Wallkill River NWR's efforts to include urban communities as conservation partners have gained national recognition. Read more about our innovative partnership with the Yonkers, NY non-profit organization Groundwork here.
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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.