Farm Lease Auctions Information
Parcels on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) throughout the state are available for farmers to lease each year. Parcels in 2012 were auctioned for bid during 3 auctions held by Department of Environmental Protection.
The WMA Lease Program differs from what is being offered on Division of Parks and Forestry property by including in-kind services as well as a rental payment. In-kind services require that farmers plant crops or do mowing on WMAs separate from their leased fields. The value of the in-kind work is deducted from the total rent payment expected. This arrangement has produced more wildlife habitat than would be achieved by the farmer solely paying cash rent.
The dates and locations for the 2012 auctions were as follows:
Bidders were required to pre-register for the auctions.
- Northern Auction (Morris, Sussex and Warren counties): Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 10:30am at the Pequest Trout Hatchery, 605 Pequest Rd. Oxford, NJ 07863
- Central Auction (Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mounmouth and Somerset counties): Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10:00am at the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area, Conservation Building One Eldridge Rd. Upper Freehold Township, NJ 08691
- Southern Auction (Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties): Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 10:00am at the Salem County Extension Office, 51 Cheney Rd. Woodstown, NJ 08098
For more information on the parcels available for lease, and the auctions see: www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/business_ops/current_leases.htm.