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Cherry Valley National Wildlife Range
Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established in December 2008 for the conservation of migratory birds and federal trust species, and the habitats they depend on. The lands and waters of the Cherry Valley have been widely recognized for their valuable natural resources. These include a diverse mosaic of wetland and upland habitats that support an unusually large number of federal trust species, including five federally listed threatened or endangered species. The Kittatinny Ridge (which flanks the south side of the valley) has been designated an Important Bird Area by the Pennsylvania Audubon Society, and is a well-known migration flyway that concentrates up to 20,000 migrating raptors and more than 140 bird species every fall. Large blocks of unfragmented forest along the ridge also serve as valuable breeding areas for interior-forest birds.
Staff are located at the Wallkill River NWR headquarters in Sussex, NJ and may be reached by phone from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Getting There . . .
The refuge is located where Route 33 crosses Lower Cherry Valley Road, in Saylorsburg. Take Route 80 to exit 304 (US-209S) and continue onto US-33S. Take the Saylorsburg exit. Make a left onto State Route 3017/Wilkes Barre Turnpike. Make your first left onto Lower Cherry Valley Road, and turn right at the parking lot immediately after the 33 underpass. Turn right onto the gravel road and follow it through the gate (open only during visiting hours) to the parking lot. Those choosing to navigate by address may use that of the adjacent Sorrenti Winery, which is 130 Lower Cherry Valley Road, Saylorsburg, PA.
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The majority of habitat management conducted at Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge consists of controlling natural succession, which threatens sensitive wetland habitats and open fields with encroachment by woody vegetation such as shrubs and trees. Cutting back vegetation in these areas helps to maintain the diverse mosaic of wetland and upland habitats that wildlife depend on. Techniques include mowing, manual cutting, and application of specific herbicides where necessary to limit re-growth of woody vegetation.