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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Susquehannock State Forest Management / Habitat Tour Set For May 1st

Susquehannock State Forest
Forest Management/Habitat Tour

On Sunday May 1st, 2011 the Susquehannock State Forest will be hosting its annual forest management/habitat tour. The Susquehannock State Forest is located almost entirely in Potter County and consists of approximately 265,000 acres.

The tour will consist of 4 different site visits. Theses sites include an active timbersale, an area with a number of wildlife improvement projects (foodplots, aspen regeneration cuts and soft mast and conifer plantings), privately managed forestland and current Marcellus gas activity.

Topics that will be discussed include evaluating and improving wildlife habitat, deer impact and habitat surveys, past and current forest management issues, local tree insect and disease update, how the Bureau of Forestry and Pennsylvania Game Commission can assist private landowners in achieving their management goals, estate planning and potential impacts of the oil and gas industry on our state forest.

Representatives from DCNR, North Central Forest Landowners Association, Trupes Wildlife Management, Ampac Seed Company and the Pennsylvania Game Commission will be participating in the tour.

The goal of the tour is to exchange information, build a better relationship with those that use the state forest, observe and discuss some of the challenges involved in both sustainable forest and wildlife management and examine some of the forest habitat improvements that are taking place.

Participants should leave with information and techniques that can be taken home and utilized to help make their own property sustainable and beneficial to wildlife.

The tour will begin at 9:00 am at the Austin School. The Austin School is located off state route 872. The tour will conclude at 2:00 pm.

The tour is free of charge. Transportation and lunch will be provided.

To register for the tour call the district office at 814-274-3600 or email at

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

You have got to be kidding me! Who thinks up this stuff ? And all on the taxpayers dime!