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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The New Jersey Field Office serves the State of New Jersey by protecting endangered species, supporting Federal planning, abating contamination, and partnering with landowners to restore wildlife habitats.

Rufa red knot recovery plan
The Service has proposed critical habitat for the threatened rufa red knot. The critical habitat proposal is available for public review and comment at under docket number FWS- R5-ES-2021-0032. Comments must be received winthin 60 days, on or before September 13, 2021.
See the rufa red knot website for more details.

Rufa red knot recovery plan

A public comment period is open through July 12, 2021 on a draft recovery plan for the rufa red knot. The plan provides the framework for efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serivce and many partners to recover the rufa red knot under the Endangered Species Act.

Monarch Conservation

On December 15, 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the monarch butterfly is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Visit to learn more about this announcement and how you can help this iconic spcies.

bog turtle

pond mussel

Plant Protection Strips.

Burnt Mills Dam Removal

Burnt Mills Dam Removal, Lamington River, NJ
In a project designed to improve the health of the Lamington River, the Service has worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA) to remove the remains of the Burnt Mills Dam located near Bedminster and Branchburg, New Jersey. The project will improve migration and aquatic habitat for native fish and wildlife, as well as decrease streambank erosion which has had negative impacts on the water quality of the lower Lamington River and has threatened the integrity of nearby roads and properties. Trout Scapes River Restoration of Bozeman, Montana, the project contractor, will realign the river channel to its historic configuration after removing the dam, which will further reduce the risk of local flood events. The $250,000 project is the result of four years of planning, and is being paid for by the NRCS, the Service, and the RHA. The Service also provided technical expertise in fish passage engineering, permitting, and construction.
Last updated: July 14, 2021
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