CONSERVATION & FORESTRY
Club members and officers are very interested in improving the diversity and quality of the wildlife habitat on the property and endeavor to continue this process into the future.
NWCSA recently acquired an additional 108 acres of land that abuts existing holdings; this gives us a bit over 312 acres of contiguous holdings. 183 acres have been purchased since November of 2016.
We are currently in the process of having our Forester survey the 108 acres to allow us to complete and submit the PA 490 Form to have our newest acquisition designated as forest land. Once the survey is complete we will start putting together an updated conservation plan to cover all holdings. Form to have our newest acquisition designated as forest land. Once the survey is complete we will start putting together an updated conservation plan to cover all holdings.
We anticipate walking the property soon with someone from the DEEP and USDA. Both will be excellent resources in the development of our conservation plan.
At present we are re-cutting an area known as Wilson’s Field, this was originally clear cut about ten years ago to create habitat for New England Cottontail Rabbits. The NEC have all but disappeared from New England due to habitat loss. We are trying to tackle invasive plant species, such as autumn olive, phragmites, bittersweet and multiflora rose, to name a few.
As the new plan comes together we will provide updates for the web site.