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PGC Field Forester ROY BUCHER looks on while Southcentral Region Biologist JUSTIN VREELAND explains how wildlife considerations are incorporated into the agency’s timber management plans. from a local Audubon chapter monitor golden-winged warbler numbers. “I fully expect to see deer, grouse, bears and turkeys to increase here, as a result of our forest treatments, and I’m hopeful golden-winged warbler numbers increase as well.” Brad Myers, PGC Land Management Group Supervisor, explained that managing a Game Lands is a collaborative effort among agency foresters, biologists and land managers, and also the private sector. Like many Game Lands, SGL 322 is traversed by a utility right-of-way (ROW) corridor. “Penelec is an electrical service company that requires ROWs to be open enough for maintenance vehicles to maneuver, and I work closely with them on corridor management,” Myers said. “Like most utility companies, Penelec works closely with the Game Commission to maintain these corridors while minimizing chemicals and other practices detrimental to wildlife. Scrub oak stands on Penelec’s Suppes ROW are excellent for wildlife yet do not interfere with towers and high voltage transmission lines.” Myers also discussed how log landings, after a sale, are turned into herbaceous openings, conifer cover and other beneficial wildlife habitat that lasts long after a timber sale. Elsewhere in the Game Lands, Vreeland pointed out the importance of vernal ponds and their sensitivity to improper logging and road building practices. “Often thousands of years old,” Vreeland mentioned, “vernal pools generally hold water for only a portion of the year, usually during important wildlife breeding seasons. They are fishless and are normally fed by snowmelt and rain. Because vernal pools are not always easy to identify, they can be easily disturbed or destroyed by haul roads, logging skid trails and improper tree felling in APRIL 2009 and near the pool. A healthy forest environment, though, benefits from vernal pools, due to their importance to frogs, amphibians, salamanders, rare plants and invertebrates, along with ducks, deer, bears, bats and a host of other species.” Vreeland explained how to spot vernal pools during the dry season and offered many alternatives for relocating roads and log landings to protect the integrity of these important wildlife areas while not affecting a logger’s profit margin. Roy Bucher concluded the tour by saying, “What goes on in State Game Lands management is not always apparent to the casual observer. But trained forestry personnel can, likewise, miss some real opportunities to benefit wildlife while working for a landowner or company to get a maximum profit. As I hope we’ve demonstrated here today, helping wildlife and making a profit do not have to be exclusive of one another.” 9

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
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 46
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
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover4
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