Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 26

Habitat for Hunter Access Cooperators
By Mike Pruss
Private Lands Section Chief

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INCE THE creation of Pennsylvania’s first Hunter Access program in 1936, helping private landowners improve their wildlife habitat has been a primary goal. This is vitally important because the vast majority of wildlife habitat is on private lands. While over the years our ability to meet this demand has varied with our budget, thanks to the recent award of federal Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Improvement Program (VPAHIP) funds, we’re able to offer, for a limited time, no-cost habitat projects to private landowners enrolled in our Hunter Access Program. What better way to ensure the strong traditions of Pennsylvania wildlife habitat and hunting will continue into the next generation? What Kind of Habitat is Needed? We are focusing on the habitat

MECHANICAL chopping and spraying of invasive shrubs in old fields is but one way to develop early successional habitat. While the results may look “messy” at first, the benefits are tremendous in just a short amount of time.

in greatest need in Pennsylvania, which is broadly called “Early Successional Habitat,” or ESH for short. This large umbrella term covers everything from native grasslands to old field shrublands to scrub oak woodlands and regenerating young forestlands. These vegetation types provide homes for species of hunting interest such as cottontail rabbit, white-tailed deer and ruffed grouse, as well as American woodcock and bobwhite quail, which have declined dramatically over the last three decades, as well as some lesser known species that are in real trouble, such as whip-poor-will, golden-winged warbler, brown thrasher and yellow-breasted chat. We have even lost some species in Pennsylvania in the last decade due to the decline in ESH, such as Bewick’s wren and loggerhead shrike. Where is it Needed? The primary challenge for habitat management on private lands is consideration of the overall landscape encompassing the properties and then designing appropriate habitat projects large enough to meet the needs of desired wildlife. This is where the art and science of wildlife habitat management intersect. Every situation is different, but every situation also presents opportunities for the landowner and wildlife. Our professional staff can help design the appropriate project for your property that will provide the best early successional habitat for your location. The secondary challenge is linking willing landowners with technical experts and financial resources to implement a project
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011
History of the Whitetail
Contents
In Those Days
Flintin’ With the Flatlander
Late Season Duck Hunting
The Perfect Opening Day
A Moment for Redemption
Deer Harvest Estimates
Beware the Pogonip
Habitat for Hunter Access Cooperato
The Cadet
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Annual Index
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - In Those Days
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Flintin’ With the Flatlander
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Late Season Duck Hunting
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Perfect Opening Day
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - A Moment for Redemption
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Deer Harvest Estimates
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Beware the Pogonip
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Habitat for Hunter Access Cooperato
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Cadet
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 43
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Annual Index
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - Cover3
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