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mowing shrubs and trees up to 12 inches in diameter, several blocks of encroaching trees and aging scrub oak and laurel have been mowed to create a mosaic of young and old scrub oak habitat. Conifers, notably pitch pines, snags and occasional large, healthy mast-bearing trees such as chestnut oak and serviceberry were left standing. These treatments will be repeated over the THE PGC is considering small-scale controlled burns coming years to expand and on SGL 48 to rejuvenate habitat. maintain the mosaic of habitat types and ages. burns to further rejuvenate both the barThis mechanical treatment will re- rens and savannah communities. Prejuvenate the scrub oak community by scribed fire is often a more efficient manencouraging sprouting from the plants’ agement tool for these systems than reextensive root systems. It will also re- peated mowing, which require significant duce competition and encroachment resources, such as large machinery, fuel, and from red maple, chestnut oak, black maintenance and staff costs. Fire will begum, sassafras, black birch, striped come an important management tool on maple and mountain laurel. this barrens in the future. Small herbaceous openings, anBy reinvigorating the scrub oak thickother historic component of the bar- ets, acorn production and nutritional qualrens community, will be created by ity will increase, providing better forage for scraping areas down to mineral soil deer, bears, turkeys and grouse. In addition, with a bulldozer and seeding with na- stump sprouts will provide browse for deer. tive grasses and forbs to provide nest- Habitat diversity will increase and escape ing and foraging areas for songbirds cover and nesting cover will be maintained and game alike. and increased throughout the barrens comBecause this ecosystem was histori- plex. By managing this rare and critical cally maintained by fires, the Game habitat type, the Game Commission will Commission is also preparing a large provide better habitat for an entire comnetwork, currently totaling more than munity of plants, and game and nongame three miles, of firebreaks with hopes species, while enhancing hunting and wildof introducing small-scale controlled life viewing opportunities.

COVER PAINTING

BY

LAURA MARK-FINBERG

FOLLOWING CAREFUL REVIEW of recent seasons, hunter success rates, and bobcat population changes, starting this year, season length (not limited permits issued by a drawing) will be used to regulate bobcat taking in the specified WMUs. Now, any licensed furtaker can purchase a bobcat permit. Prints of “First Autumn,” featured on this month’s cover, are available from the artist. For ordering information, visit the artist’s website at www.markwildlife.com or call 1-800-836-7779. 20 GAME NEWS


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
Three Centuries and Counting
A Different Perspective
Trappin’ a Bobcat
Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
Looking Back Through Binoculars
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Three Centuries and Counting
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - A Different Perspective
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Trappin’ a Bobcat
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Looking Back Through Binoculars
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - NatureInse
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - NatureInse
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