Ducks, recreationists get improved Perch River WMA

DU, state partner to enhance nearly 8,000-acre wetland

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Perch River Wildlife Management Area

Perch River Wildlife Management Area in Jefferson County provides nearly 8,000 acres of critical wetlands and uplands for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species in the St. Lawrence Valley.

However, inadequate infrastructure has prevented wetland managers from maintaining healthy water levels, resulting in dense stands of cattails and rice cut grass, significantly reducing the value of the habitat for wildlife.

Ducks Unlimited is partnering with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to rehabilitate failed water-control structures and improve water channels, giving wetland managers the tools they need.

The $2.5 million project benefits mallard, American black duck, northern pintail, greater scaup and several state-listed threatened, endangered and special concern species.

Perch River WMA is one of the largest contiguous, protected wetland complexes in the St. Lawrence Valley. It provides critical habitat that can actively be managed for many priority waterfowl species. These wetlands also provide critical habitat for a diversity of wetland and grassland-dependent species, including many state-listed threatened, endangered and special concern species.

Perch River WMA is a state-owned public recreation area, and portions are used extensively for hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching and non-motorized recreational boating. This project includes the construction of a new parking area which improves access for everyone interested in enjoying the improved wetlands.

Funding is provided through a NAWCA grant and the Pittman and Robertson Act.