Located in the central pinelands of southern New Jersey, the Mullica River drains the largest and most pristine watersheds in the Pinelands. Habitats adjacent to the river include mixed upland forest, primarily dominated by pitch-pine (Pinus rigida) and forested wetland composed of Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides). Tidal salt and brackish marshes dominate the area

Ornithological Summary

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

Conservation Concern - State-threatened: Bald Eagle (W)

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

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

Significant Migrant Stopover/Flyover-Landbirds (SM)

Conservation Issues

Nonpoint sources of pollution from nearby intense development and human activities have degraded the water quality of the Mullica River and its associated estuarine system. Point and nonpoint source pollution should be limited especially in the upper regions of the river. The common reed (Phragmites australis), is also a problem at this site.

Ownership

The site is owned by both private individuals and the State of New Jersey.

Habitat

Tidal marsh, mixed upland forest and nontidal marsh

Land Use

The site is primarily a wildlife management/natural area within the New Jersey Pinelands Preservation region. There is still some active cranberry farming as well as recreational activities on portions of the site.

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