America the Beautiful Passes Sold Here
Planning a trip? A Federal Parks Pass may save you money. Call 973-702-7266 x 10 for availability.
New Hunting Opportunities Added
Many changes will be implemented in 2016. Link below for detailed information and how to apply.
Hunting on Wallkill River NWR
Every Kid in a Park
Free National Park Pass available to all fourth graders.
Wallkill River Weather Station
For all the weather buffs out there
Current Weather Conditions
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge hosts many free public events throughout the year, including hiking, fishing, bird watching, and kayaking as well as various children’s programs. Check out all of our upcoming events on the events calendar.Events Calendar
Meet Our Friends
The Friends of Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is an independent non-profit association founded in 2006. The operations and activities are managed by an all volunteer board of directors. The purpose of the Friends of Wallkill River is to support the mission of the Refuge through promotion of environmental stewardship, biological programs, environmental education, recreational activities, land acquisition and habitat management and enhancement. For more information, visit their website or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
On April 16, USFWS staff and State partners from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey gathered to conduct a prescribed burn on 72 acres of grassland habitat. The fire will help to maintain high quality grassland habitat for early successional bird species such as grasshopper sparrows and bluebirds, by encouraging the growth of warm-season grasses and setting back woody species (shrubs and trees) that naturally invade over time.
The timing of the burn coincides with the natural emergence of warm-season grasses, which don’t begin to germinate until soil temperatures reach about 52° F. By burning just before these grasses emerge (and after other non-desirable cool-season and woody species have germinated or leafed out), we are able to set back the plant species we don’t want, and simultaneously encourage those that provide better habitat structure for grassland-dependent birds. Regrowth will occur quickly, and the unit is expected to recover in time to provide cover for this summer’s breeding birds. In the meantime, the exposed unit is providing prime hunting habitat for the refuge’s kestrels, harriers and hawks
- April 04, 2016
In response to decreasing wildlife populations, conservationists have called for more protected and managed shrublands. To address this, the Service worked with partners to propose the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge. A draft environmental assessment was distributed for public review and comment. The comment period has now closed.Learn more
Introducing the Division of Refuge Law Enforcement, National Wildlife Refuge System Turn In Poachers, or TIPs, hotline. Please contact this phone number to report any unlawful activities observed on the refuge. 1-844-NWR-TIPS (697-8477).
The federally threatened bog turtle can be found in wetlands throughout the Wallkill River valley and the Papakating Creek Watershed. Endangered by habitat loss and poaching (the diminutive turtle is favored among illegal pet traders), this turtle is an important focus of the refuge’s conservation work. Due to their listed status, refuge public use areas are located away from sensitive bog turtle habitats.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2016