Restoring and Enhancing Habitat on Michaux State Forest


For years, foresters on Michaux State Forest in Cumberland, Franklin, and Adams counties have struggled to deal with the mix of invasive plant species that have grown on-site at the former Michaux Camp, impacting both the critical cultural resources and wildlife habitat there. In recent years, staff and volunteers have begun implementing a multi-year landscape-level habitat enhancement and restoration project that will benefit wild turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, and other wildlife species by varying the age class, patch size, and tree and plant species variety in the state forest, as well as by treating the invasive plants with herbicides and prescribed burns. All told, an estimated 200 acres will be improved through this effort.


The total budget for this project is $176,021, of which $139,751 has been raised so far from grants and state funding. Your financial help can close the final budget gap and help foresters on the Michaux improve forest quality not just for wildlife, but also for the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors to the state forest.


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