French Creek Wildlife Management Area

About This Priority Conservation Area

French Creek Wildlife Management Area is a 2,300-acre parcel. Small game and songbirds are found here in the open meadows and hardwood uplands. Oak and hickory trees provide nut mast for wildlife to eat. Waterfowl and furbearers also find suitable homes in the cattail marsh which borders the open water of French Creek.

Both small rowboats and canoes can be used in the broad channel of the creek. Unpaved roads within the WMA provide good access, but foot travel is the primary means of moving through the area. There are no designated trails, but hiking is allowed throughout the property.

Confirmed Invasive Species Observations

Confirmed observations of SLELO’s tiered invasive species at French Creek WMA PCA. For more information, visit iMapInvasives

Tier List Species Recorded at This PCA

The invasive species tiers guide management priorities in New York State and are utilized by the Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management or PRISM network. The species in each tier are categorized by their distribution, abundance, and available management options, and may vary depending on the region. The species listed below are the species categorized in the SLELO PRISM region. View a full list of tiered species in the SLELO PRISM.  Learn about New York State Invasive Species Tiers and view a Story-Map

Tier 1 Species

Early Detection/Prevention 

The management approach is early detection & prevention. Species are not known to be in the SLELO region but are within 100 miles and an introduction pathway exists. 

Species Recorded at This PCA

No tier 1 species are found at this PCA at this time. 

Tier 2 Species


The management approach is eradication. Species are known to be present in the SLELO region but are in low abundance with suitable treatment methods available to make eradication feasible with Priority Conservation Areas. 

Species Recorded at This PCA

No tier 2 species are found at this PCA at this time. 

Tier 3 Species


The management approach is containment/exclusion. Species are too widespread for eradication from the region, but some areas remain unaffected. Targeted management can be used to suppress the population within Priority Conservation Areas. 

Species Recorded at This PCA
  • Common buckthorn
  • Common reed grass
  • Glossy Buckthorn
  • Pale swallow-wort
  • Japanese Knotweed

Tier 4 Species

Suppression/Local Control

The management approach is suppression/local control. Species are present and widespread throughout the region with no chance of eradication. Localized management is applied to protect high-priority resources like rare plant habitats or recreation areas. 

Species Recorded at This PCA
  • Curly-leaved pondweed
  • Eurasian water-milfoil
  • European frog-bit
  • Honeysuckle spp. 
  • Purple loosestrife  
  • Wild Parsnip 

Tier 5 Species


The management approach is to monitor. Species may or may not be in the region but are difficult to respond to or require more knowledge of distribution, and management options. 

Species Recorded at This PCA

No tier 5 species are found at this PCA at this time. 

Species Recorded at this PCA that are not listed in SLELO PRISM's Tiers

  • Canada Thistle 
  • Coltsfoot 
  • Common Mullein 
  • Ground Ivy
  • Inula helenium (elecampane) 
  • Japanese Beetles

PCA Evaluations (Score Cards)

Treatment Reports

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