The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been awarded funding to protect a rare plant that can be found growing in South Jersey.
The state DEP received a $250,000 federal grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Cooperative Species Conservation Fund, to acquire land along Cumberland County’s Cohansey River to preserve and protect swamp pink.
Swamp pink is a member of the lily family and is primarily found in New Jersey, but has become an endangered plant species over the years due to pollution, wetlands draining, erosion and sedimentation.
The land up for acquisition has been confirmed as a critical habitat for swamp pink, which officials say is a positive sign of a healthy ecosystem.