and Oldmans Creek Watersheds
Salem and Gloucester Counties
Located within the Delaware Bayshore region, the Raccoon and
Oldmans Creek watersheds are nestled side-by-side. The Oldmans watershed
straddles the border of northern Salem and southern Gloucester Counties,
with the Raccoon watershed running alongside to the north.
woodlands and wetlands throughout the area provide critical habitat
for bog turtles, among numerous other threatened and endangered
species. Surface water throughout the area is shed into the marshlands
and tributaries of the Raccoon and Oldmans Creeks, which serve as
important headwaters that feed the Delaware River and Bay.
Two New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife properties offer
the public an opportunity to experience the beautiful region: Harrisonville
Lake Wildlife Management Area on Oldmans Creek in South
Harrison Township and Raccoon
Creek Wildlife Management Area in Woolwich Township.
Raccoon and Oldmans also features one of the Delaware Bay’s most
fertile farm belts and includes many working family farms. The area
is under intense development pressure. Farmland preservation is
one of New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s highest priorities in the Delaware Bay region, which
includes one of the last large expanses of contiguous farmland in
the state. We are currently preserving many farms in the area with
the support of several state and federal grants. Protecting the
region from development is vital for the future of the region’s
|Saving the Delaware Bayshore Region
The Delaware Bayshore spans southwest New Jersey and is bordered
by the Delaware River and Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and is best
known for its vast wetlands and associated wildlife.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation has led
conservation efforts in the region for two decades, starting with
the publication of Charting a Course for the Delaware Bay Watershed,
the first comprehensive planning guide for the region. New Jersey Conservation Foundation and
its preservation partners have saved over 2,000 acres of farmland,
wetlands and forested areas in the region.
The Delaware Bayshore is under increased development pressure due
to rising demand for residential housing for workers commuting to
Philadelphia and Wilmington. The Bayshore offers resting and feeding
grounds for more then a million migrating birds each spring. The
shorebird population that gathers on the Delaware Bay each May and
June is the second largest in the Western Hemisphere. American egrets,
great blue herons and other water birds typically found in the region
are declining due to loss of wetlands and the development of shoreline
For more information about our preservation work in the Delaware
Bayshore, please contact Regional Manager Fran Rapa at 856-769-0816 or firstname.lastname@example.org.