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Wildlife Management Areas

Like to hunt, trap, fish, or watch wildlife?

Visit any of the state's numerous Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and explore their forests, open fields, streams, ponds, wetlands, and scenic vistas. These are your lands - owned by New York State and operated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

  • More than 110 WMAs are scattered across the state for your use and enjoyment. Together, these areas contain nearly 197,000 acres - including 124,000 acres of forests and grasslands and 53,000 acres of wetland - providing enough room for a lot of us to get outdoors, have fun and not get in anyone's way.
  • Some activities may require permits and fees. We strongly advise you to call the appropriate DEC Regional wildlife telephone number prior to visiting any WMA. By doing so, you can quickly learn more about a specific area, its uses and facilities.
  • You may wish to purchase a good quality highway/recreation map at your local bookstore. These maps typically indicate the location of wildlife management areas, state parks and other outdoor recreation sites.
  • Each WMAs has its own page that lists allowable activities and available facilities. These are organized by DEC region. Scroll down to see which counties are in each region.
  • While there are no WMAs on Long Island or in New York City, there are public lands available for use in those regions.

Check out a WMA - there's probably one near you!

Habitat Management Plans

Habitat Management Plans are being developed for Wildlife Management Areas and other properties overseen by DEC's Bureau of Wildlife, including select Multiple Use and Unique Areas. The goals of the plans are to guide habitat management decisions, which benefit wildlife and support wildlife-related recreation. The plans guide management for a ten year time period, after which time the plans will be assessed and modified if needed.

These plans incorporate management recommendations from:

  • Unit Management Plans,
  • existing WMA habitat management guidelines,
  • NY Natural Heritage Program's WMA Biodiversity Inventory Reports,
  • Bird Conservation Area guidelines, and
  • other documents available for individual WMAs.

List of Completed or In Progress Habitat Management Plans

Plans scheduled for completion in fiscal year 2016-2017.
Region Wildlife Management Area County Status
3 Cranberry Mountain WMA Putnam Completed
3 Mongaup Valley WMA Sullivan/Orange In Progress
3 Tivoli Bays WMA Dutchess In Progress
4 Capital District WMA Rensselaer In Progress
4 Louise E. Keir WMA Albany Completed
4 Margaret Burke WMA Albany In Progress
4 Stockport WMA Columbia In Progress
4 Vinegar Hill WMA Greene Completed
6 Ashland Flats WMA Jefferson Completed
6 Black Pond WMA Jefferson In Progress
6 Collins Landing WMA Jefferson In Progress
6 Cranberry Creek WMA Jefferson In Progress
6 Indian River WMA Jefferson In Progress
6 Lakeview WMA Jefferson In Progress
6 Oriskany Flats WMA Oneida In Progress
6 Rome WMA Oneida In Progress
6 Tug Hill WMA Lewis Completed
6 Upper and Lower Lakes WMA St. Lawrence Completed
7 Cicero Swamp WMA Onondaga Completed
7 Connecticut Hill WMA Schuyler/Tompkins In Progress
7 Pharsalia WMA Chenango In Progress
7 Tioughnioga WMA Madison In Progress
8 Helmer Creek WMA Steuben In Progress
8 High Tor WMA Ontario/Yates Completed
8 Lake Shore Marshes WMA Wayne In Progress
8 Northern Montezuma WMA Wayne/Cayuga In Progress
8 Rattlesnake Hill WMA Livingston/Allegany Completed
9 Canadaway Creek WMA Chautauqua In Progress
9 Hanging Bog WMA Allegany Completed

Click on a Wildlife Management Area to view completed habitat management plans, then scroll down to "How We Manage".


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