On June 19, 2012, our guest was
Virginia Rettig, Refuge Manager
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Virginia Rettig spoke about the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
where she serves as Refuge Manager. The refuge comprises more than 47,000
acres of wetlands in segments on Barnegat Bay from Brick at the north end to
Smithville in the south -- critical habitat for migratory birds and many
other species. Two separate entities, the Brigatine and the Barnegat
National Wildlife Refuges, were combined and renamed in 1984 for the
environmentally active Moorestown mayor who later served in the U.S. House
of Representatives from 1970 to 1984. The southern portion is still
identified on some maps as the Brigatine National Wildlife Refuge. Almost
6,700 acres there are also designated a National Wilderness Area, one of
only two such designations in New Jersey (the other is the Great Swamp area
south of Morristown). Despite its long history and environmental
significance to the shore area, it's unlikely that many residents are even
aware of the refuge or its work. Rettig discussed her agency's studies and
management of the natural and man-made forces that affect the refuge and
other wetlands. The Forsythe Refuge is administered by the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service of the Department of the Interior.
The Ocean County Mayors' Association has been found tax
exempt by the IRS. Donations are deductible. Documentation of this determination
and related financial disclosure documents are available for public examination.
Our Next Meeting
September 25, 2012
Dr. Jon Larson, President
Ocean County College
On Tuesday, September 25, 2012, the
Ocean County Mayors’ Association will hold a business meeting at the
Legend Restaurant adjacent to the Howard Johnson Hotel located at
955 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, New Jersey. Registration begins at
8:30 AM. Our guest speaker will be: Dr. Jon H. Larson, President,
Ocean County College.
There is a $15.00 per person meeting fee. Guests are welcome.
Attendance limited to 50. Kindly RSVP no later than Monday,
September 24, 2012 by contacting April at
Administrator@ocmayors.com or 732-644-0657 (please indicate number of attendees, and
names if possible).
The Association holds business meetings every month except July and August.