Working Field Day for 3 Wildlife Groups and PGC
George Nichols (President of the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS)) working with Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) Land Manager Phil Kasper organized a working field day on State Game Lands (SGL) 219 in Bradford County, Pa. This hidden gem of SGL is located just west of Little Meadows, Pa., in the northeast corner of Bradford county along the NY/Pa line. The Ruffed Grouse Society, spearheaded the Saturday, April 2, 2016 field day that saw 7 volunteers from the RGS , the Wilson F. Moore Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Susquehanna Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association work on SGL 219 creating improved habitat!
The group worked under the guidance and alongside of PGC Land Manager Phil Kasper for 3+ hours cutting down 15 to 50' tall aspen trees in a 2 acre area.. This forestry work, cutting aspen, is called a regeneration cut. The cutting of the mature aspen trees stimulates the roots to send up numerous new aspen sprouts (regenerate). These new sprouts provide food and cover, down at a lower level where it will be better utilized by wildlife such as grouse, woodcock, rabbits, deer, songbirds and more. The cut trees also provide shelter during the next 4 to 5 years for the wildlife and also for numerous other tree seeds such as cherry, apple and oak to sprout and be protected from over browisng by deer. The group was instructed to cut down all invasive plants such as multi-flora rose and bush honeysuckle that they encountered.
PGC Land Manager Kasper stated, "The group cut a lot of aspen trees in a 2 acre area in a short amount of time. Anytime the PGC can get volunteer help to create better habitat it is a good thing. When volunteers work on specific spots it gives the PGC 2 man Food and Cover Corps opportunities to work on other critical habitat areas." Work at the field day ended when high winds created unsafe working conditions shortly before 1pm..
Persons working the field day were: George Nichols (President of the NEPA RGS), Dave Seger (NEPA RGS Board of Director member),
Mike Koneski (RGS, President Susquehanna branch QDMA, NWTF), Ryan Rush (RGS), Jack Sorber (President of the WFM chapter of NWTF, QDMA), Tom Kelleher (NWTF),
Bob Wagner (QDMA, NWTF) and Phil Kasper (PGC).
L TO R: PHIL KASPER, GEORGE NICHOLS, MIKE KONESKI, JACK SORBER, TOM KELLEHER, RYAN RUSH, DAVE SEGER. Behind the camera, BOB WAGNER.