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Honey bees, state parks, and other New Jersey facts | Albright

NJ.com logo NJ.com 6/30/2020 By Joseph Albright, nj.com
a group of people standing around a bench with a dog: There are 32 public areas in New Jersey designated as state parks. These include: Liberty State Park in Jersey City, with 1,212 acres. © Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal/Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal/nj.com/TNS There are 32 public areas in New Jersey designated as state parks. These include: Liberty State Park in Jersey City, with 1,212 acres.

Historically speaking, did you know that:

State Archives: The State Archival Repository and Research Center in Trenton is one of the oldest state institutions, going back more than three centuries.

State Bug: As the most densely populated state in the country, what creature could be more appropriate than the most social bug, the honey bee? It was designated the official state bug in 1974.

State Forests: The preservation of forested land in New Jersey began in 1896.

State Geological Survey: Founded in 1835, The New Jersey Geological Survey is one of the oldest surveys in the United States. Over time, its services expanded to include water resource planning and regulatory functions.

State Library: The New Jersey State Library, the primary library for the state government, was established in 1796 to serve the information needs of New Jersey’s governor, Legislature, courts, and residents.

State Museum: One of the oldest state museums in the nation, the facility in Trenton was the first of its kind with an educational mission. The state legislature passed a museum law in 1895.

State Parks: There are 32 public areas in New Jersey designated as state parks. These include: Liberty State Park in Jersey City, with 1,212 acres.

State Police: The State Police of New Jersey was established on March 29, 1921, with headquarters in West Trenton.

State Legislature: New Jersey has always had a bicameral legislature, going back to the 1776 constitution. This covers the General Assembly and the State Senate.

Joseph Albright’s column appears on Thursdays in The Jersey Journal.

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