Forest Stewardship Plan for Weldon Brook WMA

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Forest Stewardship Plan for Weldon Brook WMA

Postby jorbanorm » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:53 pm

JORBA has been acting as a representative for the Mountain Bike community to the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife for several years. This effort has helped us maintain, and expand access to Wildlife Management Area (WMA) trails. These lands have been preserved primarily to, maintain water quality and provide habitat for wildlife, including endangered species. Unlike state parks, which are developed and funded for recreation, WMA’s are managed with a priority on wildlife. By working within the confines of the NJDEP review process, JORBA has been given the opportunity to develop and maintain trails compatible with the management and primary uses of these lands.

In an effort to increase protection for an endangered bird, the Golden-Winged Warbler, the NJDEP has initiated a “Forest Stewardship Plan” for Weldon Brook WMA. The implementation of this plan is going to bring change to this area, and will impact trail users. The plan was created by an environmental firm that performed a thorough study of the area and identifies both past and recent trail activity in the WMA.

We encourage those of you who use this park to review the plan so that you are aware of the work that is proposed and can share the information with others. The plan is available at the following link: http://www.gracieharrigan.com/news

The DEP will be looking for cooperation from the mountain bike community in honoring implementation of the plan which will likely include trail closures. We may be able to offset the loss by obtaining approval for new trails compatible with the plan. If you would like to be part of the JORBA team providing input to NJDEP regarding trails in the Weldon Brook WMA, please contact us at: wildcat at jorba dot org.

With your support, JORBA can work to maintain access and create quality trails in WMAs throughout the State. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated as it is important to maintaining and strengthening the positive relationship JORBA has with NJDEP..

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