The Central Pennsylvania Chapter (855) collaborated with the Central Pennsylvania Habitat Forever Crew, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and private landowners on several projects this year.
Our work continued in Penns Valley on the Muddy Creek and Penns Creek riparian buffers by planting shrubs along the stream. We also did maintenance mowing on a 13-acre grassland in a park near Centre Hall, PA. Near State College, volunteers worked on establishing a pollinator plot by spraying invasive poison hemlock along Slab Cabin Run and planting an oats cover. The plot will be planted in a pollinator mix in 2017. We also worked at two local schools to establish pollinator plots. Wetlands were restored and enhanced on two plots in Penns Valley as well. The chapter provided the herbicide for the Pennsylvania Game Commission for approximately 20 acres to establish grassland habitat on State Game Lands 333 in Centre County.
The Fox Gap Rod and Gun Club hosted a Youth Pheasant Hunt with the Penn State Chapter of the Wildlife Society and our chapter – eight kids and eight college-age kids participated. The chapter also hosted a site tour at a stream, riparian, young forest and grassland restoration site at a farm on Penns Creek. Lunch was provided by Woodland Ag. This was held as part of the Pennsylvania State Meeting with chapters from PA and other PF guests on hand.