The Division of Fish and Wildlife is constructing a wildlife passage system at the Assunpink WMA, located in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County. The passage system consists of two under-road tunnels and fencing that will guide animals to the tunnels and prevent them from entering the roadway. The goal of the project is to reconnect fragmented patches of wetland habitat and provide a safe passageway for animals to move between the wetland areas.
Roads pose a number of threats to wildlife and their habitats. They can physically separate important patches of land and expose animals to vehicles while trying to cross a road, which can result in injury or death. As part of the project, Division staff are monitoring wildlife habitat use and counting dead-on-road animals both during and after construction. This monitoring will provide data to help assess how effective the final passage system is in facilitating movement under the road and minimizing the number of animals killed by vehicles.
This project was identified as a priority and guided by a larger, statewide effort called Connecting Habitat Across New Jersey (CHANJ). By strategically protecting and managing the remaining undeveloped land in the state, we can provide the best opportunities to maintain and recover terrestrial wildlife populations.
For more information contact Brian Zarate at Brian.Zarate@dep.nj.gov.
Habitat Restoration Projects