Boyd’s Map of the Pines 2020: NJDEP Natural Heritage Priority Sites

 

Note: this page was created from data in the shapefiles available at “Natural Heritage Priority Sites in New Jersey”

 

The Natural Heritage Priority Sites Coverage was created to identify critically important areas to conserve New Jersey’s biological diversity, with particular emphasis on rare plant species and ecological communities. Using the Natural Heritage Database, the Office of Natural Lands Management (ONLM) has identified 343 Natural Heritage Priority Sites, representing some of the best remaining habitat for rare species and rare ecological communities in the state.

Although the primary focus of these sites is rare plant species and ecological communities, the DEP Endangered and Nongame Species Program also provided key information and assisted with the delineation of a number of the sites that encompass significant habitats for rare animals. These areas should be considered to be top priorities for the preservation of biological diversity in New Jersey. If these sites become degraded or destroyed, we may lose some of the unique components of our natural heritage.

 

The following 172 Natural Heritage Priority Sites are included in Boyd’s Map of the Pines 2020. Unfortunately, the data provided by NJDEP contains truncated descriptions of some sites.

 

Baseball Swamp Natural Heritage Priority Site

An occurrence of a state endangered, federally threatened plant species. The site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula, in a headwater tributary of Bidwell Creek. Communities include dry oak-pine forest, dry pine-oak forest, Cape May lowland swamp, and other hardwood swamps.

 

Batsto Natural Heritage Priority Site

Numerous exemplary globally rare communities and plant and insect species. The site contains numerous pine barren savannas and cedar swamps along undeveloped portions of the Batsto and upper Mullica rivers, and extensive pitch pine lowlands, pine oak, and oak pine forests in undeveloped portions of the watershed for the two rivers

 

Beagle Club Woods Natural Heritage Priority Site

Occurrence of a federally listed threatened plant species. Much of the plant has been impacted by storm-water flow. Extensive wooded swamp with spring seepage areas. Uplands directly to the west of the seepage areas are densely developed.

 

Bear Swamp Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains one excellent and one good example of a globally rare wetland natural community, a globally rare State Endangered animal, several additional State Endangered animals, and a number of rare insect species. The site contains two extensive hardwood swamp forests, Bear Swamp West and Bear Swamp East, with approximately 200 acres of old growth swamp forest and much adjacent undeveloped forest land.

 

Bluebird Branch Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains two subpopulations of a globally rare Federally-listed Threatened Plant Species. Streamside wetlands along Bluebird Branch and Town Swamp Branch of Mill Creek and surrounding forested uplands.

 

Bucks Avenue Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good occurrence of a federally listed threatened species, and a concentration of good quality, globally rare intermittent coastal plain pond communities. The site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula, at the headwaters and upper watershed of Goshen Creek. Communities include dry oak-pine forest, mesic coastal plain mixed oak forest, hardwood swamp (including some older growth stands)

 

Ancora Bogs Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a good population of a globally rare State-listed Endangered Plant Species. Abandoned cranberry bogs undergoing succession.

 

Archers Meadow Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good occurrence of a globally rare natural community, a State endangered plant species, a globally rare plant species, and other special concern plant species. A large vernal pond. Southern 2/3 dominated by coarse grass & sedges, northern 1/3 relatively diverse. NE side has newly dug pond & raised berm.

 

Atco Lake Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a good population of a globally rare State-listed Endangered Plant Species. Large recreational lake.

 

Fort Dix Line Natural Heritage Priority Site

One globally imperiled and one globally rare insect species; two globally rare plant species. Mowed boundary line 50 feet wide through pine upland, pitch pine lowland, cedar/maple streamlet swale.

 

Hospitality Branch Natural Heritage Priority Site

One globally rare plant species. Much of site is wet deciduous shrubby woodland with scattered small open natural bogs and larger abandoned cranberry bogs.

 

Hunters Mill Natural Heritage Priority Site

Outstanding occurrence of a State endangered plant species. An abandoned cranberry bog.

 

Atlantic Goose Ponds Natural Heritage Priority Site

High quality example of rare natural community, several globally rare plant species, and concentration of state imperilled plant and animal species. The site contains two large coastal plain intermittent ponds and adjacent oak-pine forest, pitch pine lowlands, and hardwood swamp forests.

 

Atsion Burn Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains the largest pitch pine lowland in the world and 4 globally imperiled insect and globally imperiled State Endangered plant species; two of which are excellent populations. Additionally, 5 globally rare plant and insect species are presen The site is a 2000 acre patch of pitch pine lowland that burned in a 1984 fire. In many areas the hot fire burned woody vegetation and the organic layer of the soil leaving bare sand exposed. Many rare grasses, sedges, and herbs have covered large portions

 

Atsion Recreation Area Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains an excellent population of a globally imperiled insect species, other globally rare insects, and one globally rare and one State Endangered plant species. The site contains forested pitch pine lowlands surrounding Atsion Lake and Hampton Road that contain populations of red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia).

 

Aura Natural Heritage Priority Site

One federally listed plant species and one special concern plant species. A swampy woodland bordering streamlet. Site very undisturbed.

 

Ballanger Creek Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a population of a globally rare State-listed Endangered Plant Species and one special concern plant. Abandoned cranberry bogs.

 

Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge Natural Heritage Priority Site

High concentration of migratory birds, including neotropical migrants, and numerous state imperilled plant and animal species. Also, several globally imperilled animal species. Good quality coastal dune shrubland and coastal dune woodland communities occ The site is on the outer coastal plain and occupies the SW tip of Cape May peninsula. There is a mosaic of upland forest and shrubland communities (including coastal dune shrubland and forest), active and abandoned agricultural fields, salt marsh-phragmi

 

Cape May Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a globally rare wetland natural community and an excellent population of a globally rare plant species. An intermittent coastal plain pond approximately 200 feet in diameter surrounded by pine/oak forest.

 

Cassville Natural Heritage Priority Site

1 globally imperiled plant. Wet swale under powerline r.o.w. through pitch pine lowland forest.

 

Cedarville Middle Brook Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a good population of a federally listed Threatened species. Small stream through a hardwood swamp.

 

Chatsworth Goose Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains several coastal plain intermittent ponds and a State-listed Endangered Plant species and Plant Species of Special Concern. The site contains the largest natural Pine Barrens pond in Burlington County. Human disturbance is minimal.

 

Cold Spring Woods Natural Heritage Priority Site

Because this site is an “island” of forest cover in a matrix of development and agriculture, and because of its southerly position on Cape May peninsula, this site is likely an important concentration area for migrating neotropical passerines. The mesic This site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula, about 3.5 to 4.5 miles from the southern tip. This site represents the southernmost large patch of forest on Cape May peninsula (nearly 500 acres as of fall 1991), although residential develo

 

Colliers Mills Natural Heritage Priority Site

One globally imperiled plant. Shrub/sedge swale in pitch pine lowland forest.

 

Cologne Road RR West Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains habitat for four globally rare plant species, one of which is listed as threatened on the federal endangered and threatened species list. Mowed powerline right-of-way in pitch pine lowland. One small ditch crossing right-of-way. Rolling topography with a complex of microhabitats.

 

Columbia Road Swales Natural Heritage Priority Site

Excellent occurrences of 3 globally rare plant species. Special concern species also present. Mowed powerline right-of-way 50 feet wide paralleling the railroad. Several intermittent streams cross the site.

 

Corson Inlet North Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains an excellent population of a globally rare State Endangered bird, and good populations of two other State significant animals. There is a good example of a coastal dune shrubland (bayberry variant). The site is on the undeveloped south end of an Atlantic Ocean barrier island (Ocean City). Communities include coastal dune shrubland, coastal dune grass and marine intertidal sand beach.

 

Corson Inlet South and Whale Beach Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains excellent populations of a globally rare State Endangered bird species, and several other populations of State Endangered birds. The site consists of coastal barrier beach and dune habitat.

 

Coxhat Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a population of a globally rare Federally-listed Threatened Plant Species. A mixed evergreen-deciduous swamp forest along a stream corridor.

 

Downer Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a good population of a globally rare State Endangered plant species. Red maple/Atlantic white cedar swamp with sphagnous spring seeps.

 

Drosera Street Site Natural Heritage Priority Site

1 Federally listed plant and one special concern plant. Roadside ditch in pitch pine lowland; intermittently wet.

 

East Plains Natural Heritage Priority Site

Exemplary stand of globally imperiled natural community. Also a number of globally rare plants and animals are present. An extensive dwarf pitch pine/scrub oak forest.

 

East Plains Fireshed Natural Heritage Priority Site

This macrosite contains a globally imperiled natural community and a number of globally rare plants and animals. The site contains the land that supports the fire regime that sustains the pine plains vegetation of the East Plains. A large patch of pitch pine-shrub oak barrens and pine plains in broad sandy uplands, interrupted by few wetlands.

 

Edgewater Park Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a small population of a globally rare plant species. Muddy and gravelly freshwater tidal shore of the Delaware River.

 

Clarks Landing Bog Natural Heritage Priority Site

1 state listed plant species. Open bog with sphagnous hummocks, probably an old borrow pit.

 

Clermont Bog Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains several Plant Species of Special Concern and a State-listed Endangered Animal Species. The site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula and consists of a series of hydrologically connected open water ponds and open bogs at the headwaters of Sluice Creek. These ponds are surrounded by a fringe of hardwood swamp and mesic coastal

 

Cold Spring Gravel Pit Site Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a small population of a globally imperiled plant species. Also, one state endangered animal and several state endangered plants have historically been documented from this site. This site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula. It is an abandoned gravel pit which was excavated to near the water table surface in most of the pit, creating seasonally saturated soils. Parts of the pit were excavated to below the water

 

Cold Spring Salt Marsh Natural Heritage Priority Site

Several state endangered plants and one state endangered animal are documented at this site. This site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula. Salt marsh wetlands along Mill Creek, Little Mill Creek and Bradley Run form the core of this site, along with adjacent hardwood swamp forests and mesic coastal plain mixed oak forests.

 

Crossley Natural Heritage Priority Site

Two critically imperiled plants; plus globally rare plants and State significant animals. Pitch pine uplands and lowlands. Disturbed areas include gravel pits and abandoned RR ROW. Both these disturbed habitats important for rare species.

 

Culliers Run Natural Heritage Priority Site

Site contains good population of state endangered plant species. Floodplain in rich, wooded ravine.

 

Culliers Run Natural Heritage Priority Site

Site contains good population of state endangered plant species. Floodplain in rich, wooded ravine.

 

Cumberland Woods Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains an excellent population of a state endangered plant species, as well as occurrences for two plant species of special concern. Pine/oak woods with powerline ROW.

 

Dans Island Natural Heritage Priority Site

One State listed endangered plant and one globally rare plant. Pine and oak woods on islands within a salt marsh.

 

Deep Run Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good example of a rare New Jersey wetland natural community which may also be rare globally. A globally rare plant species has also been historically documented at the site. The site is a tidal swamp forest dominated by green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) with a diversity of shrub species. In this tidally influenced community, trees and many shrubs occur on hummocks rising one meter above the muddy substrate. The mud below is

 

Bear Swamp Hill Lowland Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains excellent or good populations of six globally imperilled and globally rare plant and insect species. A pitch pine lowland and pine barren hardwood swamp complex moderately burned by a fire in the early 1980s. Trees killed in many areas and shrub layer well recovered by 1985.

 

Belleplain Pond South Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a good occurrence of a globally rare wetland natural community and an excellent population of a globally rare plant species. A coastal plain intermittent pond in an oak-pine upland forest.

 

Belmar Beach Natural Heritage Priority Site

Marginal occurrence of a globally rare plant species. Small, highly impacted area of low dunes adjacent to public beach.

 

Bennett Bogs Natural Heritage Priority Site

High quality site for globally imperilled plant species and intermittent coastal plain pond community. There is a concentration of state rare plants and animals. This site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula, about 8 miles from the southern tip. It is a low-lying area of mesic coastal plain mixed oak forest with three remaining intermittent coastal plain ponds from an original five pond wetland

 

Berlin Avenue Bogs Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains good populations of a federally listed threatened plant species and a globally imperiled plant species, an additional globally rare plant species, and other plant species of special concern. Encompasses two abandoned borrow pits functioning like vernal ponds.

 

Bill Henry Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

Good quality globally rare natural community and several globally rare or state significant plant species. A large (5 acre) coastal plain intermittent pond surrounded by undeveloped pine-oak forest.

 

Blacks Branch Natural Heritage Priority Site

Site contains one Federally listed plant; 1 globally imperiled plant. Atlantic white cedar swamp.

 

Indian Trail Swamp Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains excellent examples of rare Cape May lowland swamp and intermittent coastal plain pond communities, an excellent population of a globally imperilled State Endangered plant species, and a concentration of additional state and globally rar This site in on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula and contains the headwaters and critical uper watersheds of Dias Creek and Green Creek. Communities include dry oak-pine forest, mesic coastal plain mixed oak forest, Liquidambar-Acer swamp

 

Frankfurt Avenue Bog Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains good population of federally listed threatened plant species, and another globally rare plant species. Abandoned sand and gravel pit functioning like a vernal pond.

 

Forked River Mountain Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a globally imperiled pine plains natural community. A few small occurrences of dwarf pine plains (<150 acres) associated with up to 1000+ acres of transitional pine plains, and several small occurrences of hydric pine plains. Most of the plains are in the vicinity of Forked River Mountain, near the center

 

Hirst Ponds Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains good examples of several globally imperilled plant species. High quality natural community. Two coastal plain vernal ponds located approximately one-half mile from each other. Hirst Pond is to the south and is surrounded by a swamp forest and cultivated blueberry fields to the northeast. Barkwoods Pond is to the north and is enclosed by a hardw

Holly Street Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains an excellent population of a globally rare plant species and a fair quality example of a globally rare natural community. An intermittent Coastal Plain Pond in a damp pine upland.

 

Island Beach Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains populations of several globally rare and state rare endangered and threatened animals, plants, and natural communities. Large expansive beaches, dunes and wetlands on and adjacent to Island Beach State Park and on the northern tip of Long Beach Island.

 

Johnson Place Natural Heritage Priority Site

One rare plant species. Atlantic white cedar swamp.

 

Hansey Creek Road Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains an excellent population of a state endangered plant species. A lowland hardwood forest.

 

Lake Grenloch Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a Plant Species of Special Concern. Artificially created lake in wooded ravine.

 

Hidden Lake Natural Heritage Priority Site

A good population of a federally listed threatened plant species. Lowland swamp forest surrounded by pine/oak uplands.

 

Green Creek Natural Heritage Priority Site

Two state endangered plant species and two special concern plant species are known from this site. Three or more small intermittent ponds are found on site. The site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula located on the Delaware Bayshore, adjacent to salt marshes of Green and Dias Creek. Communities found include mesic coastal plain mixed oak forest, fringes of hardwood swamp, and intermittent c

 

Little Plains Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a good example of a globally imperiled natural community. A 1000 acre patch of pine plains forest.

 

Lizard Tail Swamp Natural Heritage Priority Site

An excellent example of a globally rare Cape May lowland swamp community. Good to excellent quality state and globally significant plant and animal occurrences are documented on site. The site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula, located in the headwaters of Bidwell Creek east of Goshen Road (Rt. 615). Communities include dry oak-pine forest, dry pine-oak forest, mesic coastal plain mixed oak forest, Cape May lowland s

 

Long Savanna Natural Heritage Priority Site

Largest pine barrens savanna in NJ with concentrations of globally imperiled plants and globally significant invertebrates. An extensive pine barren savanna along the Batsto River, adjacent to pine oak uplands. The long narrow bog is faintly separated into an upper and lower region by a row of young cedars under 10 feet tall. The open area is approximately 6 acres and is sepa

 

Campus Swamp Natural Heritage Priority Site

Excellent occurrence of federally threatened plant species. Deciduous swamp on hummocky, muck soil, with seepage areas and small swales draining in from surrounding uplands. A major population of a federally threatened plant is found here. Dominant species include Acer rubrum, Nyssa sylvatica, Magnolia virginiana

 

Cape May Avenue Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains good populations of two globally rare plant species of special concern. An intermittently wet, ditched old field. Perhaps may have been a coastal plain intermittent pond prior to disturbance. Contains scattered second growth red maple and shrub patches with large open grassy or sedgey areas, and scattered patches of unvegeta

 

Franks Cabin Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good population of a federally listed threatened species. The site is a narrow headwater stream corridor with maple-gum-magnolia tree cover and standing water and Sphagnum covered ground. The target species is found on the stream floodplain, in seeps and on the terraces just above the floodplain.

 

Gems Landfill Natural Heritage Priority Site

Good occurrence of a Federally threatened plant species. Red maple-hardwood swamp with a saturated to standing water hydrology. Headwater of Holly Run.

 

Fish House Cove Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains an occurrence of a globally rare natural community. An expansive freshwater tidal mudflat dominated by wild rice and other perennial emergent vegetation bordered by shrub scrub marsh vegetation.

 

Five Acre Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

High quality globally rare natural community and several plant species of global or state significance. A relatively pristine clay based coastal plain intermittent pond surrounded by a pine-oak upland forest.

 

Forked River Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

Two state listed endangered plant species and several plant species of special concern. Small pond located within the ecotone between Atlantic white cedar swamp and salt marsh.

 

Forked River Woods Natural Heritage Priority Site

One state imperiled plant species. Wet deciduous woods.

 

Glassboro Woods Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site includes occurrences of one federally listed threatened plant species and a globally rare insect species. Red maple hardwood swamp along Little Ease Run and tributaries.

 

Grand Sprute Run Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains two special concern plant species. Stream cut ravine with fairly steep wooded slopes.

 

Lanings Wharf Natural Heritage Priority Site

Site provides habitat for a number of special concern plant species. Coastal plain lowland forest adjoining salt marsh.

 

Laurel Street Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good occurrence of a globally rare wetland natural community, and good populations of two globally rare plant species. An intermittent coastal plain pond in an upland pine-oak forest.

 

Lazarus Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains population of globally imperiled plant species. An open, intermittently flooded pond and cedar/hardwood swamp.

 

Lily Lake Natural Heritage Priority Site

The lake has one historical and two extant state imperiled plant species. On the outer coastal plain, at the southern tip of Cape May peninsula. Residential development in the city of Cape May Point completely surrounds the lake.

 

Little Beach Island Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains an excellent population of a globally rare State Endangered bird species, an excellent example of an intertidal marine beach natural community, and a concentration of additional high quality populations of State Endangered and Threatened bird sp Undeveloped beaches, dunes, and salt marshes. Perhaps the most pristine ocean beach in New Jersey.

 

Little Ease Natural Heritage Priority Site

1 globally rare plant species. Powerline through wooded stream corridor.

 

Longport Natural Heritage Priority Site

Site contains a globally rare State endangered bird species. Also contains several other State imperiled bird species and is among the top 20 migratory bird concentration sites in the nation. Tidal salt marsh Island near the mouth of Great Egg Harbor Inlet with some sand beach habitat along southern portion of the Island.

 

Pancosts Woods Natural Heritage Priority Site

One State listed endangered plant species. Historical location for several other State endangered and special concern plant species. Mixed deciduous woodlands on steep slope of Inner Coastal plain ravine. Wetlands and seepage areas present along stream corridor.

 

Oswego River Lowlands Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains numerous excellent occurrences of globally rare and imperiled plant and insects. An exceptionally large concentration of significant species occur within the wetlands along this river. The site contains a ten mile long and one mile wide streamside corridor of pine barrens wetlands dominated by pitch pine lowland forests, cedar swamps, hardwood swamps and pine barren savannas.

 

Pasadena Goose Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

1 globally imperiled plant, 3 state rare plants. Natural pine barren pond surrounded by Atlantic white cedar swamp, pitch pine lowland, and pitch pine upland.

 

Peaslee Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains an example of a globally rare natural community and two special concern plant species. An open, sedgey, grassy wet sphagnous intermittent pond grading into a fringe of intermittently flooded open woods.

 

Old Sams Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

Extant occurrence for a State listed endangered plant species; additional historical occurrrences. Brackish, and perhaps tidally influenced, coastal pond.

 

Pecks Corner Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a population of a globally rare Federally-listed Threatened Plant Species. A mixed hardwood-evergreen swamp forest surrounded by forested and nonforested uplands.

 

NE of Weekstown Natural Heritage Priority Site

1 globally rare plant species. Muddy intertidal shore in fresh to brackish water.

 

Nelly’s Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains population of globally rare plant species and an additional state listed plant species. Also contains several special concern plant species. An intermittent Coastal Plain pond. Site has been impacted from past dredging but still supports a good diversity of plant species. Site is adjacent to industrial complex and railroad.

 

New Egypt Ravine Natural Heritage Priority Site

Two state listed endangered plants plus historical species. Steep sided wooded ravine with open and and wooded wetlands.

 

North Brigantine Island Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good population of a globally rare State Endangered bird and state rare plant species. The site is an undeveloped State Natural Area on the northern tip of Brigantine Island. It contains ocean beaches, dune grasslands, tidal marshes.

 

North of Middletown Natural Heritage Priority Site

Location for extant State Endangered plant species and a plant species of special concern. Fresh to brackish tidal marsh.

 

Oceanville Bog Natural Heritage Priority Site

One globally rare plant species, two state rare plants and two special concern plant species. Wetlands associated with Atlantic white cedar swamp including a borrow pit and a small dammed pond.

 

Odd Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good occurrence of a globally rare natural community and two special concern plant species. An open shallow coastal plain intermittent pond in a pine-oak/pitch pine lowland.

 

Maurice River North Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains excellent habitat for a wintering population of a State endangered bird species, a good/excellent example of a brackish tidal marsh natural community, and several globally rare plant species. Brackish/freshwater tidal river marshes and adjacent scattered woodlands.

 

Mayville Site Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains an occurrence of a State endangered plant species. The site also contains one of the few remaining patches of forest cover along the Atlantic mainland/salt marsh interface, so may be significant for migrating birds. The site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula, and includes a 14 acre abandoned gravel pit within a patch of forest at the mainland/salt marsh interface. Wetlands of Shell Bed Creek and an unnamed creek cross the site. Communities include

 

Mackenzie Swales Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains one federally listed threatened plant species and 5 additional globally rare plant species. A mowed powerline right-of-way adjacent to railroad with a rolling topography. The driest portions are damp meadows, the wettest are sphagnous bogs.

 

Magnolia Lake Natural Heritage Priority Site

There are two separate occurrences of a federally threatened plant species. The site is on the outer coastal plain and occupies the headwaters of Mill Creek upstream from the Magnolia Lake dam at Route 9. It consists of two tributaries that feed the lake, one to the north and one to the west. Wetlands include the open waters of

 

Main Avenue Station Natural Heritage Priority Site

One globally rare plant species, 2 state rare plant species, 3 special concern species. Vernal pond with small area of wetland herbs, sedges, and grass surrounding it. Located in agricultural fields.

 

Majors Run Natural Heritage Priority Site

One state critically imperilled plant species. Floodplain in rich wooded ravine.

 

Manahawkin Lake Natural Heritage Priority Site

A good occurrence of a federally listed species. Large size of population unique for outer coastal plain. Mature to old growth atlantic white cedar swamp on muck soil, with well developed hummocks near streams supporting most trees and shrubs, and soft muck or standing water between hummocks. A major population of a federally threatened plant species grows a

 

Manasquan Reservoir Woods Natural Heritage Priority Site

One State imperiled species. Wet lowland woods.

 

Mannington Marsh Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains high quality occurrences of two State Listed Endangered Plant Species, a poor quality occurrence of another State Endangered plant species, and occurrences of two State Endangered bird species. Freshwater intertidal marsh along the Salem River. Some areas may get a little brackish in drought years.

 

Mantoloking Beach Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a globally rare State endangered bird species. Outer coastal plain barrier sand beach and dune habitat. Extends nearly the full length of the beach front from the southern border of the Borough of Mantoloking northward.

 

Mantua Natural Heritage Priority Site

One Federally listed threatened plant species. Two confirmed extant State listed endangered plant species, plus additional plant species of concern. Rich wooded ravine along the Chestnut Branch of Mantua Creek.

 

Middle Branch Forked River Natural Heritage Priority Site

Several globally rare and State listed plant species. Open wetlands adjacent to pine barren stream through Atantic white cedar swamp.

 

Salem River Floodplain Natural Heritage Priority Site

Excellent population of a State Endangered plant species. A more significant rank may be warranted if future fieldwork merits the floodplain forest community on site to be ranked ‘A’ quality. The site is a floodplain forest underlain by very flat clayey sand. The forest is almost free of shrubs with trees (primarily boxelder but occasionally red maple and tulip poplar also) spaced about 15 feet apart. A high diversity of native wildfowers cov

 

Sand Ridge Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains an excellent population of a globally imperiled State Endangered plant species. Long (500′ X 150′) ovate shaped vernal pond.

 

Lummis Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good population of a federally listed threatened plant species, and populations of a state endangered and state threatened animal species. Hardwood bottomland forest with dense shrub layer.

 

Manumuskin River Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains an excellent population of a globally imperilled State Endangered plant species with several globally rare and state significant plants, animals, and natural communities. A meandering tidal stream cutting through extensive tidal freshwater marsh dominated by wild rice and other graminoids.

 

Marsh Lake Natural Heritage Priority Site

One globally imperiled plant. Large intermittent wetland.

 

Kirbys Mill Natural Heritage Priority Site

One plant species of special concern. Rich wooded floodplain with several seepage areas along smaller tributaries.

 

Pierces Pit Site Natural Heritage Priority Site

The pits have a concentration of several state imperiled plant species. The site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula. There are three sand pits excavated to the watertable, creating saturated sandy soils and seasonally flooded areas. Agricultural fields and dry oak-pine forest fragments occupy adjacent areas.

 

Pigs Eye Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains the only known occurrence for a state listed endangered plant species. Small wet depression at edge of agricultural field.

 

Pine Hill BSA Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good population of a federally listed threatened species. The site is a narrow headwater stream corridor. The target species is found on the stream floodplain, in seeps and on the terraces just above the seeps (0.5′).

 

Pine Valley Station Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a federally listed threatened species. Hardwood swamp.

 

Pole Bridge Branch Natural Heritage Priority Site

1 globally rare plant species. Streamlet swale through pitch pine upland.

 

Pond 74 Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a globally imperiled state endangered plant species. Shallow borrow pit in pitch pine upland, similar in function to a vernal pond.

 

Port Republic Natural Heritage Priority Site

Three State listed endangered plant species, plus two globally rare plant species. Wetlands along pine barren stream. Includes tidal mudflats, open sphagnous wetlands, and Atlantic white cedar swamp.

 

Reading at Darmstadt Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains good populations of globally imperilled and globally rare plant species. Sandy roadside and mowed powerline right-of-way in pitch pine lowland.

 

Reega Natural Heritage Priority Site

Largest known occurrence of a federally listed threatened plant. Series of abandoned sand pits in pitch pine lowland. Pits function like a vernal pond.

 

Repaupo Station Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a population of a State-Listed Endangered Plant Species, and a Plant Species of Special Concern. Cleared pipeline easement along roadside and some associated wetlands at Repaupo Creek.

 

Riddleton Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains two State-listed Endangered Plant Species plus a Special Concern Plant Species. Wet, and in places swampy, woodlands with scattered shallow intermittent ponds.

 

Rio Grande Swamp Natural Heritage Priority Site

This site contains an excellent example of a rare Cape May lowland swamp community, an intermittent pond, and a concentration of State Endangered and Special Concern plant and animal species. This site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula and is a rich area of wetlands and mesic uplands at the headwaters of Fishing Creek. Pumping Station Pond at Rt. 47 serves as a water supply for Wildwood. Natural communities include dry oak-p

 

Roadstown Road Powerline Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a globally imperiled plant species. Powerline right-of-way through pine/oak uplands and small stream.

 

Telegraph Road Bog Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good population of a globally rare Federally-listed Threatened Plant Species. Swamp forest in headwaters of tributary to Deep Run. Forest dominated by mixed hardwood-pitch pine in headwaters, more hardwood (gum/maple) dominated downstream. Surrounded by forested uplands.

 

Tomlin Station Natural Heritage Priority Site

State critically imperiled plant species. Other state rare species – both historic & extant. Dry pine/oak woodlands on crest of stream valley.

 

Toms Branch Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good population of a Federally listed threatened plant species. Hardwood swamp.

 

Trenton Boat Launch Natural Heritage Priority Site

One globally rare plant. Gravelly intertidal river shore.

 

Pits and Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains four globally rare plant species, two of which are state endangered, and one of which is also federally threatened. Two borrow pits (heavily used by ORV’s) under and adjacent to mowed pipeline right-of-way through pitch pine lowland forest.

 

Trenton Marsh Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains an example of a freshwater tidal marsh natural community and several state endangered plant and animal species. The site contains an extensive freshwater tidal marsh and adjacent wetlands that provide habitat for endangered plant species.

 

Turtle Creek Natural Heritage Priority Site

One globally rare invertebrate species and one special concern plant species. Salt marsh complex and adjacent wet woods.

 

Two Mile Beach Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains good and excellent populations of a globally rare State Endangered bird species, and additional occurrences of State Endangered and Threatened birds. Contains fair to good (but small) examples of rare coastal dune grass, coastal dune shrubland a This site is on parts of two adjacent barrier islands (Cape May and Wildwood) on the Atlantic Ocean side of Cape May peninsula. Communities include marine intertidal sand beach, coastal dune grass, coastal dune shrubland, coastal dune forest, and salt ma

 

Two Mile Beach Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains good and excellent populations of a globally rare State Endangered bird species, and additional occurrences of State Endangered and Threatened birds. Contains fair to good (but small) examples of rare coastal dune grass, coastal dune shrubland a This site is on parts of two adjacent barrier islands (Cape May and Wildwood) on the Atlantic Ocean side of Cape May peninsula. Communities include marine intertidal sand beach, coastal dune grass, coastal dune shrubland, coastal dune forest, and salt ma

 

United States Avenue Natural Heritage Priority Site

An excellent occurrence of a federally listed plant species. The site is currently in great shape and the plants are vigorous. Hardwood swamp (Acer rubrum and Nyssa sylvatica) with a scattering of canopy trees and a tall, dense shrub zone.

 

Sims Place Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains good population of globally rare plant species. Open or shrub-dominated pine barrens wetlands.

 

Sockwell Road Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

Site contains two State endangered animal species. The site contains ponds that provide salamander and treefrog breeding habitat and adjacent undeveloped lands.

 

Seaville Methodist Church Natural Heritage Priority Site

There is a population of a federally threatened plant in the wetlands on site. The site is on the outer coastal plain, at the headwater of a small creek draining into Ludlam Bay.

 

Shaws Mill Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains an excellent occurrence of a federally listed threatened plant species and a globally imperiled insect species. Atlantic white cedar swamp mixed with hardwoods adjacent to stream corridor. Also, area of pitch pine lowlands and pine-oak, oak-pine uplands with open canopy.

 

Shermans Avenue Natural Heritage Priority Site

Two globally rare State endangered plant species and one special concern plant species have been documented from the site. Atlantic white cedar swamp grading into Acer rubrum swamp.

 

Shinns Branch Natural Heritage Priority Site

1 federally listed threatened plant and 1 state listed threatened animal species. Atlantic white cedar and adjacent pitch pine lowlands.

 

Swains Station Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains globally rare and state rare plants. This site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula, in wetlands of Sluice Creek along an abandoned railroad grade near Swain.

 

Spring Hill Plains Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains an example of a globally imperiled natural community. A 270 acre patch of pine plains forest.

 

Vincentown Woods Natural Heritage Priority Site

One special concern plant species. Floodplain and wooded ravine.

 

Whitesbog Village Sandhill Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a population of a globally rare plant species. The site is located on a long narrow sandy ridge – possibly a ‘paleodune’ (Pleistocene/early Holocene sand dune which is now stable). The dune is intact in the southern half of the site and is covered with open pine barrens with heath, sedge or bracken f

 

Whiting Clay Pits Natural Heritage Priority Site

Large population of a globally critically imperiled plant species. An area of abandoned clay pits, steep ridges separating deep swales and ponds, has revegetated with native herbs, shrubs, and trees. An intermittent stream and some seeps feed these ponds. The area is within an extensive planned residential development,

 

Winslow Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good population of a globally rare State-listed Endangered Plant Species. A mixture of pine/oak uplands and white cedar/red maple lowlands with streamside bogs and ponds.

 

West of Hornerstown Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good population of a State-listed Endangered Plant Species. Wooded ravine and floodplain of Crosswicks Creek. Ravine is covered with mature deciduous forest and the floodplain is criss-crossed with numerous marshes (both wooded and open) small ponds or pools, and swampy woods following large tributaries and small

 

West of Hornerstown Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good population of a State-listed Endangered Plant Species. Wooded ravine and floodplain of Crosswicks Creek. Ravine is covered with mature deciduous forest and the floodplain is criss-crossed with numerous marshes (both wooded and open) small ponds or pools, and swampy woods following large tributaries and small

 

Weymouth Avenue Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a good occurrence of a globally rare wetland natural community and one globally rare and several State significant Special Concern Plant Species. A 100ft diameter coastal plain intermittent pond surrounded by idle pine/oak upland forest.

 

Whitesbog Roadside Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a population of globally imperilled plant species. Mowed roadside through pitch pine lowland over Atsion soils. The open nature of the site and the proximity to the adjacent pitch pine lowland provides habitat for rare plants.

 

Wenonah Ravine Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains the only confirmed extant occurrence in New Jersey for state critically imperiled tree species. Wooded ravine in Inner Coastal Plain.

 

Winslow Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

An excellent occurrence for a globally rare plant species. Vernal pond.

 

Woodbine Bogs Natural Heritage Priority Site

One globally imperiled plant, one globally rare plant, and one State imperiled animal.

 

Woodbine Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

An excellent occurrence of a globally rare plant species. Grassy open intermittent pond in pitch pine lowland.

 

Wreck Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

Extant occurrence for a State listed endangered plant species plus one special concern species. Salt to brackish tidal marsh along a series of partially dammed inpoundments.

 

Walnford Floodplain Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a high quality example of a floodplain forest natural community. An extensive floodplain forest adjacent to Crosswicks Creek, and forested slopes leading up from the floodplain.

 

West Branch Wading River Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains numerous high quality populations of globally imperiled State Endangered plant species, and several State Endangered animals. The site contains more than 5 square miles of pitch pine lowland forest and lesser acreages of pine barren hardwood swamps and cedar swamps and adjacent pine/oak and oak/pine forests along undisturbed sections of the West Branch of the Wading River.

West Plains Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains an excellent example of a globally imperiled natural community, a number of globally rare insects, and several state significant vertebrate animals and plants. A large extensive dwarf pine forest natural community adapted to frequent wildfires.

 

West Plains Fireshed Natural Heritage Priority Site

This macrosite contains a globally imperiled natural community and a number of globally rare plants and animals. A large patch of pitch pine-shrub oak barrens and pine plains in broad sandy uplands, interrupted by few wetlands.

 

Whitesbog Spung Sandhill Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a population of globally rare plant species. An open pine barrens forest on Lakehurst sand. The sandy substrate and open canopy provide habitat for a globally rare plant species.

 

Whitesbog Upper Reservoir Road Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains an occurrence of a globally rare State-Listed Endangered Plant Species. Open areas underlain by Lakehurst sand adjacent to roads by the upper cranberry reservoir at Whitesbog. The open canopy and sandy soil provide habitat for a rare plant species.

 

Stevens Natural Heritage Priority Site

A good occurrence of a state rare plant species. Mudflats on intertidal shore of Delaware River.

 

Stormy Hill Swale Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains excellent population of globally imperiled plant species. Pitch pine lowland swale in a river floodplain.

 

Holgate Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains an excellent population of a globally rare State endangered bird species, two additional excellent populations of State endangered bird species, two rare natural communities and one rare plant species. Undeveloped beaches, dunes and marshes at the southern tip of Long Beach Island.

 

Hammonton Field Natural Heritage Priority Site

Single known occurrence for critically imperiled state plant species. Sandy field in pine barrens.

 

Parvin Lake Natural Heritage Priority Site

Good occurrence of a Federally threatened plant species, as well as a State listed animal species. Red maple, Atlantic white cedar swamp along Muddy Run.

 

WWOC Radio Station Natural Heritage Priority Site

There is a good occurrence of a State endangered animal, last observed in 1991. The site is on the outer coastal plain of Cape May peninsula, with a set of abandoned gravel pits which were excavated to below the water table level. Surrounding the pits are dry oak-pine forest, successional pine forest and agricultural fields. A radio

 

Wading River Tidal Marsh Natural Heritage Priority Site

Globally rare plant species plus state rare plant species. A broad tidal marsh at the mixing area of fresh and slightly saline water.

 

St. James Pond Natural Heritage Priority Site

The site contains a good occurrence of a globally rare natural community and Plant Species of Special Concern. A 300 ft diameter Coastal Plain Intermittent Pond surounded by at least 150 ft of idle forested land.

 

Stathems Neck and Mad Horse Creek Natural Heritage Priority Site

Contains a good population of a state endangered bird species, and an excellent population of a plant species of special concern. Open tidal marsh and woods at edge of salt marsh. Also some isolated islands of higher ground dominated by pines.