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New Jersey’s People Of The Woods

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Meg follows up on a viewer tip about “the people of the woods”.  This is a community of people in Browns Mills, New Jersey where some have lived deep in the woods for as long as 20 years.  Meg had to first gain the people’s trust before they would take her on a tour of their community among the trees. 

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