New Jersey Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area Swamp Marsh Wetlands
New Jersey Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area Swamp Marsh Wetlands

TRENTON, New Jersey – -( The state of New Jersey honored Ducks Unlimited with the 2019 Directors Award for the protection and improvement of thousands of acres of wetlands throughout the state.

David Golden, acting director of New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, named Ducks Unlimited the recipient of the award for its leadership on the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management restoration project in Cape May County, and for assistance with land acquisition across New Jersey.

“This $1 million project restored habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds including the 1,000-acre Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area,” Golden said. “Ducks Unlimited has been a long-term partner with the Department of Fish and Wildlife on wetland and waterfowl protections in New Jersey.”

Ducks Unlimited added new infrastructure to Tuckahoe and enhanced 941 acres in 2017. This project gave habitat managers the tools they need to control water levels, encouraging healthy vegetation for migrating waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species of waterfowl.

Tuckahoe and numerous other projects are part of Ducks Unlimited’s Southeast New Jersey Coastal Initiative, established in 2013 to protect, restore and enhance critical coastal wetland habitat in Delaware Bayshore and the Atlantic Coast of New Jersey.

The initiative has already protected, restored or enhanced more than 7,600 acres of coastal wetlands. The third phase has started, a $4 million effort to protect or enhance an additional 1,772 acres.

Jim Feaga, Ducks Unlimited regional biologist in New Jersey, is proud of the award because of the partnerships required to benefit wetlands on a large scale.

“Ducks Unlimited greatly appreciates this recognition,” Feaga said. “Wetlands conservation takes a lot of resources, expertise and money. We couldn’t do this without the support of the New Jersey Division of

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