Assunpink Wildlife Management Area (WMA) consists of a mixture of scrub-shrub, mixed upland forest and several lakes along Assunpink Creek. A majority of this land formed after the construction of a series of dams placed on the Creek to protect the City of Trenton from flooding. While this watershed is one of the most developed in New Jersey, it remains a valuable natural resource.

Ornithological Summary

Conservation Concern ? State-endangered: Vesper Sparrow (SM)

Conservation Concern ? State-threatened: Long-eared Owl (W)

Conservation Concern ? State-special Concern: Pied-billed Grebe (W)

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Scrub-shrub/Barrens: Black-and-white Warbler, American Woodcock, Field Sparrow, Wild Turkey, Northern Bobwhite, Eastern Towhee, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Wood-pewee (B)

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Mixed Upland Forest: Wood Thrush, Kentucky Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Yellow-throated Vireo, Great Crested Flycatcher, Black-billed Cuckoo, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Northern Flicker, Black-and-white Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Worm-eating Warbler, Wild Turkey, Gray Catbird, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Blue Jay, Common Grackle (B)

Significant Congregations of Waterfowl (SM, W)

Conservation Issues

Expansion of suburban and commercial development throughout the Assunpink Creek watershed has led to habitat destruction and degradation as well as increases in nonpoint sources of pollution, primarily urban runoff. This is a larger problem in the lower portions of Assunpink Creek that pass through the highly urbanized areas of suburban Trenton and into the City of Trenton. The US Army Corps of Engineers recently implemented a project along Assunpink Creek that will increase the amount and quality of available riparian habitat. This project involves the removal of culverts and impervious cover, restoration and stabilization of creek banks and construction of a multi-use trail. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network coordinates volunteer water quality monitoring along the Creek and assists with the development of local stream protection projects. Protection of undeveloped, privately-owned lands adjacent to the WMA can also be achieved by promoting landowner incentives for protecting and managing habitat and by prioritizing parcels for acquisition. NJ Department of Environmental Protection?s Green Acres Program is responsible for protecting approximately 18% of the Assunpink Creed watershed. Additional concerns include the succession of scrub-shrub and grassland habitats to forest. These could be prevented through periodic disturbance. Management could include cutting or removal of woody vegetation, mowing, burning or use of herbicides.

Ownership

Owned by:
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife

Bureau of Land Management

Contact: Tony Petrongolo-Chief

P.O. Box 400

Trenton, NJ 08625-0400

Phone:(609)984-0547

E-mail: tony.petrongolo@dep.state.nj.us

Habitat

Shrub-scrub, mixed upland forest and open water

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