August 8, 2019
|Contact: Mary Hosmer, 814-512-2101
RGS, Allegheny Chapter
1016 Long Level Road, Johnsonburg, Pa 15845
WORK IS PROGRESSING ON THE BLOOMSTER HOLLOW HABITAT FENCING FOR WILDIFE
Kane Pa.: It’s been almost a year since the idea was hatched, the plan was completed, the funding was raised, but now the final leg of a 10-year wildlife habitat improvement project is nearing completion just east of Clermont in McKean County, Pa. The Ruffed Grouse Society Chapters (Allegheny, Upland Bird Hunt, Bonasa, and Red Brush) cooperated with Hancock Forest Management to develop, plan, and fund this decade-long project to improve habitat for grouse, woodcock, and songbirds on the Clermont property. This final project involves constructing eight-foot high deer fencing to exclude deer from eating the small, native shrubs trying to get a foot-hold in the understory.
Dan Johnson Contracting, John Dzemyan, and volunteers from the local Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society are installing the fencing. The fencing was supplied by Generations Forestry, Inc. of Kane. Work is expected to continue through the summer of 2019. Any volunteers interested in helping to finish this project should contact John Dzemyan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Note to reporters: Bill Avery, volunteer from Wilcox, splices fencing together on the new fence cribs protecting hobblebush at Clermont.