JERSEY CITY - An area behind the Statue of Liberty that has remained untouched for 35 years will soon change.

The Liberty State Park is currently fenced off to visitors due to high pollution levels from railroads that abandoned the lands in the 1970s.

The land in the shadow of the statue is being studied by ecologists from Rutgers-Newark who say they've found a hot spot for plants and animals.

There are now plans to join two wetlands with trails From Liberty Science Center in about 18 months so that residents can safely reconnect with the urban ecosystem for the first time in decades.