Basha Kill ARea Association

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We serve as a local watchdog for the wetland by being alert to threats such as pollution, vandalism and unwise development

Our Programs

50+

Years Experience

SINCE 1972

ABOUT US

We Are Here To Improve Our Ecosystems

Since our founding in 1972, the BKAA mission has been to protect the Basha Kill wetlands and surrounding area from ecological degradation, to promote education and respect for the environment in general and to preserve the beauty of the area. The Association consists of some 800 members working together to preserve the unspoiled quality of the beautiful and unique Basha Kill. We serve as a local watchdog for the wetland by being alert to threats such as pollution, vandalism and unwise development.

Key Aspects About Us

Environmental Monitoring
Community Engagement
Partnership & Collaboration
Legal Action
Restoration
Advocacy
ABOUT BASHA KILL WMA

Preserve Wildlife Let's Do It
Together Right Now

The Basha Kill lies in the valley between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Catskills, flowingsouth from about Summitville to join the Neversink River below the wetlands, and on to the Delaware River. The marsh was formed several times naturally as hurricanes washed debrisdown the Pine Kill, depositing it across the Basha Kill at Westbrookville.

About Basha Kill WMA

The Basha Kill lies in the valley between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Catskills, flowingsouth from about Summitville to join the Neversink River below the wetlands, and on to theDelaware River. The marsh was formed several times naturally as hurricanes washed debrisdown the Pine Kill, depositing it across the Basha Kill at Westbrookville.

Threats

The Bashakill Wetlands, a unique and biodiverse ecosystem in New York, faces significant ecological threats from invasive species, notably the Northern Snakehead. This predatory fish, originating from Asia, poses a severe risk to local aquatic habitats due to its aggressive nature and voracious appetite. The Northern Snakehead competes with native species for food and habitat, often preying on fish, amphibians, and even small birds and mammals, which can lead to a decline in native species populations.

Basha Kill Wildlife Magement Area

The WMA has grown to include approximately 3,107 acres.In 1972, the State of New York through the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), purchased over 2,000 acres of wetland and adjoining upland to create the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area (WMA). When possible as additional properties around the wetland have come up for sale, the state has added more acreage to the Wildlife Management Area.

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Discover Basha Kill Field Guide

The Basha Kill Wetlands: A Field Guide (2007) is available for sale in Wurtsboro at the Canal Towne Emporium and at the Bashakill Vineyards at 1131 South Road near the main boat launch for the Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area. It is also for sale in Livingston Manor at Morgan Outdoors