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Assistance available for North Jersey forestland owners to improve habitat for Golden-winged Warbler

Contact:
Barbara Phillips, Public Affairs Specialist
(732) 537-6044


Golden-winged warbler male. Photo by DJ McNeil..jpg

Apply by March 16, 2018, for technical advice and financial assistance; workshop offered in February

SOMERSET, February 8, 2018 - Forestland owners who want to manage their forestland to create critical habitat for the Golden-winged Warbler (GWWA) and other wildlife can apply for assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS offers technical advice and financial assistance for forest land activities that benefit the species through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW). NRCS and their conservation partners can work with foresters, help write forest management plans and provide conservation payments to support habitat enhancement for Golden-winged Warbler and other wildlife on land enrolled in WLFW. Those seeking assistance to improve habitat for GWWA through FY2018 EQIP-WLFW should apply to NRCS by March 16, 2018, to be considered for funding in 2018.

This map shows GWWA focal area in New Jersey.The Golden-winged Warbler (GWWA) is found in the Appalachian region in the summer months. This species has suffered a 66 percent population decline since the 1960s due to changing habitat. USDA released a five-year conservation strategy to support private landowners managing for healthier forests in the Appalachian Mountains. Land located in the Appalachian region that is in or near the Conservation Boundary delineated as GWWA habitat is eligible for WLFW. In New Jersey this Conservation Boundary occurs in Warren, Sussex, Morris, Passaic and Bergen Counties. The interactive map of the focal area online at http://arcg.is/2iITU8o is searchable by address, to help landowners verify that their land is in the eligible area. Contact NRCS, Hackettstown Commerce Park #1, 101 Bilby Road, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 or (908) 852-2576, ext. 3 for more information or to apply.

A workshop offered later this month at two locations will highlight assistance available for forest landowners with forestland within the Conservation Boundary:

  • Wednesday, February 21 at Camp Linwood MacDonald, 1 Flatbrook Rd, Branchville, NJ 07826 from 6 PM to 8 PM;
  • Wednesday, February 28 at the Jefferson Township Municipal Building, 1033 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 from 6 PM to 8 PM.

This workshop is sponsored by USDA-NRCS, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, New Jersey Audubon, NJ Forest Service and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. Walk-ins will be welcome, but registration is requested for this free workshop. To register for either session or for more information, please contact Nicole Porter at 908-441-7524 or Nicole.Porter@nj.usda.gov.

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