Lenape Farms Wetlands Restoration
Project Summary: Lenape Farms was farmed until 1945, when a group of private families purchased the property and converted it into a fishing, hunting, and forest management. The property was acquired by NJDEP in 2012 and is currently managed by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. The 17.43 acre project consists of three elements; 1) 7.1 acres of emergent wetland restoration adjacent to Gibson’s Creek, 2) 5.3 acres of Atlantic White Cedar Swamp restoration and management, and 3) 5.03 acres of vernal habitat including pools, scrub-shrub wetlands/uplands, wet meadow and grassland. Design elements included the enhancement, restoration, and creation habitat for vernal species including pine barrens tree frogs, wood turtle, and other interior dwelling species such as Barred Owl, Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp Shinned Hawk and others. The project will yield 17.43 acres of restored and permanently protected habitat, which will be managed in perpetuity by NJDEP within Watershed Management Area 15.