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NJ DEP announces emergency seasonal closures in five Wildlife Management Areas until Sept. 15, including Wildcat Ridge in Morris County

NEW JERSEY – Due to large crowds of individuals and unauthorized activities creating an unsafe environment at relatively small areas within NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s over 350,000 acres WMA system, six localized areas of the Cedar Lake, Greenwood Forest, Menantico Ponds, Wildcat Ridge, and Winslow Wildlife Management Areas are being closed to public access, officials said.

“This difficult decision was made to protect the public, Conservation Police Officers and the surrounding habitat. The emergency closures are pursuant to N.J.S.A. 23:7-9 and N.J.A.C. 7:25-2.26 and are effective immediately until September 15, 2021,” officials said.

Closure are descriptions and maps:

  • Cedar Lake WMA (Monroe Twp., Gloucester Co.): That portion of Cedar Lake WMA commonly referred to as the Sand Plant: All Division property within the boundary beginning at the intersection of Jackson Rd. and W. Piney Hollow Rd.; north on W. Piney Hollow Rd. to Rt. 322; east on Rt. 322 to Cains Mill Rd.; south on Cains Mill Rd. to Malaga Rd.; south on Malaga Rd. to E. Reading Ave.; south on E. Reading Ave. to Lake Ave.; south on Lake Ave. to Jackson Rd.; west on Jackson Rd. to the starting point at W. Piney Hollow Rd. Cedar Lake WMA Closure Map (pdf)
  • Greenwood Forest WMA (Ocean Co., two separate areas): A posted area commonly referred to as Parkers Pit within Greenwood Forest WMA: All Division property within the area beginning at the intersection of Rt. 539 and Bryant Rd. and following Bryant Rd. to its intersection with Jones Rd.; along Jones Rd. to its intersecon with Cooks Rd.; along Cooks Rd. to its intersection with Rt. 539; along Rt. 539 to the starting point at Bryant Rd. A posted area commonly referred to as the Clay Holes within Greenwood Forest WMA: All Division property within the following roads and boundaries beginning at the intersection of Lauries Rd. and Woodmansie Rd.; travelling southeast on Woodmansie Rd. to intersection of Clay Mine Rd.; North on Clay Mine Rd. to its intersection with Bloody Ridge Rd.; West on Bloody Ridge Rd. to the boundary of Greenwood WMA and Woodland Sand Company; follow boundary of Greenwood WMA and Woodland Sand Company to intersection with Lauries Rd.; follow Lauries Rd. to the starting point at Woodmansie Rd. Greenwood Forest WMA Closures Map (pdf)
  • Menantico Ponds WMA (Millville, Cumberland Co.): All properties owned by the Division identified as the Menantico Ponds WMA and the access road into the area from Route 49. Menantico Ponds WMA Closure Map (pdf)
  • Wildcat Ridge WMA (Rockaway Twp., Morris Co.): A posted area along Splitrock Reservoir (commonly referred to as the cliffs) within the Wildcat Ridge WMA, starting approximately 8/10th of mile north of the western side of the dam at Splitrock Road along an unmarked trail that follows the shoreline terminating ¼ of a mile past the area of the cliffs.Wildcat Ridge WMA Closure Map (pdf)
  • Winslow WMA (Winslow, Camden Co.:) That portion of Winslow WMA commonly referred to as Winslow East or the Hot Mix section: All Division property within the boundary beginning at the intersection of Rt. 322 and Piney Hollow Rd.; north along Piney Hollow Rd. to its intersection with Folsom Rd. (Rt. 73); southeast on Folsom Rd. to its intersection with the Camden-Gloucester County boundary; south along the Camden-Gloucester County boundary to its intersection with Rt. 322; west along Rt. 322 to the starting point at the intersection with Piney Hollow Rd. Winslow WMA Closure Map (pdf)

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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