With a legacy of over half a century, the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is a storied nature sanctuary and the largest Wildlife Hospital in New Jersey. The unofficial gateway to the Pine Barrens is an idyllic preserve with stately pitch pines, majestic Atlantic White Cedars and an understory rich in Mountain Laurel, Sheep Laurel and Teaberry. The setting for the newest Executive Director of the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is a timely springboard to a new decade of furthering environmental education to all audiences, saving more wildlife for the benefit of nature and providing a gateway to finding an island of wilderness in the region.
For Dennis O. Miranda, taking the mantle of the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is both personal and professional. Returning to the State of New Jersey is an exciting event exclaims Dennis Miranda, “I’m coming home! As a New Jersey native, I had spent my whole life here until a decade ago and none too soon!”
With nearly thirty years of working in conservation, from saving the NJ Highlands to launching the Western Highlands Scenic Byway, he returns to a State with deep roots, a large network of friends and colleagues. Rolling up your sleeves to connect people to nature is one of the most important needs of society today! With the deep and talented staff, immense volunteer base, and supportive board of trustees of the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, we are poised to continue and expand the mission of the refuge, the preservation of New Jersey’s wildlife and habitats through education, conservation and rehabilitation!