RGS Allegheny Chapter Announces ‘Habitat Days’

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – May 3, 2019 – The Allegheny and upland Bird Hunt Chapters of the Ruffed Grouse Society announces ‘Habitat Days’ where any hunter or bird watcher that wants to “give back” to the resource can help for two to four hours on a habitat project.  All you have to do is call 814-512-2101 and leave a voicemail or email wlhab@windstream.net if any of the dates in this news release mesh with your schedule.

The Habitat Days can start anytime after turkey hunters leave the woods, usually after 1:00 p.m.  “We can also do evenings if that timeframe works better for folks,” said Mary Hosmer, Habitat Coordinator for the Allegheny Chapter.

The remaining habitat work for spring 2019 involves planting alder in wetland sites, planting shrubs for food (a soft mast) inside already constructed deer-deterrent cribs, or working on fencing to keep deer from eating seedlings planted for wildlife.  This year’s habitat work takes place at two sites: Hancock Forest Management lands east of Clermont and Collins Pine Company lands west of the Bradford Airport. All of these sites are open to hunters and wildlife enthusiasts.

The following days are Habitat Days:

  • Saturday, 5/4, and
  • Monday, 5/6 through Sunday, 5/19.  

Call 814-512-2101 or email wlhab@windstream.net if you can work anywhere from two to four hours on any of these days.  Transportation can be provided if needed.  Wear boots, a hat, gloves, and long pants. Water and drinks are provided.  Tools will be provided by the Ruffed Grouse Society.

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The Ruffed Grouse Society was founded in 1961 to promote and increase awareness of young forest management and to maintain suitable habitat that supports healthy populations of ruffed grouse, woodcock, deer and many songbird species that depend on forest diversity to survive and prosper.