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Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area

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  • Location: Onondaga County; Town of Cicero
  • Open: Year-round
  • Fee: None
  • Contact: DEC Region 7 (Cortland) 607-753-3095 ext. 247
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Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area dominates the northeastern portion of Onondaga County. It is low and wet with upland islands scattered throughout its 4,949 acres. Most of the wetland complex is dominated by sphagnum moss and rich soils supporting black spruce, tamarack, stunted white pine and leatherleaf ferns. Its unique habitat supports a variety of wildlife including populations of endangered species such as the short eared owl, along with many other species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.

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Cicero Swamp is easily accessed by using Rte. 298 on the east, Rte. 31 all across the north and Taft Road from the south. Island Road, off of Northern Boulevard, provides excellent entry from the west. For parking, view the Cicero Swamp Management Area Map (PDF) (573 KB)

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How We Manage Cicero Swamp WMA

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Like most of the state's Wildlife Management Areas, Cicero Swamp is managed by DEC's Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources for wildlife conservation and wildlife-associated recreation (hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing/photography). Funding to maintain and manage this site is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration or "Pittman-Robertson" Act, which is acquired through excise taxes on sporting arms, ammunition and archery equipment.

Current objectives for the area are to provide habitat for a variety of wildlife species and to permit wildlife related recreational uses compatible with wildlife One management technique currently used on site includes mowing and/or burning of some upland fields to maintain important open habitat.

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