Teens planted 400 trees in Pinelands preserve. ATV riders ripped them apart days later, official says.

Pinelands trail

AVALON ZOPPO / NJ.COM – A group of teenagers spent hours in the Pinelands last Thursday planting hundreds of trees to help maintain habitat for endangered wildlife.

By Monday, Twisted Tea bottles and a heap of burnt trash replaced the pretty scene at the Bucks Cove Run Preserve in Pemberton Township, Burlington County.

It was clear ATV drivers had destroyed the saplings, said Jason Howell, stewardship coordinator at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, which spearheaded the volunteer project with YMCA of the Pines. Huge off-road vehicle tire tracks were on the ground, some up to 40-inches wide, he said …

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