Maurice River: An Important Part of the
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.
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
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.
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