Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Grasslands & Your Woods Meeting Feb. 9, 2017


Grasslands & Your Woods

“Grasslands & Your Woods” is the topic of the Thursday, February 9, 2017, meeting of the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association.  Stefan Karkuff, Farm Bill Biologist at Pheasants Forever, will speak on methods for designing, developing, and funding wildlife habitat improvements on private lands.  The meeting will be at 7:00 PM, at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building which is located at 185 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg.  The meeting is open to the public.   You do not have to be a member of the association and there is no cost to attend.  The meeting is handicap accessible.  Directions are available at:  http://extension.psu.edu/franklin/directions.

Most Pennsylvania woodlands and surrounding openings can be excellent wildlife habitat areas for a variety of birds and animals if there is a diversity of mixtures of overstory tree species and under-story vegetation. Whether or not you actively manage, the vegetative structure of your woodland will change over time. As this structure changes, your woodland will become more or less diverse and some species of birds and animals will benefit more than others.  If you want to optimize habitat development for the widest range of bird and animal species, you need to concentrate on maintaining as much vegetative diversity in your woodland as possible. If you want to maximize certain habitat improvement benefits for individual bird and animal species, you will need to target specific woodland management activities in specific areas to meet the special needs of those species.

There are many things you can do to attract wildlife to your woodlands.  Often, the management practices associated with wildlife habitat improvement provide other conservation benefits such as reduced soil erosion and better water quality.  How much time and effort you want to spend is entirely up to you. Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Biologists possess the knowledge of federal, state, and local programs to assist landowners in finding the right program to meet your personal habitat and land use goals. 

The Cumberland Woodland Owners Association is an organization of forestland owners and others interested in forestry issues in south central Pennsylvania.  For more information about the meeting or the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association, contact Fred Peabody at 717-776-3565 (email: fredp5@earthlink.net) or Mike Waldron, 717-677-7317 (email:  mdwald57@yahoo.com).

 

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