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DEC Adds Almost 8,000 Acres to State Wildlife Management Areas

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that with the assistance of two federal grants, the DEC Division of Fish and Wildlife has now permanently protected almost 8,000 acres throughout the state.


The DEC says the wildlife habitat that was acquired through the two grants have been added to the state’s Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system. With the acreage added to the system, it will support the state’s hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking, birding, and photography.

“Working closely with our public and private partners who helped acquire these parcels, thousands of acres are now permanently conserved and will be managed to benefit New York’s diverse wildlife,” Interim Commissioner Mahar said. “Wildlife Management Areas provide the public with a wide range of opportunities for compatible wildlife-dependent recreation and DEC thanks the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for helping to support New York State’s successful management efforts.”

The DEC continued saying between 2014 and 2023, $14.5 million dollars from the federal Wildlife and Sport Restoration Program has helped expand almost 7,000 acres to the state’s WMA. These acquisitions significantly increased the acreage of 15 existing WMAs and created three new WMAs.

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