New Jersey Projects

Click one of the stars on the map below to read more about the state's featured projects. Or click the names of the color-coded Priority Areas in the key to learn more about GLARO's conservation focus. The blue dots represent one or more conservation projects on which DU has worked. Project information comes from annual state Conservation Reports, available in our Resource Library.

New Jersey by the Numbers (as of 01/01/10)

  • Total acres conserved: 11,304
  • Technical assistance acres: 10,522
  • Amount spent on projects: $3,894,702
  • You can find additional statistics on New Jersey's state fact sheet.

New Jersey projects map Delaware Bay New York Bight Lower Susquehanna Upper Chesapeake New England Supawna Meadows NWR Wading River Hackensack Meadowlands

Meet New Jersey's Biologist

Kurt Anderson: Biologist, DE & NJKurt Anderson has worked for DU since May 2007. Initially a conservation intern at the Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office in Ann Arbor, Mich., he assumed the role of biologist for Delaware and New Jersey in October of that year. Kurt holds a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University and has a diverse array of experience working with conservation partners, private landowners and stakeholder groups. He aided in the development of Michigan's Revised Wolf Management Plan, facilitated white-tailed deer focus group meetings and studied waterfowl nesting ecology in the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota. Kurt is an avid bird hunter and outdoor enthusiast.

Kurt Anderson
Annapolis Office
34 Defense Street, Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401

Meadowlands study complete

Matt DiBona, DU graduate student at the University of Delaware, has finished his study of waterfowl food availability in the Hackensack Meadowlands in northeastern New Jersey. Matt found that seeds and invertebrates are the main food source available to waterfowl there, and that more food is available in tidal habitat versus tidally restricted habitat. More specifically, tidal wetlands have three times more seeds available in fall and seven times the invertebrate biomass in spring when compared to restricted sites.

Hackensack Meadowlands
Harrier Meadow, Ducks Unlimited's most recent wetland restoration project in the Hackensack Meadowlands

Matt's work demonstrates that the Meadowlands is rich in waterfowl food and suggests that the area theoretically is capable of supporting more ducks throughout the migration and wintering seasons than are currently using it. Restoring tidal hydrology to restricted wetlands, removing stands of Phragmites and restoring native vegetation would be of great benefit to waterfowl, and will be a focus of DU restoration efforts in the Meadowlands and coastal New Jersey for years to come. Thanks, Matt!

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DU improves water management, fulfills need at Supawna Meadows NWR

The water control structure at Lighthouse Road in Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was is in a state of disrepair when Ducks Unlimited was flagged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to help. The failing structure required trained divers to manage water levels several times a year and often caused flooding across the roadway during unexpected storm events. In 2007, DU remedied the situation by surveying, designing and installing a new water control structure that requires less intensive maintenance and management. It also is able to handle a larger storm event, which will help prevent flooding on the road. With better water control, habitat for waterfowl and wildlife at Supawna Meadows NWR can be managed more efficiently, less expensively and with a lower flood threat to Lighthouse Road.

Supawna Meadows water control structure
The new water control structure at Supawna Meadows NWR will enable water level manipulation for improving wildlife habitat.

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Restoring coastal New Jersey: Cupped and committed at Wading River

DU partnering with NJDFW, CWF to restore 13-acre wetland in Burlington County

In 2005, Ducks Unlimited was approached by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (NJDFW) and asked to provide technical assistance on two state-owned impoundments on the former Petrecca property, along the Wading River in Burlington County. Water control structures within the 5- and 8-acre emergent marshes were either defunct or nonexistent, making water level and habitat management impossible. Increased erosion along the dike and the uncontrolled encroachment of the highly invasive Phragmites resulted.

Ducks Unlimited is playing a pivotal role at Wading River via the planning, design and delivery of the restoration project. A recently completed topographical survey will provide DU engineers the information they need to create a site plan and select a contractor. The Conserve Wildlife Foundation (CWF) and NJDFW have secured the necessary permits and allocated funds for construction. Both will continue to serve as collaborators until the project's completion in fall 2008.

Once finished, these wetlands will maximize NJDFW's ability to manipulate water levels and increase the amount of high-quality habitat on site. Wading River will be managed to provide aquatic invertebrates for the spring migration needs of shorebirds and black ducks. What's more, Wading River is New Jersey's first hunting area designated specifically for use by disabled and youth hunters.

Wading River
Failed water control structures are helpless against tidal fluctuations at Wading River. Work scheduled for 2008 will restore food resources needed by migratingshorebirds and waterfowl.

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