WMA Habitat Restoration Projects
The Bureau of Land Management is responsible for maintaining the divisionís Wildlife Management Area System of almost 350,000 acres in 122 areas. These areas are maintained and managed for a diversity of wildlife species through forest/field manipulation and habitat improvement, as well as for public access. The bureau is also responsible for stocking fish and game birds, maintenance of buildings and grounds, development of visitor facilities, construction of parking areas and boat ramps and projects such as the renovation of the Rockport Pheasant Farm. The bureau is involved in the preservation of open space through the Green Acres Land Acquisition Program.
Most of this bureau's activities focus on the Wildlife Management Area System and providing access to hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts. The system had its beginning with the purchase of the 387-acre Walpack Tract in Sussex County in 1932. This land was purchased as a "Public Shooting and Fishing Ground" by the Board of Fish and Game Commissioners, the forerunner of today's Fish and Game Council. From this modest beginning the present system was developed, representing more than 44% of New Jersey's state-owned public open space resource.
For more information about the state WMA system visit the following pages:
Wildlife Management Area System
New Jersey's Wildlife Management Areas (feature article)
List of Wildlife Management Areas
Wildlife Habitat Management