Wildlife Management Area Overview
The Rome WMA and surrounding private lands consist of a vast area of forested wetland adjacent to the 1913 Barge Canal corridor. This large palustrine wetland complex is important to water quality and flood control for the city of Rome. Historically, much of the area was cleared and ditched for agricultural purposes. Agriculture was and continues to be an important aspect of the surrounding landscape.
The wetlands of the Rome WMA provide significant habitat for a variety of wildlife and plants. Management objectives of the WMA include the maintenance of habitat diversity to benefit many different game and non-game wildlife species. Habitat management is directed at the upland portions of the WMA which consists of successional shrubland, northern hardwoods, old field/grassland, and agricultural fields. No management activity has yet occurred in the WMA's forested wetlands.
Current emphasis is placed on the maintenance of old field/grassland habitat through cooperative agreements and mechanical mowing/brush hogging. An area of approximately 130 acres of old field habitat is currently targeted for management using mowing techniques. Resources and agricultural agreement trade-off's may only allow portions of this area to be mowed each year. The timing of mowing is critical. Grassland bird species can begin nesting as early as February or March and may nest into September. The best period for mowing is mid-August through early October when dry conditions normally persist. Mowing during this period results in minimal interference with nesting or wintering activities.
What to do at Rome WMA.
The WMA is open to hunting and trapping during open statewide seasons and hunting hours. This WMA is one of three stocking sites for pheasant hunting in Oneida county. Deer hunting and turkey hunting are also popular on the area. No permits are required to use the area.
Access to the area north of the railroad tracks can only be accessed via the parking area on Hoag Road near the railroad bridge overpass. The lands south of the tracks maybe access via Route 365 or Hoag Road. The Railroad tracks are private property and may not be crossed.
General restrictions on WMA's can be found in the Title 6, NYCRR, Part 51, Section 51.1 through 51.6. The use of snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles is prohibited on the WMA by posted notice. Camping is allowed by permit only from the Wildlife Manager.
For more information, contact:
Bureau of Wildlife
207 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501-2885
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* A nature trail can be used as a hiking trail. In addition to allowing hiking, a nature trail usually has printed information along the trail and often has a printed brochure available.