Erwin Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located five miles west of the city of Corning, in New York’s Southern Tier. Erwin WMA was purchased by New York State in 1928, which makes it one of the state’s oldest WMAs. Under DEC management, multiple projects have been completed to improve habitat and public access, including road and trail construction, timber harvests to thin or regenerate areas of the forest, and development of several impoundments.
Nearly 95 percent of the property is forested. It provides exceptional habitat for numerous wildlife species. Several scattered fields and ponds are located on the WMA. Erwin Pond offers opportunities for public fishing. It contains a variety of common warm-water fish species, including largemouth bass, sunfish, chain pickerel and bullhead.
Hunting is one of the most popular activities on Erwin WMA. Visitors can find popular game species, such as black bear, gray squirrel, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey. Furbearers, such as bobcat and fisher, also occur here and provide a good opportunity for trapping. Birding is another rewarding activity on the WMA. You can find more information about the Erwin WMA in the August issue of the Conservationist.