Known as the "Everglades of Central Jersey" the 1,240-acre Dismal Swamp Conservation Area is the largest natural area remaining in northern Middlesex County, spanning portions of Edison, Metuchen and South Plainfield. The Dismal Swamp serves as a natural oasis holding United States Environmental Protection Agency Federal Priority Wetlands. The Dismal Swamp is home to over 175 species of birds, and two dozen species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles, as well as a dozen threatened and endangered species, such as the American bittern, bald eagle, and spotted turtle. The Dismal Swamp also provides natural flood control, while its forests produce oxygen, and its wetlands clean and purify water.
Unfortunately, not all of the land in the Dismal Swamp is protected and much of it is at-risk for development. Help us preserve the remaining open space in the Dismal Swamp for the families of Middlesex County, not developers!
For more information visit NJDismalSwamp.org.
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