Pennsylvania Game News - October 2020 - 61

By Marcia Bonta

O

N A RAINY Sunday afternoon in
early October, my husband Bruce
and I joined our Juniata Valley Audubon
Society on a field trip to State Game
Lands 166.
This 11,776-acre game lands includes
the Beaverdams Wetland Biological
Diversity Area (BDA), a National Heritage Area designated by the National
Park Service because its historic, cultural
and natural resources combine to form a
cohesive, nationally important landscape.
Tucked in a remote wooded valley in
southern Blair County between the Canoe
and Brush mountains, the Beaverdams
Wetland BDA forms the headwaters of
Canoe Creek. And it lives up to its name
because beavers still occupy the creek
and wetlands.
We hiked Beaverdam Road from a
parking lot 4 miles from the game lands'
southern boundary. The rain stopped as
we started off through a diverse upland
hardwood forest that included American
basswood, sugar maple and white oak,
as well as the thicket-forming American
bladdernut, which favors moist, floodplain

forests and stream banks.
I saw invasive stiltgrass and garlic
mustard and, occasionally, a fern understory, but according to the Beaverdams
Wetland BDA report, this forest also
contains the usual invasive multiflora
rose, Japanese barberry and European
privet, as well as the native spicebush and
black haw shrubs. We stopped to admire
a young American chestnut tree, a patch
of partridgeberry, and mountain holly,
also called winterberry, covered with red
berries.
The BDA report lists a variety of spring
wildflowers in the forest, such as blue
cohosh, wild ginger, jack-in-the-pulpit,
mayapples, false Solomon's seal, yellow
fairy bells and sweet cicely.
I later learned from Justin Vreeland,
Game Commission Southcentral Region
wildlife management supervisor, we were
in the Canoe Creek Old Forest Unit -
3,922 acres of the game lands managed
for late-successional forest.
In addition to protecting the Canoe
Creek riparian zone, it is hoped that this
contiguous tract of mature hardwoods is

Beavered
Wetlands
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