The former Ben-Lee property was acquired by the Department of Natural Resources in March 2019. The 1,172 acre tract is dedicated to wildlife conservation.
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Browns Branch 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. Browns Branch WMA consists of 1,172 acres which includes a 682 acre agriculture lease. The remaining acreage mainly consists of deciduous forest land, with several small freshwater ponds and streams located throughout the property. A WMA Vision plan will be developed in the near future to guide future habitat management practices on the property. Browns Branch WMA provides habitat for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, migratory waterfowl, and songbirds.
Unless otherwise posted or with a permit issued by the Service it is UNLAWFUL to:
Public hunting on Browns Branch 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.
Browns Branch 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:
Browns Branch WMA is located southwest of the intersection of US 301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) and Rt. 300 (Sudlersville Road). The property is bordered by Sudlersville Road to the north, US 301 to the east, and Hall Road to the south. Three parking lots are located around the property. Two parking lots can be accessed from Sudlersville Road, with the other parking lot located along Hall Road. For additional information or seasonal permits, contact the Gwynnbrook Wildlife Office at 410-356-9272.
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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