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Highlands Archaeological and Historical Conference
The North Jersey Highlands Historical Society; the Inc. Orange County Chapter, NYSSA; and the Friends of Sterling Forest are hosting the 29th annual Archaeological and Historical Conference at the Lautenburg Visitors Center in Sterling Forest State Park located at 115 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo, New York on Saturday, October 24, 2015. For many years, this conference has also been supported by the Archaeological Society of New Jersey and the Lower Hudson Chapter, NYSSA.
Over the past five years the Highlands Region of New Jersey and New York has endured significant negative impacts to its natural and cultural resources. Most recently a gas company expanded its existing R.O.W. from the Delaware River to the Hudson River, destroying historic foundations and PreContact Indian campsites, trees, flora and habitats as trenches were dug to lay pipelines to transport “fracking” gas.
Just this past year, a proposal was made to build a major casino on forested ground adjacent to Sterling Forest State Park. Fortunately, this plan was defeated by vigorous citizen opposition and that opposition was informed by the type of data shared by speakers at free, public forums such as our annual conference.
Currently, the Pilgrim Pipeline Company is proposing to build a new oil pipeline from Albany, NY through the Highlands to Linden, NJ. Here we go again.
Groups such as our conference sponsors and others such as the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation work hard to protect our cultural heritage. Historical and archaeological research has few paths by which it reaches the public, yet it is the type of data the public needs to defend our resources. Please consider presenting a paper at this conference where the public and the experts network both information and personal contacts.
Please join us at this beautiful venue on Sterling Lake and share your knowledge and research. Your presentation should be limited to 25 minutes and may be illustrated in Power Point. Your support is needed and welcome. For twenty-eight years our conferences have been a place where information is exchanged, contacts blossom into alliances, and cultural resources acquire educated advocates. We look forward to your participation. The date, again, is Saturday, October 24th.
Please send me your title, abstract, organizational affiliation and a brief introductory biography via email. Questions? Call me at 973-835-0770.
Edward J. Lenik
Just the name "Pilgrim Pipeline" sets off alarm bells. Ed and his brother do good things and I hope he can help stop the wanton destruction.