Pennsylvania Game News - March 2018 - 36

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By Joe Kosack

Hal Korber

OST PEOPLE WHO ROAM
Penn's sprawling woods see
the state's abundant stands of
century-old big trees for the majesty,
tranquility and independence they offer.
It's a setting much different from
vegetatively congested young forestland that's harder to hunt, and harder
to see game in.
But for supporting wildlife, those
aging forests have passed their prime.
They accommodate undesirable
invasive understory plants and insects,
and fail to meet the habitat needs of the
myriad wild things forestland should
support.
While old-growth forest has a place,
and is especially important to varied
wild animals for its mast production
and thermal cover, it should not dominate the landscape.
Too much century-old forestland
smacks of unrealized potential.
"Most wildlife depends on varyingaged forests throughout its life cycle,"
explained Ben Jones, the Game Commission's Habitat Division Chief.
"So, forests with many age classes are
more beneficial to wildlife, because
they support more of everything, from
invertebrates to black bears."
Various plant and animal communities have fallen in the absence of habitat
they need.
But, the Game Commission and
its partners would like to reverse that
trend.
They have ramped up efforts to
diversify forest age classes on public
lands and are mobilizing to provide
technical support and funding to help
private landowners - who control 70
percent of Pennsylvania's forests - to
reduce the age of their forestland.
It's an effort that is needed.

But results will take time.

Shift in Thinking
Penn's old woods grew from a problem that started in the late 1800s when
the state steadily was felled wholesale
in an aggressive lumber market that
supported America's rapid expansion.
Then, early in the 20th century, the
chestnut blight hit, leaving Pennsylvania with the mixed-oak woodland it
still has.
Today, barring commercial timber
cuts or forest-pest mortality, these
forests continue to grow, leaving many
wild things dependent on young forestland without habitat.



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