Holgate Brochure

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Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge: Holgate Brochure

The Holgate Unit is located at the southern tip of Long Beach Island, New Jersey and has been a part of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge since 1960. It is about three miles long, and contains more than 400 acres of pristine barrier beach, dunes, and tidal salt marsh salt marsh
Salt marshes are found in tidal areas near the coast, where freshwater mixes with saltwater.

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. In 1975, Congress designated the area as a National Wilderness Area. Federal regulations prohibit the use of motor vehicles within wilderness areas; therefore, no motor vehicle use (driving or parking) may occur above the berm crest (see photo bottom left).

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Sea lavender (Limonium carolinianum) growing on the salt marsh.
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge protects more than 48,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats. More than 82 percent of Forsythe refuge is wetlands, of which 78 percent is salt marsh, interspersed with shallow coves and bays. The refuge’s location in one of the Atlantic Flyway’...
Grey, white and black bird on sand in the foreground

Size: 18 cm (7.25 in) in length. Color: Breeding season: Pale brown above, lighter below; black band across forehead; bill orange with black tip; legs orange; white rump. Male: Complete or incomplete black band encircles the body at the breast. Female: Paler head band; incomplete breast band....

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