Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (HMCW0)

Location: New Vernon, NJ 07976 Morris County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 43.719', W 74° 29.72'

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Wilderness Area

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
HM NumberHMCW0
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 542616 N 4508757
Decimal Degrees40.72865000, -74.49533333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 43.719', W 74° 29.72'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 43' 43.14" N, 74° 29' 43.20" W
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Area Code(s)973
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 87 Long Hill Rd, New Vernon NJ 07976, US
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