Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey during March
Map showing the location of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
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LocationMorris County, New Jersey, United States
Nearest cityNew Providence, New Jersey
Coordinates40°42′30″N 74°28′00″W / 40°42′30″N 74°28′00″W / 40.70833; -74.46667
Area7,800 acres (32 km2)
Established1960
Governing bodyGreat Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
DesignatedMay 1966

The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in Morris County, New Jersey. Established in 1960, it is one of more than 550 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

The refuge was declared a National Natural Landmark in May 1966.[1] The eastern half of the refuge was designated as wilderness by Congress in 1968, making it the first wilderness area within the Department of the Interior.

Administration

The refuge is managed by the federal United States Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency within the United States Department of the Interior. Refuge lands lie within the townships of Chatham, Harding, and Long Hill.