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  1. New Jerseyans Overwhelmingly Support Fishing & Hunting! ______________________________________________________________________________ It's true. Approval of fishing is highest at 87% followed by hunting at 66% and then trapping at 45%. This is great news for environmental stewardship and conservation. It is especially encouraging since not all New Jerseyans participate in these activities... but, impressively, support them! Who says? Well, I am sure New Jersey's 650,000 to 800,000 anglers, hunters and trappers would be boastful, but we admit to our bias. So, we will instead rely on the findings of the research firm Responsive Management. "Responsive Management is an internationally recognized public opinion and attitude survey research firm specializing in natural resource and outdoor recreation issues. Their mission is to help natural resource and outdoor recreation agencies and organizations better understand and work with their constituents, customers, and the public." According to their website, "Responsive Management has conducted more studies on more hunting-related issues in more geographic locations than any other organization in the world." This firm also has "extensive experience in the use of quantitative and qualitative research on fishing and fisheries management issues and has conducted more studies on different fishing topics in more geographic areas than any other organization." Some additional information you might find of interest: Hunting (Nationally) Responsive Management research indicates that support for hunting and fishing has remained strong over the past decade with approximately every 3 out of 4 Americans approving of legal hunting. In 1995, 73% of Americans approved of hunting, 75% approved in 2003, and in 2006, 78% approved of hunting. Responsive Management's 2006 study shows that 11% moderately disapprove and 11% strongly disapprove of hunting Women & Hunting According to research from the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), women's participation in hunting and shooting sports increased significantly in the past 5 years with more than 3 million women hunting in 2005. In 2001, the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation reported 1.2 million female hunters age 16 years old and older. Fishing (Nationally) Recreational fishing is one of America's most popular and universal outdoor recreational activities. According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, nearly 30 million Americans 16 years old and older went fishing in 2006. The percentage of Americans who have ever fished during their lifetime shows that at least a little experience with fishing is nearly universal: 83% of Americans indicate that they had fished as a child, and 71% had fished at least once since the age of 16. Feel free to visit Responsive Management's website to learn more: http://responsivemanagement.com/index.php Also, visit the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance website for additional information: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/justthe/facts.html Anglers, hunters, trappers and all conservationists should be satisfied with knowing that New Jersey supports us! ______________________________________________________________________ Anthony P. Mauro, Sr Chair New Jersey Outdoor Alliance New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Conservation Foundation New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Environmental Projects "We've got your back!" ________________________________________________ JOIN NJOA: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/support/njoa.html
  2. DEP Transition Team Report Available _________________________________________________________________________ I'd like to thank each of you for your involvement in the 2009 gubernatorial election. I'm confident that the prominent role the outdoor community played in helping to elect Governor Christie resulted in our concerns becoming highly visible, which led to our involvement in the Department of Environmental Protection Transition Team (as represented by the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance.) This representation was helpful in bringing attention to a DEP that often overlooks or undervalues the conservation aspects of our natural resources. The final report from the DEP Transition Team can be found at the link that follows. See page 17, Note #5, "Natural Resource Stewardship" for the suggestions regarding natural resources. (copy and paste to your browser) http://www.state.nj.us/governor/news/repor...0Protection.pdf Thank you, again, for your involvement in the political process and for contacting legislators and "getting out the vote." Our political involvement is bringing attention to the importance of natural resource conservation, fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation. Congratulations. Anthony P. Mauro, Sr Chair New Jersey Outdoor Alliance New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Conservation Foundation New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Environmental Projects "We've got your back!" ________________________________________________ JOIN NJOA: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/support/njoa.html
  3. Forestry Stewardship Bill Poised to Be Signed Into Law __________________________________________________ ___ The NJ Legislature took a major step forward in passing a piece of forest stewardship legislation that the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance has been supporting along with other conservation organizations. The Governor is expected to sign the bill into law. STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM APPROVED BY ASSEMBLY (TRENTON) The measure (A3239) and (companion bill S713) would direct the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to establish a forest stewardship program for owners of forest land who prepare forest stewardship plans for five acres of land or more. Under the bill, plans would be required to meet the rules and regulations of sustainability, list the owner's long term stewardship goals for the forest land and the annual activities that will be implemented in the forest. The bill also would direct the DEP to: * Establish a cost share incentive program, "New Jersey Forest Stewardship Incentive Program," if funds are appropriated or otherwise made available for the support and funding of such a program, the DEP would award grants to local government units, non-profit organizations, and private owners of forest land to help subsidize their costs in implementing stewardship activities. * Create a forest stewardship advisory council * Prepare a report every seven years based on these forest sustainability criteria and indicators, with the first report required by February 1st of the third year following the date of enactment. The bill would further provide that no local government unit may enact, on or after the date of enactment of this bill into law, any ordinance, rule, or resolution, as appropriate, that conflicts with, prevents or impedes the implementation of a forest stewardship plan or impose a fee in excess of $100 in any calendar year for the cutting of trees on any land that is the subject of an approved forest stewardship plan. This bill would amend the "Landowner's Liability Act," which provides general liability protection to landowners (as well as lessees and occupants of the lands) under certain circumstances for defined sport and recreational activities including hunting, fishing and trapping. However, current law removes that protection when permission is granted in exchange for payment such as a fee or lease agreement. This bill would remove this inhibition on lands where the landowner is implementing an approved forest stewardship plan and the use of the forest land for sport or recreational activity is consistent with the plan for sustainability. Anthony P. Mauro, Sr Chair New Jersey Outdoor Alliance New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Conservation Foundation New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Environmental Projects "We've got your back!" ________________________________________________ JOIN NJOA: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/support/njoa.html
  4. Book about New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Now Available __________________________________________________ ________________________ A few months ago I created a thread that I was publishing a book that included the story of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance. The book is now available. It is called "Color the Green Movement Blue: A Remedy for Environmental Health." (Section Two is devoted to the story of the NJOA.) ' About the book "Color the Green Movement Blue: A Remedy for Environmental Health" is an attempt to systematically remedy environmental health by means of establishing a culture of ecology, which is founded on an understanding of ecological relationships, the precepts of conservation and a blue-collar value system. A blue-collar value system is key to establishing a culture of ecology-it includes acknowledging and studying the higher order (God or Mother Nature) inherent in the design and workings of ecosystems, participation in the hands-on activities of angling and hunting to gain a facility with the concept of conservation and unionizing conservationists into a grassroots coalition to advance common interests through political activism. I call this approach to environmental health "blue-collar conservation" and its undertaking coloring the green movement blue. "Section One: The Philosophical Eye" unlaces the ties that bind us to the world's ecology. To engage in philosophy is to investigate a truth, and there is an element of rebellion in truth seeking. "The Philosophical Eye" is my own uprising against a "green movement" that has lost its way-a movement that labors to "preserve" a thing in the name of environmental good in spite of there being no such invention as preservation in the natural world. It is also my attempt to explain and promote "blue-collar conservation" as a viable means of attaining environmental health and to show how this practice can be used to establish core values for environmental awareness. Core values are key aspects of guiding societal conduct and can be used to develop a culture of ecology; an authentic method of environmental stewardship. "Section Two: The Founding of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance." This section tells the dramatic story of the NJOA. It is an organization that puts into practice that which is preached in section one. It is the chronicle of the blue-collar conservationist engaged in grassroots political activism. The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance is an endeavor that takes both philosophical and pragmatic principles of conservation and introduces them to the public and legislators by means of education. Conservation education is the basis for advancing sound environmental policy. ' "Section Three: Metaphorically Speaking" is a compilation of stories that give sweet reprieve from the thinking in sections one and two, but convey the essence of why hunting and fishing are important to blue-collar conservation. Stories are a wonderful form of expressing a thing in ways that can denote another, and the academic calls this "metaphoric language." It is one thing to learn by formal education and entirely another to glean from one's experience. "Section Four: Odds and Ends" is this middle-aged man's hodgepodge, which adds depth and relevance to the matters contained in this book. Science has proven that the courses of treatments can extend in many different ways. "Color the Green Movement Blue: A Remedy for Environmental Health" is merely one of these ways. Some common questions Q: Where can I buy the book? Barnes & Noble onlineNOTE: B&N is offering a special introductory price!!! http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearc...t+blue&box= color%20the%20green%20movement%20blue&pos=-1 Amazon online http://www.amazon.com/Color-Green-Movement...tmm_pap_title_0 The book has just been released and so there will be more places to buy the book in the upcoming weeks. Q: Are you trying to make money for yourself from this book? A: I wrote and self published the book, which means I paid for all expenses to have the book produced and printed. I have not received any advance monies for writing the book. Q: What will you do with any proceeds from sales of the book? A: There is little chance that book sales will cover the finances needed to publish the book, in other words, the book will most likely be a financial loss. However, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance for each book sold. This arrangement was agreed to by the officers of the NJOA. Q: Why did you write the book if you know you are not going to make money? A: I enjoy writing and the story of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance is compelling. The genesis for the NJOA began long before the dramatic events that led to a political uprising by anglers, hunters and trappers that defeated two animal rights legislators. It is a story that begins with an understanding of the critical role conservation plays in creating and maintaining healthy ecosystems. Q: Are you trying to self-promote? A: I am trying to promote an understanding of the difference between conservation and the preservation philosophy of the modern day green movement, the latter of which is slowly suffocating nature. The book is also meant to show the benefits of angling and hunting as they relate to environmental stewardship and to detail the importance of the unionizing conservationists to educate the public and legislators about the damage being done by animal extremists and preservationists. It's that simple. Q: Do you have ambitions to run for public office? A: No Q: Do you get paid for being Chairman of the NJOA? A: No. The NJOA is an all volunteer organization and nobody is paid. In fact, we do not reimburse ourselves for travel or any other expenses associated with the performance of our duties. Q: Is there anything else we should know? A: Yes. I'd like you to buy the book, read it and become involved in promoting the outdoor experience and to participate in environmental stewardship. Ideally, I'd like readers to come to the realization that they, too, are committed to the principles and mission of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance. Anthony P. Mauro, Sr Chair New Jersey Outdoor Alliance New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Conservation Foundation New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Environmental Projects "We've got your back!" ________________________________________________ JOIN NJOA: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/support/njoa.html
  5. Congratulations to the outdoorsmen and outdoorwomen of NJ for all of their hard work and support for Gov elect Christie. As a result of your efforts conservationists will have representation on the Transition New Jersey sub-committee for Environmental Protection, which is chaired by Hon. Marcia Karrow. Well done! http://dancirucci.blogspot.com/2009/11/chr...nounces-more-co ... Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Christie Announces More Committee Members New Jersey Governor-Elect Chris Christie announced today additional members of the Transition New Jersey sub-committees, including Environmental Protection... These sub-committees will conduct a top to bottom review of their respective government department and agency. Environmental Protection Chair, The Honorable Marcia Karrow Former State Senator, 23rd District John Abene President, Delphi Energy Peter deNeufville Chairman, Voltaix, L.L.C. Anthony Mauro, Sr. Chairman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance David Pringle Campaign Director, New Jersey Environmental Federation Steve Santola, Esq. Executive Vice President/General Counsel, Woodmont Properties John Spinello, Jr., Esq. Former Associate General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Edward Walsh President, The Walsh Company Anthony Slimowicz Director, WCD Capital Partners, LLC John Trela, Ph.D. Former Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection Rhea Brekke Executive Director, New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology Tony Monteiro CEO, Dynamic Insurance Inc. John Sartor Exectuvie Vice President, Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor, LLC Joseph Riggs Group President, K. Hovnanian Homes Bruce Katcher, Esq. Partner, Manko Gold Katcher & Fox LLP
  6. The meaning of "grassroots" is "pertaining to, or involving the common people." Grassroots is not like anything else in politics. Today's major political movements tend to ignore the grassroots and focus almost exclusively on the use of media to gather winning support at the polls. But "grassroots" efforts are needed if we are to make enduring improvements to society. Grassroots is a testimony to what we can do when we "get involved." During the past two months the officers of the NJOA; Ed Markowski, Pete Grimbilas, Jerry Natale and Cory Wingerter, along with countless volunteers, traveled the length of the Garden State to speak at sportsmen's clubs, hand out flyers at retail stores and talk with customers at bait & tackle shops in an effort to rally the common people and bring attention to the decaying condition of New Jersey's outdoors. Their efforts ended with the Rescue Our Outdoor Rally (R.O.O.R.), an initiative that highlighted the need to reverse the trends that are weakening the condition of our forests, waters, fish and wildlife. It was also a forum for Mr. Chris Christie to announce his commitment to reverse these trends. So, I'd like to thank all of you - the common people - for being involved, for your efforts to get out the vote and for caring enough to make a difference. Change does not come easy and the election of Mr. Chris Christie as New Jersey's next governor is only the first step in many that we will need to take in order to improve the condition of New Jersey's outdoors. As we take these steps and encounter challenges we now have a history of success to look back on for inspiration. In 2007 we, the "common people," voted two state legislators opposed to fishing and hunting out of office and two pro-outdoor legislators into office in District 12. In 2008 we unified to elect Congressman John Adler to federal office. Now, in 2009, we helped to elect the next governor of New Jersey - Mr. Chris Christie. Again, thank you. There are 650,000 anglers, hunters and conservationists in NJ. Our numbers are nearly 30% of the people who voted in yesterday's election! We can control the future of conservation in New Jersey - in fact, we have already begun. Anthony P. Mauro, Sr. Chairman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance: "We've got your back!" JOIN NJOA: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/support/njoa.html
  7. We've spent the last three weeks providing as much information as we could about why Election Day is important to those who enjoy fishing and hunting. We've shown how oversight is in a state of decay, we've watched how those opposed to our values are taking political control and slowly stripping us of our freedoms, we've also watched as the health of our forests erodes. Before our eyes we see science being replaced with emotion for the management of fish and game, we've been introduced to confusing new terms such as "over-fished;" a word that is used to close down fisheries even when there is an abundance of fish. Anglers, hunters and conservationists are being regarded by some in political positions as insignificant - even though we are in the majority. We are treated as if we damage the environment when we are in fact true environmental stewards. Our apathy has allowed those that oppose us attain positions of power and influence over us. Today, Election Day, we have a chance to make a difference. We have a chance to show we are the majority. We can assert that we are environmental stewards and that we should be recognized as such. Those who differ with our values and detest our way of life have publicly announced their endorsement of Governor Corzine. On the other hand, Mr. Chris Christie has stated in ads, speeches and one-on-one conversations with anglers, hunters and conservationists that he understands the value of our love and respect for the outdoors. I'll end my 2009 election information with the following quote from someone many of us have depended on for snippets of advice since we were children: Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting. ~Dr. Seuss What are we waiting for? The future is ours for the taking. If you agree, send this to as many people as you can today. Seize the day. ` Ant
  8. Humane Society Legislative Fund Supports Jon Corzine for Governor ' The Philadelphia Animal Advocate Examiner reports that Humane Society Legislative Fund supports Jon Corzine for governor. ' "Incumbent Governor Jon Corzine has a clear history of animal advocacy." ' "The Humane Society says "Corzine's running mate for Lieutenant Governor, state Senator Loretta Weinberg, has been one of the leading advocates for animal protection in the New Jersey legislature." ' Regarding Jon Corzine, "Most notably, he worked with the Department of Environmental Protection to stop the controversial trophy hunting season on New Jersey's small population of black bears..." ` (Complete article at link below) ' http://www.examiner.com/x-1513-Philadelphi...friendly-for-NJ _____________________________________________________________________ , League of Humane Voters ("527" PAC), headed in NJ by Ms. Angi Metler, endorses Governor Corzine. (See NOTE on Ms. Metler below.) The following links show endorsements and animal advocacy of League of Humane Voters. http://www.lohvnj.org/endorsements.html http://lohv-nj.blogspot.com/ http://www.lohvnj.org/about.html http://www.lohvnj.org/chapters.html NOTE: The Anti-Defamation League described as the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, has profiled Ms. Metler on its website under the heading "Extremism in America: Eco-terrorism." The ADL lists her as a press officer of the Animal Liberation press Office a position that speaks on behalf of the actions of extreme and militant animals rights groups as the Animal Liberation Front. Ms. Metler also heads New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (now called Animal Protection League NJ.) (More information at the following links.) http://www.adl.org/learn/extremism_in_amer...date_041210.htm http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/animalrig...ucksterism.html ________________________________________________________________
  9. Diversion of Sea Life Protection Funds Threatens $42 Mln Industry Senator Marcia Karrow, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, said the Corzine administration has quietly taken $850,356 from shellfish protection funds as the state’s budget crisis has worsened. The transfer of these dedicated funds was not authorized in the budget passed by the Legislature and threatens to shut down an industry that provides jobs well beyond the Jersey Shore, Karrow said. “The diversions threaten to kill desperately needed jobs in the state’s $42 million shellfish harvesting industry during one of the worst recessions in history,” Karrow said. “This idiotic move was made by a governor who keeps trying to persuade the public that he job creation is his top priority.” The Atlantic City Press has reported that some of the diverted funds are used to ensure that no shellfish are harvested from polluted areas. Without certification that harvested clams and oysters are not be taken from polluted areas, the federal Food and Drug Administration will not allow the sale New Jersey shellfish, fishermen say. “The New Jersey shellfish industry generates $42 million in annual revenue for fishermen and estimated $250 million in economic benefits for the state,” Karrow said. “The Corzine administration should have never diverted this money, even if it did have the legal authority to do so without the Legislature’s approval.” Karrow urged the treasurer to restore the money to the shellfish protection funds and to stop taking money that can’t be diverted without legislative approval. “The governor can’t make up for his failed fiscal policies by ignoring the law,” Karrow said. The Atlantic City Press story is below: ____________________________________________________________________________________ Clam bed patrol loses New Jersey funds By RICHARD DEGENER Staff Writer, 609-463-6711 | Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2009 | ATLANTIC CITY - New Jersey's shell fishermen are concerned cutbacks in state funding for marine enforcement could jeopardize their ability to get their clams and oysters to market. State Division of Fish and Game Director David Chanda told the state Marine Fisheries Council recently that his department's shellfish program lost $850,000 in funding for the fiscal year budget that began July 1. Some of the that money would have funded the DEP's patrols of clam beds. The Food and Drug Administration re quires the patrols; without them, the FDA may not approve the shipping of New Jersey shellfish to out-of state markets. "It's a grave concern for us right now. (DEP) Commissioner (Mark) Mauriello wasn't able to stop it. We, like most everybody else in state government, are reacting to less resources," Chanda said Sept. 3. The patrols cover back-bay areas to make sure shellfish are not taken from polluted waters. The FDA's approvals for interstate shipping, however, would apply to all shellfish, including ocean clams and even Delaware Bay oysters that are taken from waters that carry no pollution concerns. "The (state) treasurer's office already came and took the money. It went to the general fund. We're actively trying to get the funds reinstated, or at least get them back for the coming year," said Scot Mackey, a spokesman for the Garden State Seafood Association. Most shellfish harvested in New Jersey, Mackey pointed out, are shipped out of state. Atlantic City's ocean clamming industry, which harvested 35.3 million pounds of quahogs and surf clams last year worth more than $24 million, ships most of the product out of state for processing. The same is true at other clam docks in the state, including Point Pleasant and the port of Cape May-Wildwood. The majority of the hard clams caught in the inland bays, an industry worth at least $8 million per year, and Delaware Bay oysters, a $3.6 million-per-year business, also are shipped across state lines. Todd Reeves, of Harbor House Packing in Port Norris, Cumberland County, sends Delaware Bay oysters all over the country. Reeves said they couldn't sell this year's harvest, expected to be about 80,000 bushels, just in New Jersey. "It would be crippling to the whole industry. You might as well just pull the plug on this town," Reeves said. The oyster boats here employ about 100 men, Reeves noted, and there are also jobs in the packing plants and loading docks. "It's a trickle down. The mechanic, the welder. There's nothing else for people to do around here," Reeves said. Mackey said the shellfish business is worth more than $42 million per year in New Jersey, and this is just the money paid to fishermen. He said the value is multiplied six times as the product is processed and other businesses cash in on the economic ripple effect of the industry. "That's $250 million as it goes through all the processors, canners, shippers and everybody," Mackey said. The association is stressing that the money generates state tax revenue, including sales and income taxes. State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, said the state needs to protect fishing jobs and can't allow tax revenues to be lost, which he noted is leading to "raiding of funds" from some programs to begin with. "At a time of declining revenues we can't allow policies to be implemented that reduce revenues further," said Van Drew. Waters known to be polluted are broken down into low-, medium- and high-risk zones with the number of required patrols based on the risks. Darlene Yuhas, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the state is currently meeting "the minimum basic level of compliance" for the patrols. Assistant DEP Commissioner Amy Cradic said the FDA assesses the program every year and has pushed for more patrols. Cradic said in spite of the cuts the state would continue to meet the FDA requirements. "These are tough budget times. We recognize the importance of the industry, and if we need to prioritize funding we will do what is necessary. We're meeting the basic level of compliance and we meet annually with the FDA to make sure we are meeting that mandate," said Cradic. FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Kwisnek said that if a state falls out of compliance, an action plan is worked out to meet the mandate. Kwisnek said taking away shellfish transportation approval is rare but she noted it would apply even to shellfish caught in other states but shipped through New Jersey. While it would apply to all clams and oysters, Kwisnek said with scallops it would only apply to those shippped in the shell or the roe of scallops. Sea scallops are the No. 1 catch in New Jersey but most are shucked at sea and only the meat is shipped. Kwisnek these would not fall under the program. Chanda said the division's inland programs might not be as hard hit because they have dedicated funding from hunting and freshwater fishing licenses. The marine programs do not have dedicated funding and those funds were cut. "There's obviously going to be an impact on our programs including habitat restoration, law enforcement and clamming work," Chanda said. Ocean clams, including surf clams and ocean quahogs, used to be processed in New Jersey but other than one processing plant in Millville, Cumberland County, most are now shipped to factories in the south. The industry for years has blamed strict DEP requirements for driving clam-shucking plants out of state. Hard clams, which are caught in the bays, are in demand at the New Jersey shore in the summer months, but most are shipped to New York, Philadelphia and other markets the rest of the year. While all catches of ocean clams are logged, reporting requirements for bay hard clams are not as strict; a 2000 study indicated that the $8 million-per-year industry is underreported by at least half.
  10. R.O.O.R. Rally Results A 25 year veteran of New Jersey's political establishment said, "It was the most legislators that I every saw at a sportsmen event and I was proud to be a part of the rally." Another observer stated, "There were as many people in attendance at the R.O.O.R. as were at the rally held by the Vice President of the United States for Governor Corzine - and that rally had no threat of rain." One person noted, "I think R.O.O.R. should be an annual event." For those of you unable to attend, there were 8 legislators from both the democrat and republican parties in attendance. There were a total of 15 guest speakers (including legislators) - experts in their fields. They discussed bear policy, open space, commercial gear on the reefs, the state of New Jersey's dwindling quail habitat, poor forestry practices and the sea bass closure. The legislators thanked the outdoor community for their support and recognized their contributions towards environmental stewardship. The turnstile counter totaled 689 attendees - each of these people defied the rain and made the trip to New Egypt to show their commitment to change the eroding condition of angling, hunting and forestry in New Jersey. On behalf of all of the volunteers of the NJOA - I thank you for your dedication. You are helping to ensure the future viability of our natural resources and helping to guarantee that we have access to them. Of course, special guest speaker Mr. Chris Christie was the highlight of the day. He reiterated his commitment to the anglers, hunters and conservationists of New Jersey. He happily had his picture taken with the hundreds of people who patiently waited in line and reached out to shake every outstretched hand. Mr. Christie has been vocal about his support for the outdoor community during his campaign speeches, statements on his website and with me personally. In May of 2009 he attended a NJOA council member meeting to address the concerns of fishing, hunting, diving and forestry clubs. So, thanks to all of you who were with us in New Egypt or who were with us in spirit. We'll soon be posting pictures on our website so be sure to visit our Home page at: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org Anthony P. Mauro, Sr. Chairman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance: "We've got your back!" JOIN NJOA: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/support/njoa.html
  11. The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato One of the most conservative figures for the number of anglers, hunters and conservationists in New Jersey is 650,000. In terms of a potential "voting bloc" this number is approximately 15% of the voters in the entire state. It is an enormous number of potential voters and can be a politicians dream - or worst nightmare. The outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen of NJ have the power to shape the future to fit their conservation interests, all we need to do is show Trenton that we CARE and that we VOTE. We can do both of these things in the next few weeks. We can show we CARE by attending the R.O.O.R. Rally this Saturday. Let the rally be YOUR message to be heard in Trenton. Also, VOTE on November 3, 2009. Take Plato's advice - he understood the high price that is paid for apathy. Attend R.O.O.R. and vote on November 3rd. Read how it's being dismantled under "Conservation Report Card." http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/chairmans...ndorsement.html Attend R.O.O.R. - it will reflect your commitment to the outdoors! Tell Trenton you've had enough. ' R.O.O.R. and be heard! ` Rescue Our Outdoors Rally Saturday, October 24, 2009 * 2:00PM New Egypt Speedway * Free Admission! 720 Pinehurst Rd, Rt. 539 New Egypt, NJ 08533 Music, Food, Fun, Vendors: Bring the family!! ` Guest speakers to include: Chris Christie Get Directions to the Rally by [ clicking here ] Visit our link to learn more about the rally: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/where/res...doorsrally.html Visit our link to review the dismantling of our outdoor interests: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/chairmans...ndorsement.html Rain or shine! We'll see you on the 24th! Anthony P. Mauro, Sr. Chairman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance: "We've got your back!" JOIN NJOA: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/support/njoa.html Get Directions to the Rally by [ clicking here ]
  12. R.O.O.R. - A Family Event The R.O.O.R. rally is a family event. There will be a DJ, concession stands and the kids will have a real treat when they meet "Roory" the NJOA lion mascot. While we're on the subject of "treats" the New Egypt area (site of the R.O.O.R. rally) offers some great family fun for after the rally. There's pumpkin picking, a local winery, Great Adventure, retail outlets, affordable restaurants and much more. Just Google the New Egypt area for "Things to do." So, bring the family! Let them see that you care about securing THEIR future to fish, hunt and conserve the great outdoors. Let them be a part of a grassroots effort to show Trenton that the outdoors is important to THEM! Give them the chance to meet "Roory" and our next governor, Mr. Chris Christie. Then, after the rally, treat the family to a fun time in the New Egypt area. Read how YOUR FAMILY'S outdoors is being dismantled! Read our "Conservation Report Card." http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/chairmans...ndorsement.html Attend R.O.O.R. - it will reflect your family's commitment to the outdoors! Tell Trenton you've had enough. ' R.O.O.R. and be heard! ` Rescue Our Outdoors Rally Saturday, October 24, 2009 * 2:00PM New Egypt Speedway * Free Admission! 720 Pinehurst Rd, Rt. 539 New Egypt, NJ 08533 Music, Food, Fun, Vendors: Bring the family!! ` Guest speakers to include: Chris Christie Visit our link to learn more about the rally: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/where/res...doorsrally.html Visit our link to review the dismantling of our outdoor interests: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/chairmans...ndorsement.html Rain or shine! We'll see you on the 24th! Anthony P. Mauro, Sr. Chairman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance: "We've got your back!" JOIN NJOA: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/support/njoa.html
  13. Thanks B-Reel. While there are those saying it isn't going to happen just look around at how we are losing our control over conservation policy (fishing, hunting forestry, etc) at the state and fedarl levels by the very people that you say I worry too much about. I am commenting on what IS occuring - as well as what might occur. Ant
  14. It's more than a rally; it's OUR stand for the future prosperity of angling, hunting and all forms of conservation. It is a future that was given to us by past generations - by people like Teddy Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold and many more. Will we make the same pledge to our descendants? How will we be remembered by posterity? Will it be for fighting to preserve access to the great outdoors - or will history record that OUR generation turned its back on those that followed? Attending the R.O.O.R. Rally is OUR generation's statement about OUR commitment to fishing, hunting and the principles of conservation. OUR attendance will reflect the degree of obligation WE feel to the outdoors. It will be an HONEST measure of OUR commitment. It's not about the rally; it's about the future of angling, hunting and conservation in New Jersey. Will we allow our great outdoors to be dismantled by Trenton? Read how it's being dismantled under "Conservation Report Card." http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/chairmans...ndorsement.html Attend R.O.O.R. - it will reflect your commitment to the outdoors! Tell Trenton you've had enough. ' R.O.O.R. and be heard! ` Rescue Our Outdoors Rally Saturday, October 24, 2009 * 2:00PM New Egypt Speedway * Free Admission! 720 Pinehurst Rd, Rt. 539 New Egypt, NJ 08533 Music, Food, Fun, Vendors: Bring the family!! ` Guest speakers to include: Chris Christie Get Directions to the Rally by [ clicking here ] Visit our link to learn more about the rally: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/where/res...doorsrally.html Visit our link to review the dismantling of our outdoor interests: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/chairmans...ndorsement.html Rain or shine! We'll see you on the 24th! Anthony P. Mauro, Sr. Chairman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance: "We've got your back!" JOIN NJOA: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/support/njoa.html Get Directions to the Rally by [ clicking here ] If you no longer wish to receive e-mail from us, please click here.
  15. R.O.O.R. guest speaker Tom Fote, Commissioner to ASMFC and Legislative Chairman for NJOA, JCAA and the NJ State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, will speak about the closure of the black sea bass fishery and steps we can take to deal with this problem. Tell Trenton you've had enough. R.O.O.R. and be heard! ` Rescue Our Outdoors Rally Saturday, October 24, 2009 * 2:00PM New Egypt Speedway * Free Admission! 720 Pinehurst Rd, Rt. 539 New Egypt, NJ 08533 Music, Food, Fun, Vendors: Bring the family!! ` More guest speakers to be announced Get Directions to the Rally by [ clicking here ] Visit our link to learn more about the rally: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/where/res...doorsrally.html Visit our link to review the dismantling of our outdoor interests: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/chairmans...ndorsement.html Rain or shine! We'll see you on the 24th! Anthony P. Mauro, Sr. Chairman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance: "We've got your back!" JOIN NJOA: http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/support/njoa.html