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Paulinskill River WMA Hyper Humus Restoration


The Division of Fish and Wildlife is preparing for a large restoration projects at the Paulinskill River WMA, located in Hampton and Andover Townships, Sussex County. The project falls within the Hyper Humus section of the Paulinskill River WMA, formerly a peat and humus mining operation belonging to Scotts-Hyponex.

Ducks Unlimited is funding the effort to control invasive Phragmites and water chestnut within the Hyper Humus ponds. Water chestnut forms dense floating mats and outcompetes native plant communities. Its decay can deplete oxygen levels, leading to fish kills. Phragmites is an aggressive wetland grass that outcompetes native plants and displaces native animals.

Additionally, The Nature Conservancy is overseeing the larger restoration project that intends to dechannelize the Paulinskill River and restore a variety of natural habitats. Preliminary soil, hydrology and biological sampling have been completed. TNC is currently seeking design proposals for the project.

For more information, please contact Sue Predl at

Habitat Management Projects Page

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