In this last official week of summer, it is worth reflecting on the time that summer traditionally allows for being with family and enjoying the outdoors.
Some of my fondest memories are of summers growing up in New Jersey on my family's farm. When I wasn't stuffing myself with our concord grapes, I spent hours on a tree overhanging the Black River. Catching fireflies in a mason jar to light my room at night was the essence of summer, as was falling asleep listening to the tree frogs outside my window.
I am now especially glad that my grandchildren are enjoying many of these same activities in the same rolling hills and forests of New Jersey. To pass on those natural treasures we all cherish has always been my biggest motivator when developing environmental policy, especially in a state like ours with such diverse natural features. From the Pine Barrens to the Jersey Shore, and the Appalachian Trail to our state's numerous historic sites, there is so much to do and see outside in New Jersey.