The Indian Trail property is located in the heart of the Cape May Corridor, a major migratory stopover area for migrating birds, and consists of nearly continuous wetlands and upland forests representing a large portion of Cape May Peninsula’s last remaining intact habitats. The project area is located within the Indian Trail Swamp Important Bird Area, an area recognized by the IBBA Program for its ability to provide essential habitat for many species of birds. This program has identified 122 sites throughout the state based on scientific criteria. The project area also overlays two Natural Heritage Priority Sites, the Cape May Corridor Macrosite and the Indian Trail Swamp Site. Designated by NJ DEP, these are the state’s MOST significant natural areas determined through a review of a comprehensive inventory of rare plant and animal species and representative ecological communities.
The site is also partially within and adjacent to the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Cape May National Wildlife Refuge and The Nature Conservancy’s Indian Trail Swamp Project Area, and is highly valued by NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) Landscape Project. The Landscape Project identifies the forest and forested wetland patches that contain the proposed project area as Rank 4 out of 5 due to numerous occurrences of state-endangered and state-threatened species such as Tiger Salamander, Cope’s Gray Treefrog and Barred Owl. The site also contains the headwaters and upper watersheds of Dias Creek and Green Creek and supports excellent examples of rare Cape May lowland swamp and coastal plain pond communities.
Ecosystem Services Provided:
Climate Stabilization and Air Pollution Mitigation: Carbon sequestration- avoided deforestation
Biological Diversity: Habitat- protecting habitat for Natural Heritage program
Total Project Cost: $500,000
Status: The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund have each pledged $250,000 to support state acquisition. Other funding partners and sources are anticipated.
If you would like further information about this project, please contact Conservation Resources.