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Creating early successional forest habitat at Flatbrook-Roy WMA in Sussex County

SUSSEX COUNTY – The Division of Fish and wildlife recently hired a vendor to hydroax two parcels of land in the Flatbrook-Roy Wildlife Management Area located in Sandyston and Walpack Townships in Sussex County.

The hydro-ax machines mow down small and mid-sized trees and brush, spurring a dense regrowth of smaller trees and shrubs. The two parcels total approximately fourteen acres and are located near Struble and Brook Roads.

Both parcels were last cut approximately twenty-five years ago and in order to maintain early successional forest habitat, upon which so many species depend, it is necessary to periodically cut trees to set forest succession back. Golden-winged warblers, ruffed grouse and other species rely on this early successional habitat.

Today, only 5% of New Jersey’s forest remains in early-successional stages of development, and many of our grassland or early-successional species of wildlife are on the decline. Providing this habitat will help these species rebound.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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