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Chapter News - May 01, 2010

Habitat 2010

Habitat 2010

Date: Saturday, May 01, 2010

IT'S ALL ABOUT HABITAT

The three most important things that will improve the quality and quantity of wildlife is habitat, habitat and habitat. That is an old line but still very true. Pheasants Forever's members are truly passionate about conservation and creating, preserving and restoring habitat that benefits pheasants, rabbits and other wildlife. That's why Pheasants Forever provides one of the most efficient conservation model of any organization. PF's unique model empowers local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally-raised conservation funds will be spent. Whether it's through improving habitat, informing the public about land management or educating future generations of hunting enthusiasts, conservation is the underlying principle in all we do at the grassroots level of our chapters.

John Deere tractor and the no-till drill working the Kyler Road Area of the new PGC lands

PF Chapter 630 sponsored the spreading of a Domtar by-product on 10 acres of the new PA State Game lands off Kyler Road near Dagus Mines. This facilitated the successful planting of annual row crops by the PA Game Commission such as corn, sorghum and sunflowers. This will provide a valuable food source this fall and winter. The PGC has other varied and valuable projects on the these new game lands.

The Kyler Road Tract was planted with 52 acres of warm season perennial grasses by PF that will provide great habitat and cover. The mix includes switch grass, big blue stem, little blue stem, Indian grass and wild flowers. This habitat should be 6 foot tall in the second year. Our no-till equipment and tractor are coupled with an herbicide spray to have less of an impact on erosion and requires less man-hours.

There were 18 acres of food plots planted on the Kocjancic tract. A WHIP contract for habitat covered the cost of 275 acres of warm season grass planted on this tract.

Veolia and Fox Township Sportsmen help manage a 350 acre youth hunting area. PF assisted Craig Barr in planting 15 acres of row crops and some grass. These fields will be ready this fall for enjoyment of the young hunters.

The PF crew planted 15 acres of clover, oats, chicory, sorghum and sunflowers on a youth hunting area in Emporium area. The private land owner funded the project and often welcomes mentored youth hunts on his land.

We value all of our successful partnerships with the PA Game Commission, Domtar, Veolia, and the Fox Township Sportsmen. Over 100 volunteers hours have been logged by the PF habitat crew just this spring.

We have a tractor and no-till drill for hire along with the technology and knowledge to help your habitat or reclamation project become a success. Please contact Jared Kuleck at jdkkuleck@yahoo.com or Chris Yeager at chris23@windstream.net to discuss your project.

Isn’t it about time you got involved? Pheasants Forever's next meeting is, Thursday, July, 15, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Capital City fire hall on Front Street in Ridgway, PA. Visit our recently updated web site at http://www.northcentralpapf.org/