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Saving The Great Swamp
December 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
Movie Showing “Saving the Great Swamp: Battle to Defeat the Jetport”
Sunday, December 15, 1:00 – 2:30 PM.
NJ Audubon will be showing the movie, Saving The Great Swamp: Battle to Defeat the Jetport. This is a one-hour documentary about the events, people and politics behind the struggle to preserve a rural area of New Jersey between 1959 and 1968. The fight began when the powerful Port of New York Authority announced plans to construct a huge 10,000 acre “jetport” 26 miles west of New York City in a little-known place called the Great Swamp. In the name of progress, entire towns would be obliterated, the aquifer and wildlife destroyed, and a way-of-life threatened for thousands of people. The events that followed became one of the most defining environmental confrontations of its time – a grassroots movement that started in a local high school and grew to historic proportions. It was a battle that took almost a decade, a President and an Act of Congress to stop, and ultimately led to the creation of a national treasure – the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
Two years in the making, Saving The Great Swamp: Battle to Defeat the Jetport was produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Scott Morris, co-produced by Larry Fast and narrated by Blythe Danner. The film features in-depth interviews with residents, historians and officials, and a rich visual tapestry of historic film footage, old photographs and high-end cinematography of the Great Swamp today. The inspiring story continues to resonate as a model for community action in the face of powerful forces.
Location: NJ Audubon, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ.
Registration is required. To register please call NJA at 908-396-6386.
The Great Swamp Partners, a collaboration of seven non-profit and government organizations located within the Great Swamp Watershed, will offer the public six free, family-friendly, indoor and outdoor experiences in the month of December to celebrate the 60 year anniversary of the defeat of the jetport and the triumphant saving of the Great Swamp.
As a group, The Great Swamp Partners are dedicated to protecting and enhancing the natural resources necessary to maintain ecological balance for present and future generations while providing recreational, historical, and educational learning opportunities for the public. The Partners are Great Swamp Watershed Association, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and Friends of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, New Jersey Audubon (NJA) Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Morris County Park Commission Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, The Raptor Trust, and Morristown National Historical Park.
Please be sure to attend all the other great programs:
42nd Festival of Trees, Friday, December 6-29, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center
Hawks Eagles and Falcons Oh My! Sunday, December 8, 11:00 AM
The Raptor Trust
Behind-the-Scenes Talk & Tour at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (GSNWR), Saturday, December 14, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Saving the Swamp Walk and Talk, Saturday, December 21, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Morris County Park Commission’s Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
Jockey Hollow Then, Now, and What Might Have Been, Saturday, December 21, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.
Morristown National Historical Park Jockey Hollow Visitor Center