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N AT I V E g r a s s a n d wildflower restorations of strip mines create much needed habitat for native grassland nesting birds, and great places to hunt stocked pheasants.

small volume of residual trees were left, it will develop into goldenwinged warbler habitat in a very short time. The remaining part of the project is a 100acre native grass establishment, recovering a non-productive abandoned strip mine, dominated by Kentucky-31 tall fescue, to a native grassland with wildflowers. Once established, the grassland will support a wide array of grassland nesting birds during the spring, and summer and fall pheasant stockings by the Commission to provide a great new recreational opportunity for local hunters. The grass plantings take some planning, beginning with a fall herbicide application to kill the detrimental tall fescue, and finishing with the spring planting of a mix of native grasses and wildflowers by Hilltop Seed Company of Clarion, PA. So how did this all happen? The regional Land Management Supervisor, Barry Zaffuto, recognized the potential of this site and approached the landowner with the plan. Our regional diversity biologist, Tammy Colt, assistant regional forester, Neil Itle, land management group supervisor, Dan Yahner, and game lands maintenance supervisor, Josh Fuqua coordinated with the landowner to develop a plan that met the needs of the landowner and would result in beneficial wildlife habitat. The Game Commission solicited bids for the project components, selecting the most cost effective offers, and issued contracts. The contractors began work this fall, and the final contract element, plantMAY	 2012	

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ing the native grasses, will be done this spring, bringing the total project footprint to 320 acres, significantly improving the surrounding landscape both on and off the property for a wide array of wildlife from ruffed grouse and white-tailed deer to golden-winged warblers and Henslows’ sparrows. Most importantly, this adds 2,020 private land acres to the Hunter Access program, with 320 improved acres of pheasant and woodcock hunting habitat to help accommodate our increased pheasant stocking distribution this fall. Habitat projects, such as native grass plantings and young forest creation, can be as small as 10 acres, and are fully funded by the VPA-HIP grant, no cost-share required. Our next generation of hunters needs a great place to hunt, just like we had, and your property can make the difference to a new young hunter. If you think you would be interested in a similar habitat project, and are willing to allow hunters to hunt on your property, please contact your local regional office and inquire about our new Hunter Access habitat opportunities. 
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012
History of the Whitetail
26 Days for a Gobbler
I Took a Stand
Enemies Among Us
The Smile Says It All
Wild Turkey Trivia
Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
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 - May 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 2
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 26 Days for a Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - I Took a Stand
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Enemies Among Us
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 11
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Smile Says It All
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Trivia
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 28
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Crossings
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