Future of Forestry Gun Raffle 2017 Benefit

Future of Forestry Gun Raffle 2017 Benefit

Thank you to everyone that bought tickets online, through the committee or at our shoot!

Congratulations to Jacob F. in Orono, ME, the winner of a CZ 920, 20-gauge!

Thanks to everyone that purchased a ticket!

The Susquehanna River Valley chapter’s Future of Forestry raffle helps young forest dependent wildlife in our region and the area forestry students that help us create it.

We’re raffling off a CZ 920 in 20 gauge. The 920 is known for it’s versatility and reliability, handling 7/8oz through 1-1/4oz loads in 2-3/4″ and 3″ shells. The new design allows for a quick break down and easy cleaning. This gun also features a chrome-lined barrel, 5 choke tubes and fiber-optic bead. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online (raffle over), or from one of the chapter committee members. Only 150 tickets will be sold and the drawing will take place at our FREE Birds & Brew event Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Pier 87 Bar & Grill on Loyalsock Creek (north of Montoursville). Winner need not be present to win.

How the 2017 Future of Forestry raffle proceeds will be used:

Approximately half of the funds will be used to purchase four to six herbicide backpack sprayers that will be used on our Nettle Ridge Project in the Loyalsock State Forest to treat invasive species that will otherwise limit or choke out desired re-growth of native species. The invasive treatment work is in addition to the work Pennsylvania College of Technology forestry students will complete during the first stage of the project’s timber management plan, requiring the hand-felling of >10 acres of non-commercial (low to no value) timber that, in its present condition, is doing very little for wildlife. (The students will also be responsible for completing the hand-felling work.) This equipment will be donated to the college’s forestry program for both educational instruction and future use on additional acreage at Nettle Ridge and additional projects in the future. The remaining proceeds from the raffle will be used to establish a scholarship for Penn College forestry students who have volunteered or are actively volunteering in wildlife conservation or young forest habitat creation or management. Many of these students will go on to become state land managers and state foresters, and we think it’s vital to expose these students to the process of developing critical young forest habitat utilizing scientific management practices.