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NEPA RGS Spring Habitat Project

Once again we are blessed to be able to do some habitat work on our local State Gamelands!

This year we will be cutting mature aspen in 2 acre blocks with chainsaws on SGL 135 in Thornhurst. We usually have more people than chainsaws, so more chainsaws are appreciated. We are meeting at the Truck Stop at the Gouldsboro Exit off of Route 380 at 7:30am on Saturday March 24th. We will caravan over to the Gamelands from there so we can start at 8am...about a 10 minute drive from the truck stop. I will be there early if anybody wants to swing by and shoot the bull over a cup of coffee!

Lunch will be provided. Any and all are welcome to participate. The Game Commission asks that all volunteers think about bringing safety equipment...chaps, eye and hearing protection, helmets, boots, gloves, etc...not mandatory, but a very good idea.

Looking forward to meeting you guys there!
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Re: NEPA RGS Spring Habitat Project

If you don't mind me asking, how many acres total in the project and why 2 acre blocks?

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Re: NEPA RGS Spring Habitat Project

Eric,

We cut 2 acre blocks along log roads, this keeps the groups smaller and spread out better so we don't have any accidents. We schedule three blocks every spring (6 acres). Some of the log roads get planted with Ruffed Grouse Trail Mix after we are finished, as well.

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Re: NEPA RGS Spring Habitat Project

Thanks for the reply, Brian. Will the three blocks be cut so that they eventually become 1 stand? The 2 acre block cutting is something we are trying get away from as an agency. I would recommend that these cuts be arranged so that they become larger units. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 717-787-9713 x 3612

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Thanks for the reply, Brian. Will the three blocks be cut so that they eventually become 1 stand? The 2 acre block cutting is something we are trying get away from as an agency. I would recommend that these cuts be arranged so that they become larger units. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 717-787-9713 x 3612

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What do you think is the ideal size? For a land owner with let's say 20 acres, is it better to cut small areas or just hinge cut, or leave it alone? Thanks!
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Thanks for the reply, Brian. Will the three blocks be cut so that they eventually become 1 stand? The 2 acre block cutting is something we are trying get away from as an agency. I would recommend that these cuts be arranged so that they become larger units. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 717-787-9713 x 3612

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What do you think is the ideal size? For a land owner with let's say 20 acres, is it better to cut small areas or just hinge cut, or leave it alone? Thanks!
20 acres, for most critters, only makes up a portion of their home range. The key to managing that 20 acres is to take a 20,000 foot view and see what cover types are adjacent to it. I'll assume that we are talking about grouse. 20 acres is a little small for a year-round home range unless they have every single thing they need, which is uncommon.

So, you should figure out where the feeding, nesting, drumming, roosting, winter and brooding cover is. Chances are it will not all occur on the 20 acres so you'll need to see what habitat components are nearby that provide these needs. If you find one or two that are missing, then you can utilize your property to fulfill that niche. I know that this doesn't really answer your question and I apologize for that but I think we as hunters and conservationists need to look at what we can provide on a landscape scale even if it is only one piece of the puzzle. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, I'm more than happy to help any way I can. 717-787-9613, x 3612.

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Thanks for the response!
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Re: NEPA RGS Spring Habitat Project

We're up to 9 guys so far...could still use a few more volunteers to help out on this project. Lunch will be provided!

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Re: NEPA RGS Spring Habitat Project

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Sean and myself are planning on being there again this year. We will be meeting you at the truck stop in the morning.

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Re: NEPA RGS Spring Habitat Project

Thanks Ed!

We are bringing a 5 gallon can of high test 50:1 and plenty of bar and chain oil, as well, so nobody has to break the bank on gas and oil Saturday!

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