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Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (NJ) badly damaged

 
lar55
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Nov 05, 2012 18:49 |  #1

For those who have visited and photographed at this wonderful wildlife refuge in Atlantic County, NJ: the refuge was significantly damaged in the recent Sandy storm, and is closed to the public indefinitely.

The loop road, Wildlife Drive, was crested by water, and big chunks are now missing. The pools are apparently open to the bay now, so I assume they lost water level and salinity control.

Possibly worse, though, is that 'dozens' of boats - including motor boats with oil/gasoline - and other junk washed up onto the refuge's 50 miles of shore. One of their pictures shows an oil tank in the reeds. Their statement says they have to do 'extensive assessments' - including spill control - before they can estimate repair times.

Official website with statement here: http://www.fws.gov/nor​theast/forsythe/ (external link)

Photos here: https://www.facebook.c​om/ForsytheNWR/photos_​stream (external link)




  
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Nov 11, 2012 12:25 |  #2

That's too bad




  
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Nov 22, 2012 21:47 |  #3

Update: Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (NJ) badly damaged

The refuge is now partly open. The hiking trails are open, and you can walk to the boardwalk and Gull Pond Tower. No cars are allowed past the parking lot, and no entry at all (including on foot or bike) to the Wildlife Drive loop road. The road is blocked at the very start (see pic below), and on the other side where the hiking trail ends. (You can walk the trail to the end, then walk back along the road, for example.)

The area around the big pools, where most of the shore birds hang out, is closed - that was the damaged part. The damage is not visible from anywhere you are allowed to go, not even from the top of the tower. (If you want to go take pictures of the damage, don't bother.) Hours reduced to 9am-4pm, with no entry fees.

(Locked gate, FIVE signs, and construction fencing on the sides. Think they mean the road is closed?)

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