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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-19-2019, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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No-cost Rabbit Habitat

Do you think the PGC would allow people to drop off Christmas trees at specific gameland locations? It seems like such a waste that those trees go to landfills when they could provide brush piles for rabbits. I think this a no-cost way to help rabbit populations on PA public lands. Even better, lay those Christmas trees and other brush over pallets.

Besides Christmas trees, leftover thanksgiving and holloween items (straw, pumpkins, etc.) could also help other animals instead of going to the dump.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-19-2019, 11:33 PM
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I remember at one time the fish commission placed trees in lakes for fish cover.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-20-2019, 12:23 AM
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I don't know about dropping them off at gamelands, but I do know that for anyone who is in the Kane area, the Kinzua Fish and Wildlife Assn. is taking Christmas trees for building fish structure on Kinzua Dam. They do it every year.
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Just saying, some people would likely dump trees that still have tinsel and other decorative items (litter) that wouldn't benefit wildlife.

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If you have a beagle club in your area, you can contact them as most will take them to build brush piles.
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Just saying, some people would likely dump trees that still have tinsel and other decorative items (litter) that wouldn't benefit wildlife.
I had planned to say the same thing as I was reading this thread. While brush piles are a good idea for rabbits I doubt the PGC would want to be sending time cleaning the trees of non biodegradable decorations. At one time the food and cover corps used to build brush piles out of limbs and saplings on game lands when they were cleaning up the property borders, I don't know if they still do. Where I live, a lot of the townships the the trees for free and mulch them and then sell the mulch. It utilized the trees, keeps them out of landfills and provides a product cheaper than Home depot or other home improvement stores or landscaping business.
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Excellent idea, been doing it for decades. Yes you have to go over the tree to look for left over decorations, some one suggested to me to put in sections of 4 inch pvc pipe under the brush pile for rabbits to hide in also.
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Excellent idea, been doing it for decades. Yes you have to go over the tree to look for left over decorations, some one suggested to me to put in sections of 4 inch pvc pipe under the brush pile for rabbits to hide in also.
bad idea on the pipe. had a beagle get her head stuck in one years ago and almost lost her!
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Excellent idea, been doing it for decades. Yes you have to go over the tree to look for left over decorations, some one suggested to me to put in sections of 4 inch pvc pipe under the brush pile for rabbits to hide in also.
bad idea on the pipe. had a beagle get her head stuck in one years ago and almost lost her!
Oh man I hate to hear this. Maybe 3 inch pipe, or scrap the whole pipe idea.
Other ideas I saw where to tie the Xmas trees to wooden pallets, theory was also to give a place for rabbits to hide?
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All you would have to do is criss cross some saplings and logs and then pout the trees on top. You don't need pipes of skids, just use what nature gives you.
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