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An 11-person crew has been slowly cleaning up the damage to the Dingmans Falls section of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area caused by storms in March and May. The cleanup costs were estimated at $700,000 but the recreation area was given less than half of that.
Money for the cleanup comes from the National Park Service's contingency fund, but its taken a hit over the last few years. According to the New Jersey Herald, of the $290,000 approved for the Dingmans Falls cleanup, $189,000 is going toward fixing trails, boardwalks and bridges. The remaining money is for tree removal and road repairs.
The crew has their work cut out for them because cleanup isn't simple by any means. The area is filled with endangered and protected plants so biologists have to give their approval before any work can be done.
When the park reopens next year, don't be surprised to see fallen trees everywhere. Though more than 1,000 trees fell during the storms, a hydrologist advised the park to leave the ones that fell across the creek and on the slopes of the ravines because it's good for plant life, insects, and fish.
Read the NJHerald.com story here.