Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area
Size: 4,571 acres
Hanging Bog WMA is located approximately 6 miles north of the Village of Cuba in the Town of New Hudson in Allegany County. The landscape is made up of rolling hills, extensive forests and small fields.
Day Use Activities and Recreational Opportunities
Large meadow in Hanging Bog WMA
- Camping (by permit only)
- Wildlife Observation
A few activities are prohibited: off road vehicular travel, swimming, boating with motors.
The diverse habitat on the area is home to a variety of wildlife species. Some of the more common species are beaver, cottontail rabbit, gray and red fox, gray squirrel, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, ruffed grouse, turkey, white-tailed deer, woodcock and a variety of song birds and waterfowl.
The federal government became interested in the area in the 1930's. Under the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture acquired the area and managed it as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. After 1940, the federal government leased the land to the state as a game management area. The land remained under federal government control until 1962 when title to this property was deeded to the State of New York. Also, additional acreage was acquired under the Park and Recreation Land Acquisition Act. The majority of the property was for game management, the remainder went to the Division of Lands and Forests.
Since, 1948, management practices have included conifer plantation establishment, thinning of plantations, selective and clear-cutting of hardwoods, leasing of croplands, planting wildlife shrubs and developing small marshes, ponds and potholes. All of these practices provide nesting, feeding and cover habitat for wildlife. Also, in 1951 a conservation camp was built, later becoming the Rushford Conservation Education Camp. Hanging Bog is a man made impoundment built by the CCC in the late 1930's. The 'Bog' is located on portions of the Hanging Bog WMA and the Crab Hollow State Forest. It is characterized by a floating mat of vegetation in the middle of the impoundment.
The area is named for the large natural bog on the property. The tract encompasses rolling hills, extensive forest lands and marshes.
The primary management objective for the area is to maintain high quality habitat for ruffed grouse through a regulated timber management plan. Other wildlife species that utilize the area and will benefit from these practices include white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbits, woodcock, wild turkey and a variety of song birds.
Also, partnerships and grant opportunities have enabled additional habitat work to be accomplished such as timber stand improvements, apple tree releasing, early successional habitat development and maintenance of several water impoundments.
For more information, call or write to:
Region 9 Wildlife Manager
182 East Union Street, Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706
From Interstate 86: Take Exit 28 and head north on Route 305 to New Hudson Road.