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field force to improve efficiency whenever and wherever possible, and to augment complementary management."
Whenever wildlife ranges greater
distances to meet its needs, it becomes
more susceptible to predators, moving
vehicles and other dangers.
Habitat diversity provides more
food and cover, reduces the influence
of predators and typically promotes
greater reproduction among the varied
wildlife that should comprise a forest
community.
It also becomes a magnet to draw
dispersing and displaced wildlife.

A Better Mix

MARCH 2018

Jacob Dingel

Forest stands dominated by 100-yearold or older trees tend to restrict plant
and animal diversity from the forest
floor to the canopy. It's a status
quo that's been handily
exploited by aggressive
non-native plants and less
desirable tree species, such as
black birch, striped maple and
beech.
But there's no quick-fix to
a problem that began when
America was only 38 states
strong.
If the Game Commission
and others can maintain
their charted course, Gustafson said, within 10 years
Pennsylvania could be on a
trajectory to redefine its forest
composition.
"About 25 years into the
future, we should see quantifiable
change in the forests we

manage," Gustafson said. "But it will
be 50-plus years until we can say we're
achieving the balance we want.
"To do it any faster risks creating a
big bottleneck for the next generation,"
he said.
The Game Commission has worked
diligently over the past decade or so
to more authoritatively manage state
game lands.
Through GIS landscape analysis and
a forest inventory program started in
2006, the agency has assembled more
detailed - and accurate - information
than ever before to manage game lands.
This information, integrated into
comprehensive management plans,
has provided a clearer needs-assessment for every state
game lands with

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