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Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Takes Back Nature While Preserving a Piece of the Past

Region 5, June 19, 2013
Old house and barn to be torn down.
Old house and barn to be torn down. - Photo Credit: n/a
Staff starting the Demo of the house.
Staff starting the Demo of the house. - Photo Credit: n/a
Site after the restoration of the area.
Site after the restoration of the area. - Photo Credit: n/a

Great Swamp NWR recently restored 6 acres of habitat by tearing down a few old structures on the refuge. The old house and barn that was torn down was in disrepair and a safety issue for many years. After a historic review to determine the importance of the building it was deemed that the fire place mantel as well as a built in bread box from the fire place was removed and preserved for later display on the refuge. Great Swamp NWR staff were assisted by Wallkill NWR staff and the Friends of Great Swamp for this true team effort to restore habitat on the refuge.
Seventy-two tons of materials were taken to a land fill while 1.5 tons of metal was recycled and taken to a scrap yard where the Service was reimbursed $200.00.
The site has been stabilized and restored using a native warm season grass mix and there is a long term plan to plant native trees and shrubs to fully restore the 6 acre site.

Contact Info: David Sagan, (973)425-0215 x-116, david_sagan@fws.gov