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Maurice River: An Important Part of the Atlantic Flyway

Capitalizing on a 1994 Nature Center Concept Plan, the National Park Service and Cumberland County, New Jersey, are assessing potential sites for a propsed nature center along the Maurice Scenic & Recreational River. The Maurice offers ideal conditions for a nature center, including its role as an important part of the Atlantic flyway for migrating birds. It also provides numerous pristine habitats that support endangered species. The 35.4 mile Maurice River system begins in southern New Jersey and drains the southwest portion of the Pinelands Natural Reserve, linking the Reserve and the Delaware River estuary.

The lush Maurice is an important stop on the Atlantic flyway for migrating birds, making it an ideal location for a nature center.

The nature Center would interpret the cultural and natural resources of the Maurice River and serve as a river access point for visitors. The river's comprehensive management plan completed by the National Park Service and its river partners in January 2001, suggests key ecological themes around which the Nature Center could develop interpretative programs and materials.

National Park Service Fund Feasibility Study

The National Park Service is helping to fund the feasibility study with a $30,000 allocation. The study will assess existing structures along the river to see if any have the right combination of location and architecture to house a nature center.

The idea of a nature center along the Maurice River has attracted the attention of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium and the N.J. Department of Fish, Game & Wildlife, creating additional opportunities to bring new partners into the nature center concept and planning process.

Last Updated:
July 18, 2008