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Near New Vernon in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Wilderness Area

 
 
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, June 3, 2009
1. Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Marker
Inscription. You are about to enter the Wilderness Area of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Designated by Congress in 1968, this area is part of the 100-million-acre National Wilderness Preservation System. It is distinguished in being the first designated Wilderness Area on a national wildlife refuge and the first in the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The Wilderness Area exists today because local citizens joined together with government to preserve this natural area for the continued enjoyment and inspiration of all citizens. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines wilderness areas as "untrammeled", "undeveloped", and "affected primarily by the forces of nature". These areas provide "outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation". The 3,660 acres comprising the Great Swamp Wilderness Area exemplify these values.

"A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."
- The Wilderness Act 1964

 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 43.719′ N, 74° 
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, June 3, 2009
2. Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Marker
29.72′ W. Marker is near New Vernon, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker is on Long Hill Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Vernon NJ 07976, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Tramp House (approx. one mile away); New Vernon Historic District (approx. 1.1 miles away); Harding Township 9-11 Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Washington’s Route from Princeton to Morristown (approx. 1.2 miles away); Richard J. Guadagno (approx. 1.7 miles away); Frelinghuysen Fields (approx. 2.1 miles away); Dickson's Mill Pond (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Washington’s Route from Princeton to Morristown (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Vernon.
 
Categories. Natural FeaturesNatural Resources
 
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge - Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, June 3, 2009
3. Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge - Trail Map
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. This page has been viewed 839 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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