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Western Adirondacks/ Upper Mohawk Valley/ Eastern Lake Ontario WMAs - Region 6

Map of Region 6 showing the Wildlife Management Areas

The Region 6 Wildlife Unit manages wildlife resources in an 8,000-square-mile region of diverse habitats including the St. Lawrence River Valley, western Adirondacks, Tug Hill Plateau, and the Mohawk Valley. Region 6 Wildlife staff deliver a varied program to address the opportunities and challenges associated with forested wildlife habitats, extensive agricultural landscapes, and within its small- to medium-sized urban centers. Within the region, deer, bear, small mammals, furbearers, waterfowl and water birds, endangered species, small game, upland game birds, songbirds, and grassland species thrive in their preferred habitats. In addition to general wildlife stewardship across our 5 county coverage, Region 6 administers 22 wildlife management areas (WMA's) encompassing 43,744 acres. Many of our WMA's include exceptional freshwater wetlands designated as Significant Habitats and/or Important Bird Areas.

There is something for every wildlife enthusiast in Region 6. Wildlife viewers can enjoy everything from abundant shorebirds, waterfowl, and wetland wildlife in the Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence Plains to Loons, boreal birds, and wilderness wildlife of the Adirondacks. The Lake Ontario shoreline is an excellent location to observe spring migration of raptors, songbirds, and other migratory species. Hunters will find abundant deer, turkey, and other small game in the fertile valleys, or can seek the remote "big woods" experience of relatively uninhabited portions of the Tug Hill and Adirondacks. Region 6 affords trappers access to some of the best wetland furbearer resources in New York. Beaver, otter, and muskrat are abundant the Region's extensive wetland systems. Coyote, bobcat, fox, and fisher are well distributed in varied upland habitats.

The regional Wildlife Unit is involved in cooperative projects with Cornell University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, US Department of Agriculture, the US Geological Survey, and US Army, as well as sister state agencies.

Some of our major challenges include:

  • managing impacts of cormorants on fish stocks and other colonial nesting birds on Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River;
  • managing white-tailed deer, canada goose, and beaver populations so their nuisance potential is minimized and the interests of the public for hunting, trapping, and wildlife viewing are balanced;
  • managing the unique resources of WMAs to ensure they continue to provide the quality wildlife habitats they represent;
  • enhancing and perpetuating populations of endangered species such as Black Tern;
  • ensuring wildlife concerns are addressed in state land unit management planning;
  • participating in statewide wildlife management planning for a consistent and balanced program; and
  • providing public access to wildlife resources.

For additional information call one of these telephone numbers: (315) 785-2263 (Watertown), (315) 793-2554 (Utica), or (315) 265-3090 (Potsdam).

Region 6 Wildlife Management Areas