Home to the first cultivated blueberry planting, dating back to 1916, this site now provides over 3000 acres of abandoned and cultivated cranberry bogs and blueberry fields, early successional fields, oak and pine forests, Atlantic white cedar swamps, ponds, reservoirs and streams to over 200 species of birds. The Whitesbog IBA is located within the boundaries of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest and contains several 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-Endangered: American Bittern (B)

Conservation Concern - State-Endangered: Pied-billed Grebe (B)

Conservation Concern - State-Endangered: Bald Eagle (B)

Regional Responsibility Species - BCR30 Scrub-shrub/Barrens: Whip-poor-will, Pine Warbler, Eastern Towhee (B)

Conservation Issues

As a component of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Whitesbog is protected from encroachment of development within the immediate area. Recreational overuse and illegal ATV use, however, are common threats. Portions of the Whitesbog IBA should be actively managed to maintain scrub-shrub habitat. Ecological forestry practices may also be appropriate in areas of dense, closed-canopy forest to create the structural complexity that characterizes a healthy forest. Monitoring of bird and wildlife response to regeneration of abandoned cranberry bogs and blueberry fields is also recommended.

Ownership

Owned by:
NJ Division of Parks and Forestry
Brendon T. Byrne State Forest
P.O. Box 215
New Lisbon, NJ 08064
(609) 726-1191

Habitat

Primarily freshwater wetlands, shrub-scrub habitat and mixed upland forest

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