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Game Commission drafted the Northern
Bobwhite Quail Management Plan for
Pennsylvania 2011-2020.
Its first objective was to determine
where any remaining wild populations
existed and protect the surrounding
habitat.
After two years of surveys, not a quail
could be found. They were deemed extirpated in 2014.
And computer-based models working
from satellite imagery determined only
about 140,000 acres of suitable quail
habitat existed in Pennsylvania - a more
than 28 million-acre state.
Of course, suitable habitat always
could be created or restored, and wild
quail translocated there.
The Game Commission, as part of the
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI), worked closely with quail
experts from across the country to assess
potential sites where at least 1,500 acres
of suitable year-round quail habitat could
be established.
It most cases, the area selected would
need to be significantly larger than 1,500

acres to account for portions of lands
that are developed or otherwise unable to
become suitable habitat.
After exploring several sites that held
potential, one stood above the rest.
Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD),
located in Franklin County, near Chambersburg, long has been at the heart of
Pennsylvania quail range. Based on historical accounts, quail occurred nearby at
what likely were their highest densities
in the state.
Letterkenny also was one of the last
places quail were detected in Pennsylvania before winking out.
Constructed in 1942 to house munitions during the build up to World War
II, and serving soldiers throughout every
major conflict since, LEAD has demonstrated a strong commitment to wildlife
through various partnerships with the
Game Commission and U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service focused on research and
habitat development.
At the time Letterkenny was selected
as a site, its own Integrated Natural
Resources Management Plan already

Meanwhile, staff from Letterkenny and the Game Commission joined with a dedicated group of volunteers
to remove 28 acres of trees to restore brood cover and shrubby "headquarters" cover needed by quail.
Photos from before and after the removal are seen above. While creating quail habitat is labor-intensive,
many are hopeful the work will enable at least some bobwhites to again call the Commonwealth home.



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