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For years the members of the North Mountain Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association worked tirelessly to improve wildlife habitat on State Game Lands 57. ...

Last month the branch purchased a no-till grass drill – a machine used to plant grasses, legumes and grains for wildlife food plots – and donated it to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The machine, which cost approximately $12,000, is 6-feet wide – narrower than the machine previously used by the PGC on area game lands – and can be used in more remote areas to establish food and cover for a variety of wildlife.

“This will make it easier for us to plant food plots on narrow logging roads and smaller openings,” said Jim Jolley, PGC land management supervisor for the Northeast Region. “It will be easier to get back into these remote areas and improve habitat for deer and a host of other wildlife species.”..........


The North Mountain Branch has planted and maintained food plots on SGL 57 for the last six years, Germick said. Last year the group planted or maintained 27 acres of food plots on the game lands, and the results are evident by an increase in deer and bear signs, he added.

Now that the new drill will allow the PGC crews to plant more food plots on SGL 57, it will also free up the North Mountain Branch to improve habitat on other areas.........



The money used to buy the drill came from fundraisers conducted by the branch, such as its annual banquet. Germick said the funds go back into habitat improvement projects on public lands that benefit hunters and wildlife enthusiasts.

But the biggest benefactor, he said, is the wildlife that inhabit Game Lands 57......


A number of groups work to improve wildlife habitat on state game lands in addition to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, such as Quality Deer Management, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and the Ruffed Grouse Society.

Still, Chris Denmon said more help is needed in the form of volunteers.

“We’re getting the same people every year and it’s becoming tougher to keep up with it all,” he said. “We need some new people to put some time in for wildlife and give back a little bit.”

Denmon said many of the volunteers who help with the food plots don’t even hunt the areas where the work is done. They do it, he said, for the satisfaction of improving wildlife habitat and giving back to the sport of hunting.

Whether its seeding, applying fertilizer and helping cut trees for a border cut, Denmon said any time would be appreciated.

“You don’t need to bring any equipment and you don’t even need to be experienced in doing this. We have plenty of knowledgeable people that will work with you,” Denmon said. “It’s just a matter of manpower.”

For more information on helping to create wildlife habitat on game lands, call the Pennsylvania Game Commission at 675-1143 or the North Mountain Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association at 477-2238. You can also visit the branch’s website at http://www.northmtnbranchqdma.org.









http://www.timesleader.com/stories/Offering-a-bit-of-help,259302
 

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Would love to see some Mutiflora Rose, and let it spread.When we had tons of t here in SWPA, we had tons of game. Great gender of them giving the machine to the PGC. Most gamelands are ok hunters just dont walkin past the hinge cuts.
 
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