Building a Stronger Coast
Shorebirds at Cape May National Wildlife Refuge - USFWS

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge

Location: Cape May Courthouse, NJ


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Resil Shield

Project: Restoring Coastal Marshes in National Wildlife Refuges

Location: New Jersey

Project Type: Resilience

Funding awarded: $15,000,000

Project Summary

Increase protection of communities along 60 miles of coastal New Jersey by supporting and strengthening natural buffers. Restore and enhance salt marshes as critical natural defenses which support the communities, and protect the associated social, economic and recreational values of the New Jersey shore.

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Resil Shield

Project: A Stronger Coast - Three USFWS Northeast Region National Wildlife Refuge Projects to Increase Coastal Resilience and Preparedness

Location: Regional

Project Type: Resilience

Funding awarded: $2,060,000

Project Summary

The three projects included in this study are intended to identify vulnerabilities and strengths of over 70 miles of shoreline at coastal refuges, assess the integrity of over 30,000 acres of coastal marsh that protect adjacent shorelines and help preserve the species they support.

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Recovery hammer

Project: Provide Backup Power -Generator, Solar and Electrical Improvements

Project Type: Recovery

Funding awarded: $686,591

Project Summary

This project will provide backup and solar photovoltaic power to the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Supply reliable ancillary power sources to FWS buildings
  • Utilize renewable (solar) electrical systems where possible

Project Benefits

  • Ensures reliable backup power to facilities during emergency outages
  • Reduces annual utility bills for FWS facilities, saving taxpayer dollars
  • Reduces FWS facilities' carbon footprints

Additional Details

This project is one of many regionally planned electrical upgrades to facilities at National Wildlife Refuges and other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stations. Hurricane Sandy and previous storms have knocked out power to headquarters, visitor centers, maintenance buildings, staff housing and supporting structures including garages and visitor restrooms. Outages have damaged sensitive electronic equipment, disabled heating and cooling and resulted in burst frozen water pipes. Equipping buildings with backup generators will enable them to weather outages more effectively and serve as resources for their communities for communications and emergency coordination efforts. In addition, stations equipped with photovoltaic solar panels will see their dependency on off-site power grids reduced or eliminated. Solar power systems will also reduce facilities' carbon footprints and save taxpayer dollars through reduced utility bills.


Recovery hammer

Project: Repair Two Mile Beach Boardwalk Trail and Adjacent Habitat

Project Type: Recovery

Funding awarded: $47,500

Project Summary

This project will repair damage to a beach boardwalk trail and adjacent habitat at the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Restore staff and visitor access
  • Restore habitat for migratory birds

Project Benefits

  • Restores staff and visitor access
  • Mitigates public safety concerns
  • Restores habitat for piping plovers and other shorebirds

Additional Details

Hurricane Sandy damaged the Two Mile Beach boardwalk trail and harmed nesting habitat for piping plovers, which are threatened with extinction along the Atlantic coast. The trail is unsafe for visitors and wildlife. The service will repair boardwalk supports and planks and rebuild the sand part of the trail; reset interpretive signs at the trailhead and along trail; repost trail area that is open to visitors and re-mark areas closed as wildlife habitat. Debris left by the storm will also be removed.

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Last updated: December 12, 2014