Cape May National Wildlife Refuge Expands

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The Nature Conservancy and various partners have come together to protect the largest privately owned property in Cape May County.

The Nature Conservancy, with the help of various partners — including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Green Acres Program and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service — has officially acquired a 477-acre land parcel that will now be protected from being developed or used for sand mining.

The conservation organization purchased the land for more than $1 million and it was immediately turned over to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to be added to the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.

Officials say the preservation of this land will provide outdoor recreational opportunities for residents while providing important habitat for wildlife and preserving the environment.

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