The former Wright property, located just west of Cecilton, Maryland, was acquired by the Department of Natural Resources in March 2008. The 744-acre tract is dedicated to wildlife conservation.
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Grove Farm WMA is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The mission of the Wildlife and Heritage Service is to conserve and enhance diverse wildlife populations and associated habitats while providing for public enjoyment of the State’s wildlife resources through hunting and other wildlife-dependent recreation. Grove Farm WMA provides habitat for migratory waterfowl and upland and forest wildlife species including white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, rabbits, and songbirds.
Grove Farm WMA consists of 745 acres. A farming lease encompasses 228 acres of agricultural crops. Combined there is roughly 392 acres of early successional and deciduous hardwood forest land. Tidal swamps and tidal fresh water marshes encompass about 52 acres. Land management practices follow the prescribed Wildlife Management Area Vision Plan.
Grove Farm WMA is unique in that it is home to the federally threatened and state endangered Puritan Tiger Beetle. The 24 acres of sandy beach/cliff out crop is home to many cliff-obligate species.
Unless otherwise posted or with a permit issued by the Service it is UNLAWFUL to:
Public hunting on Grove Farm WMA is permitted during legal hunting seasons with restrictions (see below). A free permit is required and available from the DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service Gwynnbrook Wildlife Office or online. Hunting is available for all legal game species in accordance with current hunting laws and regulations established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Grove Farm WMA is open year-round to non-hunters. No permit or reservation is needed. Be aware of active hunting seasons. The property is open for the following activities:
Grove Farm WMA is located on Grove Neck Rd (Rt. 282) west of Cecilton, Maryland. Public access to this area is on Grove Neck Rd and Hazelmoore Rd. For additional information or seasonal permits, contact the Gwynnbrook Wildlife and Heritage Service Office at 410-356-9272.
Photo Credit: Eastern Wild Turkeys, photo by Lori Bramble
This area is a part of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources public land system and is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The primary mission of the WMA system is to conserve and enhance wildlife populations and their respective habitats as well as to provide public recreational use of the State’s wildlife resources.
Eighty-five percent of the funding for Maryland's state wildlife programs comes from hunting license fees and a federal excise tax on sport hunting devices and ammunition. The federal aid funds are derived from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (or Pittman-Robertson) Fund, which sportsmen and women have been contributing to since 1937. Each state receives a share of the funds, which is administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; these funds are used for wildlife conservation and hunter education programs, including the management of the WMA system.
Other sources of funds for land acquisition include Program Open Space Funding for Maryland's State and local parks and conservation areas, provided through The Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space. Established in 1969, Program Open Space symbolizes Maryland's long-term commitment to conserving natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities.
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