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UPPER DELAWARE WILDLIFE HERITAGE FESTIVAL SEPT. 28 AT PEQUEST HATCHERY
In celebration of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Week in New Jersey, the
Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Fish and
Wildlife, Warren County Tourism and WNTI 91.9 North Jersey Public Radio of
Centenary College will host the Upper Delaware Wildlife Heritage Festival at
the Division's Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center
in Oxford on Sunday, September 28. The free event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
and will be held rain or shine.
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Week in New Jersey is September 28 - October
4. The purpose of the celebration is to raise awareness about our fish and
wildlife resource and the contribution of hunters and anglers to wildlife
conservation. For more than 100 years, hunters and anglers have been staunch
supporters of conservation and scientific wildlife management. They were
among the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated use of
wildlife was a serious threat to the future of many species.
The Wildlife Heritage Festival is designed to highlight the historical and
present benefits of wildlife and to raise awareness of New Jersey's natural
resources. Events include fly-casting demonstrations by Trout Unlimited
members, trout spawning demonstrations, live music and a variety of
children's activities. The Warren County Shade Tree Commission will
distribute free tree seedlings.
Visitors can step back in time to visit an historical village to experience
an era when people were more directly connected to natural resources for
their survival. Presentations will highlight Native American life and the
colonial fur trade, as well as showcase quill and beadwork, primitive
archery techniques, flintlock waterproofing and shooting, leather working,
apple cider making, 19th century photography and much more. There will also
be ongoing activities including knife and tomahawk throwing and chainsaw art
presentations. Several wildlife artists will also have their works on
display and for sale.
Various Division staff members will be present at the event. The Black Bear
Management Team will have a display of equipment and information about their
research and management work. Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries biologists will
also be on hand to present displays and demonstrate electro-shocking
The Pequest facility is located on Rt. 46, about nine miles west of
Hackettstown in the Skylands of Warren County. To learn more about the
festival, visit the Division's website at www.njfishandwildlife.com or call
Liz Jackson at (908) 637-4125.
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