Impoundments on the Upper Township side of the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area — formerly MacNamara — will be closed through mid-winter, the state Department of Environmental Protection said last week.

Contractors are installing new water-control structures, and the closing is a public safety measure, DEP said.

Impoundments are raised roads cutting through wet areas at the WMA.

Pheasant hunting and stocking can continue in other areas of the WMA, but hunters will not be permitted to hunt pheasants along the impoundment dike.

The work to restore the 70-year old migratory bird impoundments at the WMA is being done with a $1 million grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, DEP said. Its Division of Fish and Wildlife worked with Ducks Unlimited, Cape May County Mosquito Control and the DEP Green Acres Program to receive the funds.

— Michelle Brunetti Post

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