NJ buys 1,400-acre rural farm to protect rare plants, wildlife

David Madden
November 26, 2019 - 3:08 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey is buying a large piece of land from Atlantic City Electric in rural Cumberland County in the name of conservation.

The 1,400-acre Holly Farm off Route 49 in Millville hasn’t been used by the utility in years. For two decades, there have been attempts to preserve it for open space.

“This property contains the largest concentration of threatened and endangered species in the entire state of New Jersey,” said Caryn Shinske, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, “and the size of this property will also be significant in helping us to mitigate the effects of climate change.”

Rare plants and wildlife will be protected as part of this deal, everything from frogs and woodpeckers to hawks and rattlesnakes. 

(Who would have thought New Jersey had rattlesnakes, right? Now you know.)

There’s no publicized price tag at this point on the deal, which is expected to close in short order.