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Do You Have a Wildlife Habitat Management Plan?

Posted: October 15, 2014

Through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s “Private Land Owner Assistance Program,” Regional Wildlife Diversity (RWD) Biologists provide free assistance to help landowners better manage their property for wildlife diversity.

By George Hurd, Penn State Extension

Are you interested in making your property more attractive for wildlife? Through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s “Private Land Owner Assistance Program,” Regional Wildlife Diversity (RWD) Biologists provide free assistance to help landowners better manage their property for wildlife diversity. According to the PA Game Commission, the focus of this program is on creating or maintaining habitat for the state’s eighty-eight bird and mammal species of concern. Although the program’s focus is on species of concern, many other species stand to benefit from these habitat recommendations.

The RWD Biologists meet with interested property owners to develop wildlife management recommendations for improving wildlife habitat based on the biologist’s findings and the landowner’s management goals. There is no charge to participate in the program, nor is there a public access requirement. Biologists will follow-up their planning effort by checking with participating landowners if they have questions or need additional direction.

For more information on the Private Land Owner Assistance Program, visit the PA Game Commission website. Under the “self-help” drop box, click on “land owner programs” and then select the Private Land Owner Assistance Program. At this webpage, there is also a link to the landowner objective survey, which identifies habitat features and ranks landowner interests and property uses.

If you’re interested in participating in the Private Landowner Assistance Program, the first step is to contact the Regional Wildlife Diversity Biologist or regional Pennsylvania Game Commission office serving your county.