Report: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Moves to Expand Supawana Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor

A rough outline of the land the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reportedly in talks to acquire for the Supawana Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Salem. Screenshot via Google Maps

PENNSVILLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is reportedly discussing an acquisition of an additional 182 acres of land next to Salem County’s Supawana Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, according to NJ.com’s Matt Gray.

The land in question is currently owned privately. It’s located near the Port of Salem in the southeastern part of the Supawana Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Right now, the land consists of undeveloped, unused wetlands and marsh.

If the federal government acquires the additional 182 acres of land, the area will be open for public use for activities like hiking, hunting, fishing, and nature observation/photography. All public use of the area would have to adhere to the refuge management’s existing rules and guidelines.

The wildlife refuge currently spans more than 3,000 acres on the Delaware River in Pennsville Township. Neighboring property owners of the proposed acquisition area were notified of the news in a letter from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, according to NJ.com.

“Acquisition of this land will help maintain an undeveloped space for wildlife and will help ensure air and water quality into the future,” the letter, which was written by refuge manager Brian Braudis, said, according to NJ.com.


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