: LIttle Egg Harbor Protects Maritime Forest

LIttle Egg Harbor Protects Maritime Forest

Little Egg Harbor, NJ has received help to preserve what's left of its maritime forest.  

At one time most of the Ocean County shore area  was covered with maritime forest.  But development in Manahawkin and Little Egg Harbor, NJ started fast and furious in the 60's and much of this integral part of the Jersey Shore ecosystem was lost.  These forests are an important stop for migratory birds, and a natural barrier during storms and hurricanes.  

Perhaps the largest preserved maritime forest in Ocean County, NJ is found at Island Beach State Park.  On Long Beach Island, the protected area around the Barnegat Light House has a 1/5 mile walk through what's left of the maritime forest there.  

Long Beach Island Maritime Forest  .

Now, through the efforts of the Little Egg Harbor Natural Lands Trust Advisory Committee, the Ocean County Freeholders and the Trust for Public Land, these 46 pristine acres, which were once slated for 73 new homes, are protected.
Little Egg Harbor, NJ Protected Maritime Forest
It's located  off Radio Road on the southern tip of Ocean County and surrounded by both residential development and thousands of acres of protected tidal wetlands in the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and the Great Bay Wildlife Management Area.
Little Egg Harbor, NJ .

The total purchase price for this 46 acre tract on Osborn Island in Little Egg Harbor was $3.5 million.

Comment balloon 3 commentsLaura Giannotta • October 27 2009 07:52AM


Dear Laura,

Thanks for the great post highlighting this amazing park. This looks like a great place to go hiking and nature watching!

Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) over 9 years ago

It's always good to see preservation of these wonderful areas of nature. Looks like a great place to take a walk.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

The preservation of these lands make an impact that many of us don't even realize. 

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 9 years ago