Important Bird Areas

Bass River Marsh

New Jersey

Bass River Marsh is located north of Port Republic and bordered by the Mullica and Wading Rivers to the southwest and to the east by Bass River State Forest (SF) and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). This site includes the fresh and saltwater wetlands of the lower portion of Bass River and forms an arm of the Mullica River Estuary. Portions of the site are contained within Edwin B. Forsythe NWR and Bass River State Forest while a significant land base remains in private ownership. Bass River Marsh is recognized as a globally significant important bird area by National Audubon for supporting Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows.
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Ornithological Summary

Conservation Concern - State-endangered: Northern Harrier (B)

Conservation Concern - State-endangered: Bald Eagle (B)

Conservation Concern - State-endangered: Peregrine Falcon (B)

Conservation Concern - State-endangered: Black Skimmer (B)

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Salt Marsh/Wetland: Salt-marsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Marsh Wren, Willet, Osprey, Clapper Rail. (B)

Conservation Issues

Although sections of the Bass River Marsh are protected as part of Edwin B. Forsythe NWR and Bass River SF, development pressure on privately-owned land and recreational overuse are potential threats. Invasive species, including the common reed (Phragmites australis), have also reduced the habitat value of these marshes for many wildlife species. Protection of publicly and privately-owned lands should occur through regulation, acquisition and restoration.

Ownership

Site has mixed ownership - private individuals, the State of New Jersey, and the federal government.

Owned By: Bass River State Forest
762 Stage Road
Tucketon, NJ
08087

Habitat

Mixed and coniferous forest; tidal and nontidal wetlands

Land Use

The primary use of the site is for wildlife management and natural areas. Secondary uses include recreation/tourism activities, and residential development.