Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 34

YOUNG forest habitat like this 7-year-old cut is important for many species of wildlife, yet it’s becoming increasing rare here and throughout the Northeast as our forests age.

Dave Gustafson

How you manage your forest can make a big difference in your local area for many of these wildlife species. And on a larger scale, in combination with other private landowners and public land managers, these habitat projects can create core areas for wildlife on the larger landscape scale, and even at the regional scale. Pennsylvania will most likely represent the largest component of young forest habitat in the Northeast, and will become the core or last available habitat for many species in the coming decades. But we can’t do it alone, we need your willingness to manage your forests to make it happen. How much does it cost? In most cases, nothing. The comMike Pruss

mercial saw log harvest can generate significant revenue, depending on the acreage and tree composition. Commercial chipping can also generate revenue, but usually the area needs to be larger, around 50 acres, for companies to be interested. Noncommercial harvests and thinnings can be done simultaneously with a commercial harvest to balance the cost with the commercial revenue. Finally, there are habitat programs that can help you achieve your young forest goals. If you own a forested or old field area that is wet much of the year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Partners for Fish and Wildlife” has funding to assist with restoring your property to a young forest or non-forested wetland to benefit American woodcock and golden-winged warblers. Organizations such as the Wildlife Management Institute, Ruffed Grouse Society and Pheasants Forever have experts that can provide technical assistance. If you are a Hunter Access Cooperator with the Game Commission, or are willing to enroll, we currently have funding to fully implement forest habitat projects (greater than 10 acres) on private lands. With this program, contractors are hired by the Game Commission to implement the project, minimizing the workload and expense for the landowner. To get more information on our Hunter Access Program habitat initiative, contact the PGC region office for your area, or the author at the Harrisburg headquarters office. 
PRIVATE landowners hold the key to helping the many species of wildlife imperilled today because young forest habitat is becoming increasingly hard to find.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Slow Down
Unconventional Calling Bags Bedford County Longbeard
Cabling with Grandsons
Dumpster Bears
Two for a Turkey
Operation Talon
Passing It On
Hunting Small Woods Turkeys
Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
How Young is that Forest?
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 - March 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Slow Down
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Unconventional Calling Bags Bedford County Longbeard
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cabling with Grandsons
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Dumpster Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Two for a Turkey
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Operation Talon
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Passing It On
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Hunting Small Woods Turkeys
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - How Young is that Forest?
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 41
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cover4
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