Prescribed burn in Galloway Township, New Jersey

In the 20th century, the once vast forests of the New Jersey Pine Barrens were vanishing. In 1979, a controversial ban on over-development was signed into law by Governor Byrne, saving over a million acres in a new Pinelands Preserve. But today, the Pinelands face new threats from climate change and fire suppression. This revealing documentary examines how people are learning new ways to collaborate with nature in order for these forests to survive.

Interviews include Forester Bob Williams, NJ Audubon Vice President of Environmental Stewardship Kristen Meistrell, Stockton University Professor of Environmental Science Matthew Olson, Paleontologist and Geologist Kenneth Lacovara, Landowner Bill Haines, Architect Thomas Wong, and Artist Maya Lin.

Keeping the Pinelands premiered in 2023 on NJ PBS, where it can now be streamed. For screenings, contact

Keeping the Pinelands is a production of PCK Media for NJ PBS.