Hunting Permit Process Changes
Refuge permits must now be purchased online.
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Wallkill River NWR's efforts in reaching urban youth have become a nationally recognized partnership.
Art Exhibit on Display Through November
NJ Junior Duck Stamp Artwork on Display at Refuge Headquarters
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
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.
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Around the Refuge
Oriental bittersweet, while it may be pretty, is choking off important vegetation and creating havoc in the Northeast. Originally grown as an ornamental, it has spread throughout the region where its aggressive growth can smother trees, shrubs and other vegetation.
This leafy, deciduous, sprawling, twining vine climbs up and over woody plants and other supporting objects. Its dense foliage can shade out and eventually kill saplings and trees.
Oriental bittersweet climbs over and smothers herbaceous plants on the ground as well as tall trees and shrubs. Its sprawling growth monopolizes light and water resources. In can twine tightly as it climbs, constricting and eventually girdling shrubs, tree limbs or entire trees as both continue to grow. Tangled mats of vines in trees can make them top-heavy and increase their susceptibility to wind and ice damage. Because Oriental bittersweet can hybridize with American bittersweet, in may someday threaten the genetic integrity of the native species.
The refuge actively controls Oriental bittersweet to ensure our natural diversity and heritage, by aiding our native plants, trees, and shrubs.
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: Nov 14, 2014