The 253-acre former golf course on the property has little habitat value to wildlife in its current state. The Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ (CWF) are partnering to restore and improve wildlife habitat on the former golf course portion of the Villas WMA.
Last year CWF began restoration efforts by planting over 900 tree seedlings on a former fairway. This spring CWF needs volunteers to help plant more tree seedlings to reforest additional former fairways.
Planting will begin the week of March 29 and will continue until all the available seedlings are planted. If interested in volunteering or know of a large group that would be interested in volunteering to help plant trees please contact: Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, ben.wurst@conservewildlifenj.
The Ponderlodge Plan can be viewed at http://www.njfishandwildlife.
NJ Wildlife Management Areas http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/wmaland.htm