Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area
Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area (WMA) consists of about 4500 acres of upland and wetland habitat in Albany County. It is located in the Town of Berne. The majority of the current WMA was transferred to the New York State in 1962 by the federal government. The WMA can be access from County Rt. 13, County Rt. 6 and a number of town roads. Numerous parking areas are located throughout the WMA. This parcel of public land affords multiple uses for outdoor recreation including hunting, trapping, fishing, birding, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing, and horseback riding.
Habitat / Ecological Communities
Partridge Run is located on the Helderberg Escarpment, and varies in elevation from about 1600' to over 1900'. Soils are thin and winters are typically long. Most of P. Run is forested with natural stands of northern hardwoods comprised of maple, ash, yellow birch, as well as hemlock. Several hundred acres of spruce and pine plantations were planted during the 1930's and 1940's. There are several hundred acres of fields maintained throughout the WMA. In addition, there are numerous ponds, wetlands and beaver impoundments located on the WMA.
An assortment of wildlife inhabits the WMA including white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, gray squirrel, fox, raccoon, and fisher. P. Run is a designated pheasant release site during the small game season. In 2004, P. Run was designated as part of the Helderberg Bird Conservation Area. A variety of habitats on the escarpment provide an important area for both resident and migrant birds. The ponds and wetlands provide habitat for many wetland-associated birds including Canada geese, wood duck, mallard, herons, and many songbird species. Warm water sport fish such as pickerel, yellow perch, bullhead, sunfish and bass can be found in the numerous ponds on the WMA.
The diversity of habitats and wildlife species found at P. Run provides unique opportunities for public use. Many recreational activities, including hunting, trapping, fishing, hiking, wildlife observation, skiing, snowmobiling and nature photography are allowed and encouraged. Parking areas have been developed to provide access to the area, and a substantial trail network is maintained for the enjoyment of WMA users.
Management at P. Run is designed to maintain important freshwater wetlands and a diversity of upland habitat types so many species can exist on the site. Regular timber harvests occur on the property in order to maintain forest stand health and diversity of stand age and structure. Other habitat improvements include mowing, trail creation, and the placement of nesting boxes. Apple orchards found in upland areas are maintained to provide food for wildlife.
Rules and Regulations
Public use of this WMA is governed by 6 NYCRR §51 (Statutory authority: Environmental Conservation Law, §§ 11-2101).
The following acts are prohibited:
- Use of vessels operated by mechanical power.
- Overnight mooring or storage of boats, canoes and other watercraft.
- Construction of structures, blinds, platforms or stands.
- Swimming or bathing
- Cutting, plucking, severing, damaging or removing trees or other vegetation.
- Camping, littering, damaging or removing gates, fences, signs or other property.
- Use of ATV's or off-road motorcycles.
- Use of snowmobiles, except on designated trails.
All visitors to the WMA must comply with all regulatory signs posted by the Department of Environmental Conservation.