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Creating Early Successional Forest Habitat at Flatbrook-Roy WMA


The Division has hired a vendor to hydroax two parcels of land in the Flatbrook-Roy Wildlife Management Area. Hydro-ax machines mow down small and mid-sized trees and brush, spurring a dense regrowth of smaller trees and shrubs. The two parcels total approximately fourteen acres and are located near Struble and Brook Roads.

Both parcels were last cut approximately twenty-five years ago. In order to maintain early successional forest habitat, upon which so many species depend, it is necessary to periodically cut trees to set forest succession back. Golden-winged warblers, ruffed grouse and other species rely on this early successional habitat. Today, only 5% of New Jersey's forest remains in early-successional stages of development, and many of our grassland or early-successional species of wildlife are on the decline. Providing this habitat will help these species rebound.

For more information on this project contact Andrew Burnett at

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Hydro-axed parcel
This parcel will soon be an early successional forest stand upon which so many wildlife species depend.
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