State Of New Jersey Awards Ducks Unlimited For Wetlands Conservation Efforts

New Jersey Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area Swamp Marsh Wetlands
New Jersey Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area Swamp Marsh Wetlands

TRENTON, New Jersey – -( The state of New Jersey honored Ducks Unlimited with the 2019 Directors Award for the protection and improvement of thousands of acres of wetlands throughout the state.

David Golden, acting director of New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, named Ducks Unlimited the recipient of the award for its leadership on the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management restoration project in Cape May County, and for assistance with land acquisition across New Jersey.

“This $1 million project restored habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds including the 1,000-acre Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area,” Golden said. “Ducks Unlimited has been a long-term partner with the Department of Fish and Wildlife on wetland and waterfowl protections in New Jersey.”

Ducks Unlimited added new infrastructure to Tuckahoe and enhanced 941 acres in 2017. This project gave habitat managers the tools they need to control water levels, encouraging healthy vegetation for migrating waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species of waterfowl.

Tuckahoe and numerous other projects are part of Ducks Unlimited’s Southeast New Jersey Coastal Initiative, established in 2013 to protect, restore and enhance critical coastal wetland habitat in Delaware Bayshore and the Atlantic Coast of New Jersey.

The initiative has already protected, restored or enhanced more than 7,600 acres of coastal wetlands. The third phase has started, a $4 million effort to protect or enhance an additional 1,772 acres.

Jim Feaga, Ducks Unlimited regional biologist in New Jersey, is proud of the award because of the partnerships required to benefit wetlands on a large scale.

“Ducks Unlimited greatly appreciates this recognition,” Feaga said. “Wetlands conservation takes a lot of resources, expertise and money. We couldn’t do this without the support of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and the other partners of the Southeast New Jersey Coastal Initiative, who are champions of wetlands conservation.”

Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 17,000 acres of wetlands in New Jersey alone, and more than 14 million across North America.

State Of New Jersey Awards Ducks Unlimited For Wetlands Conservation Efforts
State Of New Jersey Awards Ducks Unlimited For Wetlands Conservation Efforts: From left: Ray Szpond, Jr., president of New Jersey Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs; Jim Feaga, regional biologist for Ducks Unlimited in New Jersey; David Golden, acting director for New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Wetland habitats are crucial to more than just wildlife habitat. They protect against erosion, curb flooding, improve water quality and refill groundwater. But New Jersey wetlands face challenges on two fronts. New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the United States and nearly 40 percent of its historic wetlands have been lost.

Offshore, rising sea levels mean increased damage to coastal habitats from extreme weather events, which will affect natural resources for generations.

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  • 4 thoughts on “State Of New Jersey Awards Ducks Unlimited For Wetlands Conservation Efforts

    1. @Jim…That’s right, the sea level has risen 400 feet since the last ice age. And we will have another one in the future, no doubt. Sunken cities, or should I say flooded cities, have been found off Japan, India, Cuba, and the list will go on as more discoveries are made. What we have to be concerned about is the oxygen level in our air. Core samples from the ice fields show that the percentage of oxygen has been dropping in the past few hundred years. We need more trees !

      1. No one really knows how old the Sphinx in Egypt is, but the rock wall surrounding part of it shows much water erosion. That area was lush at one time, thousands of years ago, possibly before the last ice age. The Earth climate is always in flux throughout the ages, just like the land which rises and falls, creating mountains, valleys, and flatlands. And as dust and meteors fall on the planet from space, the Earth itself gets larger, which will also have an effect on the weather. And the prevailing thoughts about the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids, is that they were built by an ancient civilization that was destroyed. They were there when the Egyptians arrived, and the Egyptians just moved in. They could be as old, or older than, the Bosnian Pyramids, or the Pyramids in China. Not many people know that there are at least 3000 known pyramids on Earth of varrying shapes and sizes. The White Pyramid of China is 3 times bigger than the biggest one in Egypt. The Chinese like to keep it a secret.

    2. Rising sea levels really. Can anyone define and explain what the Bimini Road is? Sea levels have been rising since the last ice age. Global warming/Climate change has gone on for millennia. Suckers!

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