Important Bird Areas

Greenwood Forest/Pasadena Wildlife Management Area

New Jersey

The Greenwood Forest/Pasadena Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is the largest tract of land preserved by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife's Bureau of Land Management. Together with Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, this area constitutes most of the Western Pinelands, the smallest of four conservation zones identified in the Pinelands by NJ Wildlife Action Plan (WAP). Approximately 80% of the site is dominated by upland pine-oak and scrub-shrub forests. The remaining upland habitats include fields. The lowlands contain pitch-pine forest and Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) bogs. The headwaters of Cedar Creek, also found in this IBA, connect the Greenwood Forest/Pasadena WMA to the Lebanon State Forest.

Ornithological Summary

Conservation Concern - State-threatened: Barred Owl (B)

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Scrub-shrub/Barrens: Pine Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Blue-winged Warbler, Field Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Prairie Warbler, Brown Thrasher, Whip-poor-will, Northern Bobwhite (B)

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Mixed Upland Forest: Baltimore Oriole, Black-and-white Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Tufted Titmouse, Blue Jay, Common Grackle, Gray Catbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee (B)

Conservation Issues

The primary threats to this site include over abundant deer and loss of natural ecological forces such as fire and disturbance. NJ?s WAP identifies several conservation recommendations to address these and other threats to the region. The WAP suggests developing guidelines to achieve recommended deer densities that enhance forest health. The plan also encourages the use of management techniques that mimic the historic role of fire in this and other regions of the Pinelands. The goal of preserving WMAs is to protect and enhance fish and wildlife habitat while providing recreational and educational opportunities. Approximately 1000 acres of the Greenwood Forest/Pasadena WMA are managed as quail habitat and offers hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities. There are also several hiking and wildlife-watching opportunities throughout the site.

Ownership

Owned By: New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: Tony Petrongolo, Chief of Lands Mgmt.
PO Box 400
Trenton, NJ
08925 Phone: (609) 984-1401
E-mail: tony.petrongolo@dep.state.nj.us

Habitat

Mixed pine and riparian forests with patches of fields and shrub-scrub

Land Use

The main use of the site is as a protected wildlife management area.