U.S. Fish & Wildlife
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is an agency of the federal government within the U.S. Department of the Interior dedicated to the management of fish, wildlife, and natural habitats. The mission of the agency is “working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.”
One of these places is the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in nearby Morris County. Established in 1960, the refuge encompasses 7,768 acres of varied habitats. The Great Swamp is a migration-resting and feeding area or permanent habitat for more than 244 species of birds. The major routes of birds migrating along the eastern portion of the United States follow the corridor that includes the Great Swamp as an important stopping place for rest and nutrition.
Groundwork Elizabeth has fostered a relationship with the Great Swamp through our Urban partnership which is determined to foster an understanding of wildlife, increase the awareness of ecological issues, promote conservation practices in natural outdoor spaces and the urban communities of Union County. It is our goal with the Great Swamp