Atlantic White Cedars in the New Jersey Pine Barrens
This is the second of a two-part post on the strangely beautiful Atlantic White Cedar swamps in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. As stated in my previous post, these trees grow in dense swamps by the sides of waterways and play a vital role in filtering water and protecting the riverbanks from erosion. They are also the reason the waterways in the Pine Barrens are the same brown color as tea.
Dead Cedars Bad Beavers
When beavers dam a waterway the cedars along the banks die due to the higher water level their dams create. Macabre stands of dead cedars can be seen beside many rivers and creeks in the Pine Barrens. Because Atlantic White Cedar wood is so durable the dead trees will stand for years.
Morning fog brings an almost mystical nature to these swamps.