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species. On top of that, the Farm Service Agency will pay Peter an annual land rental payment for the next 15 years. In a similar situation, a landowner had some idle land that he wanted to restore to wetlands. After visiting the site, I recommended the Wetland Reserve Program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. This program provides the technical and financial assistance to restore wetlands on areas that were previously drained for agriculture, whether or not they are currently being farmed. Many Wetland Reserve Program wetlands are also eligible for permanent easements that provide significant financial incentives to landowners interested in long-term protection of their restored wetland. Many areas of Pennsylvania that were historically wetlands have been destroyed or drastically modified. This is unfortunate, because wetlands provide flood control, water quality improvement, groundwater recharge, and wildlife habitat. Fortunately, wetlands can be restored. Agricultural production and development have been the dominant reasons for wetland destruction. In agriculture, it was once common to install underground tiles to drain wetlands so they could be farmed. There are mil- lions of feet of drain tile under the land in Pennsylvania. Even dynamite was used routinely until the 1960s to drain wetlands and straighten streams. Wetlands have also been lost to development for housing, roads and other uses. The acreage of wetlands drained in recent years in Pennsylvania has slowed, but drainage is still occurring. The Game Commission works with the US Department of Agriculture, specifically the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency to restore wetlands on private land. The restoration of a wetland may start with a landowner who wants to enjoy the special landscape. Wetlands are not manicured and tend to have a wild look; they are great places for landowners to enjoy a variety of wildlife oriented activities such as bird watching and hunting. For those who enjoy observing unusual plants, wetlands are a bonanza. An area that was once a wetland but has been converted to other uses can be restored. Your site may look dry, but the soils can tell a different story. The county soil survey may indicate that a site has wetland (hydric) soils. The soil survey is available on the internet at: websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov. Visiting the Natural Resources Conservation Service office for your county can provide detailed information on the soils found on your property. But you don’t have to be a soil scientist to find an old wetland; field observations may also indicate a drained wetland. Look for: wet spots in the field, areas that are wet all spring, tile drain outlets on field edges, ditches, water bubbling out of unusual holes after a heavy rain, or scattered spots of wetCREATING a series of simple potholes in a field disrupts tile drains and alters the water regime, creating wetland habitat diversity. 34 GAME NEWS
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Forestry & Wildlife
Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Spring Gobbler Double Take
The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
The Bender Fields
Death of the Turkey Jinx
WLA is Solid Gold
Wetlands for Wildlife
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Forestry & Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Spring Gobbler Double Take
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Bender Fields
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Death of the Turkey Jinx
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - WLA is Solid Gold
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Wetlands for Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Crossings
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