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Post-Sandy debris cleanup to begin at New Jersey refuge

Sept. 18, 2013 - Hurricane Sandy left behind a 22-mile trail of debris in the fragile tidal marshes and woodlands of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. We have awarded an initial $4 million contract to Coastal Environmental Group, Inc. to clean up the debris and restore these environmentally sensitive coastal areas. The company is a small business based in New York that is committed to hiring subcontractors and laborers from communities local to the project area. “Forsythe refuge’s marshes buffered inland areas from the full brunt of Hurricane Sandy… we will clean and restore this vibrant and resilient stretch of coast to sustain wildlife and protect the people of New Jersey in the future,” said Refuge Manager Virginia Rettig.

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PHOTO: Boats aground and debris at E.B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey.
Credit: Greg Thompson/USFWS

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