2016 Refuge Deer Hunting Permits
Beginning Monday, August 1, at 7:00 pm, NINE (9) permits will be available for online purchase on a first-come, first-served basis.
What's HappeningApril 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
About the Complex
This complex also includes Wallkill River and Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuges.
Shawangunk Grasslands is managed as part of the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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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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Important Things to Know
On April 15, USFWS staff and State partners from New York and Pennsylvania gathered to conduct a prescribed burn on 170 acres of grassland habitat. The fire will help to maintain high quality grassland habitat for State-listed species such as the short-eared owl, savannah sparrow, grasshopper sparrow, and horned lark, 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.
Shawangunk Grasslands NWR is a natural area without restroom facilities or potable water sources. Please plan accordingly before visiting.Information to plan your visit.
Shawangunk Grasslands offers a variety of ways to enjoy the refuge including wildlife viewing, photography and hunting.Learn about activities on the refuge
Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge was established to support grassland-dependent migratory birds and wintering raptors. The refuge has been identified as a Biodiversity Focus Area and an Important Bird Area (Audubon New York), a designation given only to places that support significant abundance and diversity of birds.
Page Photo Credits Shawangunk Grasslands - Steven Brooks., All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Shawangunk grasslands in winter - Steven Brooks, Winter at Shawangunk - Steven Brooks, Spring meadow - Steven Brooks, Short-eared owl - Ed Frampton
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2016