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For more information about the Wildlands Network, consult their website at www.wildlandsnetwork.org. or email at info@wildlandsnetwork.org. You can also call them at 877-554-5234 or write to P.O. Box 5284, Titusville, Florida 32783-5284. You can still read John Davis’s blog at www.wildlandsnetwork.org/trekeast/blog and get many ideas for wild places to visit in eastern North America. Our son, Dave’s blog, at www.vianegativa.us has the interview with Emily Reddy for WPSU and John’s three audio accounts of his visit here. Just type in “John Davis” in the search bar on the right of his blog’s opening page.

day to meet with Liz Johnston of The Nature Conservancy. On a terrifically hot afternoon, she showed him some of their new preserve on southern Brush Mountain. This preserve had been badly logged before The Nature Conservancy could acquire it, so it is now a restoration project. “Part of TNC’s work in confronting climate change is mapping sensitive habitats and key wildlife connections,” Davis wrote in his blog, “and trying to direct energy exploitation [especially industrial wind farms and Marcellus shale extraction] away from these areas.” Because our land is on northern Brush Mountain, it m a d e sense for Davis to camp out here. Our Blair County has a lot of public land, but it is mostly Game Lands, where camping is forbidden. Besides, he wanted to learn more about a possible wildlife corridor along the mountaintop from our land to that of The Nature Conservancy’s. Geologically, Brush Mountain is part of the Bald Eagle Ridge that stretches from Williamsport south to Tennessee, as well as the westernmost ridge in the Ridge-and-Valley Province. None of the
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large landowners on Brush Mountain, including the Game Commission, have allowed industrial wind farms on their property so, except for a scattering of homes above Altoona, the ridge top is relatively wild. And, as we learned not long ago, fishers were able to move around whatever obstacles exist to reach our property. We told Davis about my recent Allegheny woodrat sighting, and he quickly turned information about the woodrats’ need for connectivity into a podcast, also a part of his daily outreach to those following his trek online. Another part of his outreach was through the media, so the following morning a local radio reporter from Penn State’s WPSU stopped by for an interview. Davis, our son, Dave, and I accompanied her for a short walk to see Davis’s camping setup and our 3-acre deer exclosure. Davis talked about his trek and his vision for an Eastern Wildway, telling her that we “need to rekindle people’s love of wild places” and promote the preservation of such places. He believes nature is resilient and can recover from over-exploitation if only we give it a chance. “We really need to make changes knitting back habitats in the East before it’s too late,” Davis said. He also explained to her about the changes in Pennsylvania’s forests because of deer pressure, and especially emphasized the dangers of forest fragmentation to our more charismatic and rare creatures, although he observed that mountaintop natural communities in central Pennsylvania seemed to
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Ye Ole Gun Shoppe
For Better, For Worse — Love Me, Love My Dog
Confidence
The Smiley Face Case
Prescribed Fire Brings Improved Habitat on Hunter Access Property
The Final Hunt
The Farmer’s Friend
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Ye Ole Gun Shoppe
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - For Better, For Worse — Love Me, Love My Dog
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Confidence
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Smiley Face Case
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Prescribed Fire Brings Improved Habitat on Hunter Access Property
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Final Hunt
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Farmer’s Friend
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2012 - Crossings
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