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Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are protected area
Protected area
Protected areas are locations which receive protection because of their recognised natural, ecological and/or cultural values. There are several kinds of protected areas, which vary by level of protection depending on the enabling laws of each country or the regulations of the international...

s set aside in for the conservation of wildlife and for recreational activities involving wildlife.

United States


In the U.S.
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

, WMAs exist in the following states:
  • Alabama
    Alabama Wildlife Management Areas
    Alabama Wildlife Management Areas are tracts of land which have been established for the conservation and management of natural resources such as wildlife and aquatic life within the State of Alabama...

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
    New York State Wildlife Management Areas
    New York State owns and maintains more than 85 Wildlife Management Areas , with a total area of more than .The Wildlife Management Areas Program is administered by the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources of the Department of Environmental Conservation...

  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Papua New Guinea


In Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea , officially the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, is a country in Oceania, occupying the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and numerous offshore islands...

 a Wildlife Management Area is the simplest form of protected area
Protected area
Protected areas are locations which receive protection because of their recognised natural, ecological and/or cultural values. There are several kinds of protected areas, which vary by level of protection depending on the enabling laws of each country or the regulations of the international...

, that protects an area of land or water while retaining full power to landowners to manage their land. WMAs are managed by an elected committee formed of customary
Customary land
Customary land is land which is owned by Indigenous communities and administered in accordance with their customs, as opposed to statutory tenure usually introduced during the colonial periods. Common ownership is one form of customary land ownership....

 landowners.

List of Wildlife Management Areas in PNG:
  • Tonda Wildlife Management Area
    Tonda Wildlife Management Area
    The Tonda Wildlife Management Area is a wetland of international importance and the largest protected area in Papua New Guinea. It is located in the south-western corner of the Western Province and is contiguous with Wasur National Park of Indonesia...

    , Western Province
  • Crater Mountain WMA, Eastern Highlands Province
  • Kamiali Wildlife Management Area, Morobe Province
  • Lake Kutubu
    Lake Kutubu
    Lake Kutubu is a lake in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. It lies to the east of the Kikori River, into which it eventually drains. It is about 50 km southwest of Mendi, the provincial capital. It is one of the few lakes in the country that occurs in a depression in the...

     WMA, Southern Highlands Province
  • Oi Mada Wara Wildlife Management Area, Goodenough Island, Milne Bay Province
  • Sulamesi Wildlife Management Area, Mount Bosavi
    Mount Bosavi
    Mount Bosavi is a mountain in the Southern Highlands province, Papua New Guinea. It is the collapsed cone of an extinct volcano on the Great Papuan Plateau, part of the Kikori River basin. The crater is approximately 4 km wide and 1 km deep; it is home to a number of unique species.Part...

    , Southern Highlands Province
  • Maza Wildlife Management Area, Western Province