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Chapter News - April 01, 2008

Habitat Planting Keeps Pheasants Forever Busy

Date: Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Chris Yeager dedicates many hours each spring planting habitat for wildlife and Pheasants Forever. It doesn't hurt that he likes to drive a tractor. He also likes knowing that the results of his work will benefit animals for years to come. 'It takes 3'5 years for a warm season grass field to fully establish itself,' says Chris. He and his team have recently completed 510 acres of Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) planting in Potter and McKean counties, most using warm season grass mixes. Fifteen acres were on games lands and the rest of the acreage is idled farm land. They also found time to plant 10 acres in the Fox Township Youth Hunting area. He already has over 700 acres booked for federal CREP planting in 2009.

Warm season grasses are a favorable alternative to other crops that take tons and tons of fertilizer and lime. Lime is 4 times what it used to cost and fertilizer prices are out of sight.

Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 now has 2 large tractors and 2 planting drills. The huge increase in diesel prices increased the cost of all of Pheasant Forever planting this year.

If you are interested in planting habitat for wildlife on your land, it may be to your benefit to look into the Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Program (WHIP). This money is for habitat planting and will be ear marked by the end of August 2008. Anyone can apply but land is ranked using a point system to help insure that the dollars are well used. Contact Gary Swope at the DuBois NRCS Office at 814-375-2125 ext. 114 for an application and ranking information. Pheasant Forever Chapter 630 will be available to help you get the seed in the ground next spring.

Feel the need to get involved? Pheasants Forever meeting dates for 2008 will be as follows: Odd month meetings will be held on the second Monday of each month. Even month meetings will be held on the second Sunday of each month. Therefore, the July 2008 meeting will be held Monday, July 14, 2008, 7PM at the Capital City fire hall on Front Street in Ridgway, PA. For more information, call Jane at 814-772-4604. Visit www.pheasantsforever.org.