This site includes the open waters of Oldmans, Raccoon and Birch Creeks, associated wetlands, deciduous woods and scrub-shrub habitat, and the Pedricktown Marsh. The Oldmans watershed borders northern Salem and southern Gloucester Counties, the Raccoon watershed runs parallel to Oldmans to the north and Birch Creek runs between the two watersheds.

Ornithological Summary

Conservation Concern ? State-endangered: Northern Harrier(B)

Conservation Concern ? State-endangered: Least Bittern(B)

Conservation Concern ? State-endangered: Peregrine Falcon(B)

Conservation Concern ? State-endangered: Bald Eagle(B)

Conservation Concern ? Conservation Priority: American Black Duck (B)

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Salt Marsh/Wetland: American Black Duck, Northern Pintail, Marsh Wren, Virginia Rail, Mallard (B)

Significant Congregations of Waterfowl (W)

Significant Congregations ? Exceptional Single Species Concentration - Northern Pintail (W)

Conservation Issues

Intense development pressure, nonpoint source pollution and the invasive plant, the common reed (Phragmites australis), are major threats to this IBA. New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF) and the South Jersey Land and Water Trust (SJLWT), nonprofit organizations whose mission it is to preserve and protect NJ?s land and natural resources, have targeted the habitats of Pedricktown and Oldmans, Raccoon and Birch Creeks for preservation. NJCF is preserving many farms in the area with the support of state and federal grants. The Oldmans Creek Watershed Association, a component of SJLWT, organizes road cleanups, water testing and outreach through watershed planning workshops. Two NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife properties, the Harrisonville Lake Wildlife Management Area on Oldmans Creek in South Harrison Township and Raccoon Creek Wildlife Management Area in Woolwich Township, provide protection of forested corridors along these waterways.

Ownership

Owned by:

Various private landowners and:

Department of Defense

Habitat

Primarily stream-associated habitats and tidal wetland

Land Use

The location is primariy used by the Army Corps of Engineers as a dredge spoil deposit site. Secondary uses of the site are for recreation/tourism, urban/industrial/utility, or residential development.

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