This site includes New Jersey?s second largest state forest Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, and a number of private inholdings and land trust properties. The forest includes the 735 acre Cedar Swamp Natural Area, upland pine-oak and oak-pine forests, pitch-pine (Pinus rigida) lowland forest and scrub-shrub habitat. This IBA also intersects the Mt. Misery Natural Heritage Priority Sites. Designated by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Natural Heritage Priority Sites are considered the state?s most significant natural areas.

Ornithological Summary

Conservation Concern ? State-threatened: Red-headed Woodpecker (B)

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Scrub-shrub/Barrens: Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Whip-poor Will, Eastern Wood-Pewee (B)

Conservation Issues

The majority of this site is protected from development; however, development, roads and traffic have become major threats to wildlife. Heavily traveled highways (such as Routes 70 and 72) introduce pollutants into adjacent habitats, facilitate dispersal of invasive species, fragment contiguous habitats and create wildlife/vehicle collisions. Protection of privately-owned lands can be achieved by promoting landowner incentives for protecting and managing habitat and by prioritizing parcels for acquisition. Appropriate methods of controlling invasive species, including southern pine beetles and gypsy moths, also need to be implemented. Forests should be managed as large, contiguous patches while maintaining a diversity of Pinelands community types including early successional habitats. Illegal off-road vehicle use is a major threat requiring control through increased law enforcement.

Ownership

Owned by: New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest
P.O. Box 215
New Lisbon, NJ
08094 Phone: (609) 726-1191

Also owned by: Private/Land Trusts

Habitat

Primarily coniferous and mixed upland forest with areas of shrub-scrub habitat

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