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.
During 2015, our chapter planted and restored 36 acres of nesting cover, managed 1 prescribed burn, restored 6.75 acres of wetlands, planted 19 acres of pollinator habitat and planted 7,000 trees and 8,000 shrubs. These projects were all completed by crews and volunteers from Centre, Clinton, Snyder and Union Counties. We are also working on establishing a Wild Pheasant Restoration Area in Penns Valley, like the ones at Central Susquehanna, Pike Run, Somerset, Hegins-Gratz and Cumberland Valley.
In 2010, the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Pheasants Forever planted and restored 18 acres of warm season grasses, managed one controlled burn, restored 62 acres of wetland and planted 55 acres of trees and shrubs. These projects were all completed by crews and volunteers from Centre, Clinton, Snyder and Union Counties. We are also working on establishing a Wild Pheasant Restoration Area in Penns Valley, like the ones at Montour Preserve, Pike Run, Somerset, and Hegins-Gratz.
Jesse Putnam, Habitat Forever Crew Leader and Central Pennsylvania Chapter Volunteer, stands in front of a Truax Drill used to plant warm-season grasses to provide upland bird cover. This site was planted with switchgrass and big bluestem along with a wildflower mix. Cooperators along with the Central Pennsylvania Chapter included the landowner, the Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
As Timmons says in Dances with Wolves, “I’ll bet someone back east is going, ‘Now why don’t he write?'” Well, it’s cold, very cold. Three days in a row of sub zero temperatures. Normally I would never complain about temperatures below zero, with the real feel near -25, but… When you add several miles a day on a snowmobile, that real feel is amplified. It was cold today. The local Montanans were even complaining about how cold it was.
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