Nettle Ridge Work Day – Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County

Nettle Ridge Work Day – Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County

Please join us for a rewarding morning of work creating ruffed grouse habitat in our region.

Where:

Meet at DCNR Hillsgrove Ranger Station, 4 Dry Run Road, Hillsgrove, PA 18619 (Project site just up the road)

When:

Saturday, March, 16 2019 – 8:30am (Meet at Ranger Station)

CANCELED: The habitat workday scheduled for the Nettle Ridge project in the Loyalsock State Forest for this Saturday, March, 16th has been CANCELED.
Due to existing snow/ice pack on the state forest roads leading up to the project, the workday this weekend is canceled due to accessibility problems. We are planning to reschedule this workday at a later date.

Work:

Felling and bucking smaller 4 – 10″ diameter trees. Those uncomfortable with dropping trees can buck the felled ones!

Why:

The Nettle Ridge Ruffed Grouse Society Drummer Fund Project is a new, long-term habitat-creation project that will expand in acreage and will serve as a pilot study for similar state forest land across Pennsylvania. The goal is to create and maintain ruffed grouse habitat on non-commercial tracts of public land through short-term rotational cutting. This is all-hands-on-deck, but know that no one will be asked or expected to make any cut or drop any tree they don’t feel comfortable with. Again, these are smaller trees that volunteers with minimal felling experience should be comfortable with. A good example of the size of trees we will be cutting can be seen in the photo below, which was taken during a work day at the project site in October…

What to Bring:

Chainsaws, chainsaw chaps, hard hat, eye protection, and hearing protection*. Bring your own mixed gas and bar oil if you’re particular about the brand/type. Dress for the elements, layers, gloves, etc. Parking is a couple hundred yards from where the work will be done. *Required to run a chainsaw or while in immediate areas of cutting.

Inclement Weather:

In the event of heavy snow or steady rain, we will likely postpone to a later date. We will update this webpage if for any reason this workday would need to be postponed due to weather.

WE WILL FEED YOU! … IF YOU COULD HELP US GET A MORE ACCURATE HEADCOUNT TO BEST PREPARE, PLEASE RSVP (if possible, but don’t let that keep you at home!) OR DIRECT ANY QUESTIONS TO BLAUDERMIL@PA.GOV