Volunteers Create Better Habitat for Wildlife in Bradford County

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BRADFORD COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Sometimes creatures of the wilderness require a little helping hand.

That’s the case for Pennsylvania’s wildlife which is getting a boost from some hard-working volunteers like Mike Koneski, the President of the Susquehanna Branch of Quality Deer Management.

“This is what we strive on, we raise our funds to this habitat work and education. This is what we’re all about.”

Pruning tools and dozens of high visibility vests; that’s what filled the state game lands 219 on Saturday afternoon.

“The reason for this is these fields are going to become a part of a burn unit and we’re cutting trees for  browse for deer.”

Philip Kasper is the land management group supervisor with the Pennsylvania game mission.

He helped organize a volunteer workday, creating additional habitat for forest species like ruffed grouse and American Woodcock.

“Cutting trees in the winter time will provide high protein and high calorie browse for whitetail deer and we’re also creating an additional edge for species.”

Emily Sandly is a third-year biology wildlife major at Keystone college.

“It’s extremely important for young people like myself to be out here and to work alongside professionals that have been doing this for a while.”

She’s learning how to prune trees and manage habitat for wild species.

Soon this snow covered field will be cleared out and filled with native grass and a mixture of wildflowers.”

The next habitat work day is scheduled for March 9th in another section of state game lands in Bradford County.

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