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Zampella, R. A. and C. T. Roman. 1983. Wetlands protection in the New Jersey Pinelands. Wetlands. 3:124-133. (Summary)

In this paper, we described the major wetland types of the New Jersey Pinelands (Pine Barrens), the New Jersey Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan’s wetlands management program (wetland regulations), and the Plan’s land allocation program as it affects wetlands. We also reviewed the manner in which the regulations have been implemented. The major Pinelands wetland types include Atlantic white cedar swamps, hardwood swamps, pitch pine lowlands, inland and coastal marshes, and shrub dominated wetlands (bogs). The land allocation program, which directs growth to management areas based on the environmental quality and sensitivity to degradation that they exhibit, has the most significant regional effects on the preservation of Pinelands wetlands. With exceptions, the wetland regulations prohibit development on wetlands and require that a buffer area be established between a proposed upland development and any adjacent wetland. From November 1980 to May 1984, 37% of 327 private sector development applications involving wetland issues were found to be inconsistent with the wetlands regulations, 59% were consistent, and 4% received waivers from the regulations. Wider buffers were generally required in the higher-quality and more-sensitive growth-management areas.

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