WASHINGTON COUNTY GRASSLANDS, FORT EDWARD
Thanks to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Fish & Wildlife and Division of Lands & Forests staff for their work to conserve, manage and protect New York’s grasslands - and for their support of Grassland Bird Trust!
Thanks to DEC wildlife biologists and technicians who manage and maintain state lands in the Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area (WMA) with the help of DEC general services staff! They also manage invasive species, build trails and viewing platforms, conduct bird surveys, install and monitor kestrel and bluebird nest boxes and perform other duties as necessary.
Thanks to DEC forest rangers who monitor the WMA and surrounding lands to protect grassland birds and educate the public about the importance of conserving the birds and their habitat. Rangers are designated as police officers with full statewide authority. They will exercise that authority when necessary, but place a high value on education and stewardship.
DEC staff work closely with GBT to protect and manage critical habitat for endangered and threatened birds. We work together on land conservation, stewardship, public education and creating infrastructure to support increasing wildlife viewing tourism to the region.
COMING IN 2020: A new wildlife viewing trail, universally accessible parking area and viewing blind on the 180 acres added to the Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area (WMA)!