in soil that's thin, sour, and bony.
PINE BARRENS Chris and Paulie endure a ridiculous black comedy chase of a crazed Russian special forces goon across a wintry forest.
"Haunted" is features nearly 300 hair-raising tales found everywhere, including: The devil rider of Chisholm Hollow; The ghosts of Sandy's Restaurant, Ventura, CA; The exorcism of Joan Crawford's former house; A ghostly encounter at Beverly Hill's Greystone Mansion; How to identify a poltergeist; Shamanic spirit guides; The medium Daniel Dunglas's Home and his clients Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Mark Twain, Napoleon III, the Empress Eugenie, Tolstoy, and other notables; The Bell Witch legend; and The Jersey Devil that haunts the Pine Barrens
Fish and Wildlife Service, Central Pine Barrens Commission, Brookhaven National Lab, New York State Parks, Suffolk County Parks, and NPS launched a suppression effort to improve forest health in at-risk areas.
Others, now considered classics, include Oranges (1967), Coming into the Country (1977), The Pine Barrens (1968), and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Annals of the Former World (1998).
I've also read John McPhee's Uncommon Carriers and The Pine Barrens. McPhee's attention to detail is amazing, but these are old books.