Important Bird Areas

Peaslee Wildlife Management Area

New Jersey

Peaslee Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is bordered by the Manumuskin River to the west and the Tuckahoe River to the east. It is the second largest WMA in New Jersey and is also the southern-most example of a true Pine Barrens community, characterized by a predominance of pine-oak forest. Other habitat types found in this IBA include grasslands, cultivated fields and forested wetlands. The site intersects the Manumuskin Natural Heritage Priority Site, which encompasses the Manumuskin River and extensive freshwater marsh dominated by wild rice.

Ornithological Summary

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

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

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Scrub-shrub/Barrens: Prairie Warbler, Whip-poor-will, Blue-winged Warbler, Pine 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, Scarlet Tanager, Yellow-throated Vireo, Whip-poor-will, Great Crested Flycatcher, Black-billed Cuckoo, Baltimore Oriole, Northern Flicker, Black-and-white Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Broad-winged Hawk, Worm-eating Warbler, Wild Turkey, Acadian Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Blue Jay, Common Grackle (B)

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR 30 Forested Wetland: Acadian Flycatcher, American Black Duck, Chimney Swift, Fish Crow, Kentucky Warbler, Louisiana Warbler, Mallard, Wood Duck, Yellow-throated Vireo (B)

Significant Migrant Stopover/Flyover-Landbirds (SM, FM)

Conservation Issues

Peaslee WMA is protected from development, however, habitat loss and forest fragmentation from nearby residential and industrial development will impact the site?s habitats. The widening of roads, creation of power lines, conversion of forests to nursery operations and expansion of nearby sand and gravel operations along the periphery of the WMA are all threats. Protection and restoration of agricultural and upland forests adjacent to the WMA is necessary to prevent further impacts from the encroaching development and non-compatible agricultural practices. This can be accomplished by promoting landowner incentives for protecting and managing habitat and by prioritizing parcels for acquisition. Additionally, early successional habitats of Peaslee, such as grasslands and scrub-shrub, require active management including brush hogging, disking and/or prescribed burning to keep them from reverting to forest.

Ownership

Owned by:
State of NJ (Division of Fish & Wildlife)

Tony Petrongolo, Chief of Lands Mgmt.

PO Box 400

Trenton, NJ 08625-0400

Phone:(609)984-1401

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

Habitat

Primarily mixed woods with grasslands and shrub-scrub

Land Use

The major use of the site is as a Wildlife Management Area that is visited for tourism and recreational purposes. Some of the land is under cultivation.