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on the ground. The VPA-HIP funding helps us pair landowners with PGC technical experts and provide the necessary funding to complete habitat projects. We have available funding for these habitat improvements and want to get projects completed by September 2013. In most cases, that means we need to start implementing them by next fall at the latest. How Big is Big Enough? Project size is set at a minimum of 10 acres, but projects can be as large as the landowner desires; there are no upper limits. We have completed similar projects in excess of 200 acres. The work will be supervised by PGC staff, and completed by private contractors who bid on projects, allowing us to complete more projects in a shorter amount of time. What Does it Look Like? These are not your typical food plots! Some recent examples of projects we have completed include converting a tall fescue grass strip mine to native grasslands and wildflowers, mechanical chopping and spraying of invasive shrubs in old fields, mechanical chopping and burning of declining scrub oak to invigorate new scrub oak re-growth and increased acorn production, felling pole and mature aspen and birch to allow young aspen to re-grow, and non-commercial forest cuttings to provide cover and forage. One of the social challenges of doing these projects is that they sometimes appear “messy” to the human eye, but to wildlife they look awsome. After completion, some projects may take a year or two to really produce habitat results, but, boy,

ONE month post-treatment, above, herbaceous plants are already starting to grow. After only five months, in this instance, after invasive shrub removal, a hawthorn stand has already created a lush herbaceous layer, providing optimal habitat for many species of wildlife.

are they worth it in the long run. How Do I Get Started? If you are in our Hunter Access Program, or are interested in joining, and would like to improve habitat for wildlife on a grand scale, there is no better time than the present to get started. To join our Hunter Access Program, contact your local PGC Region office(contact info is on our website, www.pgc.state.pa.us). If you’re already a cooperator, contact your region office, and let them know you’re interested in early successional habitat management using the VPAHIP program, and they’ll set up a site visit to discuss opportunities. In future issues, we’ll be highlighting specific habitat improvements and get into the details of how they are initiated, designed and implemented, and what wildlife will use them. 

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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
Pennsylvania Game News - December 2011 - 44
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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