New Jersey State Chapter
of the
National Wild Turkey Federation

Conservation Projects


Thunder Mountain Project     Landis Quail Project    
Conservation Seed Program     Seed Subsidy Program


2017 CONSERVATION SEED PROGRAM
The NWTF Conservation Seed program provides surplus seed to conservation groups and private individuals to use the seed for wildlife use. The only restriction is that the seed cannot be harvested or used for livestock feed.
Regular, untreated corn when available is provided at the nominal cost of transportation of $7.00 / 50 lb bag.
At this time, this corn is not available.

Roundup Ready corn, grain sorghum, and soybeans will likely be available

Seed order requests must be in by January 31, 2017.

The 2017 cost for Roundup Ready Corn will be approx. $30.00 a bag and the other seed will go for about $7.00 a bag. The limit is two bags of each per NWTF member. Non-members cannot place orders or receive seed.



The NWTF has acquired a number of loads of surplus RR (RoundupReady) corn from Dow AgroSciences and will start shipping to chapters in February. RR Corn seed can be planted and then the ground can be treated with "roundup". The Roundup will kill the weeds but not the corn. A fifty-pound bag of this seed can cover approx 2 acres. The seed can be used in fallow fields, or along the edges of active fields, but cannot be harvested.

In New Jersey we get our Conservation Seed via the Pennsylvania Chapter order. We have ordered 20 Bags for New Jersey.

Corn seed will have to be picked up in bulk near State College, PA and the other seed will need to be picked up in bulk in Cambridge, MD. Members will be able to get their seed in New Jersey after the loads are picked up. We have no storage options so anyone who orders must be prepared to pick up their seed and make payment on short notice and they will have to drive to a location convenient to the person who picks up the bulk order.

Quantities will necessarily be limited to what can be hauled in a pick-up (approximately 20 bags (in a small pick-up) and this will be done on a first come, first served basis.

Individuals and chapters receiving Conservation Seed provide a check payable to the New Jersey Chapter (NJNWTF). In that way, we do not impact the NJ Super Fund.

If you wish to take advantage of the Conservation Seed Program, please contact:

Bob Eriksen
Certified Wildlife Biologist (TWS)
27 Canterbury Road, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
boberiksen1023@gmail.com

2017 SEED SUBSIDY PROGRAM
Greetings to all NJ NWTF members.

The NWTF Seed Subsidy program provides new seed for food plots for NWTF Members. This program is administered by National, but the seed is limited to the amount allocated by your State Chapter's Superfund Allocation for the seed. Each State Chapter sets a budget for the year in which it wants to participate in the program.

The budget subsidizes at 50% off the cost of one bag per member, but unlimited amounts of non-subsidized seed (limited by quantities available, first come, first served basis) can be purchased.

The New Jersey State Chapter set a budget of $700 in subsidy funds at our January 8th meeting. These funds will be available shortly on a first-come, first-served basis. Once these funds have been used up, the subsidy program for 2017 is over in New Jersey.

To purchse this seed, members must go to
NWTF Seed Subsidy Sign In Page .
You will need your Membership No, Name and Address as it appears on your membership card or your Turkey Country Magazine. Both subsidized and non-subsidized seed must be ordered on the same form, and cannot be ordered from a state in which they do not live.

Again, this is first-come, first-served.



Sincerely,

Tim Blum
Tim Blum
New Jersey State Chapter President
National Wild Turkey Federation

For more information, please visit the NWTF website, or contact:
Bob Eriksen
27 Canterbury Road, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
H: 908-454-1882
C: 908-319-6968
boberiksen1023@gmail.com

THUNDER MOUNTAIN HABITAT PROJECT
The NJ State Chapter has been maintaining approximately 35 acres of meadows in the federal lands of the Delaware Gap, National Recreation Area, near Walpack. These meadows are fallow farm fields that would revert to hardwoods if they were not maintained.

Working in conjunction with federal and state wildlife personnel, volunteers from the NWTF have been maintaining the meadows with brush hogs, chain saws, and clippers for the past several years. The volunteers get together about twice a year to remove and clear heavy brush and woody plants that would eventually close the meadows.

Turkeys and other wildlife benefit from meadows due to the grasses and insects that thrive there. Additionally, other animals benefit from the 'edge' effect along the outside of these meadows as light is able to benefit plants inside the treeline that would normaly be shaded by the larger trees.

We are in need of volunteers to continue this project. If you are interested in working for the wild turkey and or enjoy conservation field work, contact:

Ray Eriksen
557 Edwards Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

2017 SPRING SCHEDULE
REGULAR WORK PARTY

Tentatively Scheduled for a Wednesday, March 1, 2017 with a rain date of March 8th.

With a Wednesday Date, we will have additional manpower with Chainsaw Qualifications from the Walkill NWR staff. We hope to have a great day and get a lot of ground cleared.

We had been unable to schedule a spring work party for the 2014 and 2015 seasons due to weather and changes in the time we were permitted to work.

We are not permitted to work past March 15 due to song bird nesting. However, a controlled burn was conducted after this date on another piece of the DGNRA, so we are hopefull that we can work in late March once again.

When we hold the work party, it will be our regular work party.
We will be clearing fields, etc.
Wear heavy pants, gloves, boots

CHAIN SAWS NEEDED

To participate in the project and use a chain saw, you must have taken and passed the
Federal Chainsaw Safety Course.
This is a two-day class that requires the candidate to have all the proper safety gear - saw chaps, gloves, safety visor, and hearing protection in addition to the saw.

The State Chapter has authorized payment for the course for anyone who wishes to assist in
The Thunder Mountain Project and wishes to take the course. One of our members has the safety equipment that may be borrowed to take the class, and upon completion of the class, the State Chapter has authorized purchasing the safety gear for that person, contingent upon particpation in the Thunder Mountain Project.

2016 Work Party Report
The year 2016 was good to our hearty band of workers on the Thunder Mountain Project in the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area. We finally had a cold clear day with no snow or rain to get some work accomplished. The day started with the group completing the new volunteer forms required by the Park Service. While the forms were a first for us, they accomplished two things. One is that we were covered by the federal government's worker's compensation insurance as well as the NWTF coverage. The other is that the Park Service now gets federal funds for each hour of volunteer work which allows them to spend more on projects to enhance the area.

Our group worked on clearing a hedgerow of Russian Olive and Multiflora Rose as well as starting to clear these invasive plant species from a field we had previously cleared but which had become overgrown. Parks volunteer, Tom Witter, was a great help using his tractor and brush hog to chop up the debris. Jesse Mihatov from the Wallkill Refuge staff came up to work with us and was given permission to spray herbicide on the remains of the tough to obliterate invasive species. Two of our group were not able to come up on the Saturday, but made arrangements to work with Tom Witter during the week and I really thank them for their work.

Kelcey Burguess again did the mowing for us this summer to keep the fields open. He and his partner, Paul, worked hard in the August heat to get this accomplished for us. They did a great job and I thank Kelcey for all of the years he has been doing the mowing for is. Without his hard work, the invasive species would have taken over many of the acres we have worked so hard to clear. This year our plan is to work on a weekday as most of us are now retired and have those days free. Another advantage of doing the work during the week is that some of the staff from Wallkill are able to come up and help us. The dates we have chosen are Wednesday, 1 March and a rain/snow date of 8 March. Again we will meet at the Ranger Station in Walpack at 9:00 am. I would like to again thank all of the volunteers who have come out and helped us with this project over the years! We have been at this for over thirty years!

2014-2015
LANDIS SEWERAGE AUTHORITY
QUAIL HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECT
In 2014 the Landis Sewerage Authority, working with the Division of Fish and Wildlife on a quail habitat restoration project, sought funding from the New Jersey State Chapter of the NWTF. The project involves the restoration of approx 300 acres of prime Quail habitat by the planting of various perennial grass seed/wildflower mixes.

Taking the lead on the NWTF's Save the Habitat/Save the Hunt initiative, Lou Gambale of the Tri-County Longbeards Chapter presented the project to the State Board.

The Board subsequenty allocated $3000 of Superfund Monies to the project with certain restrictions to help reduce the costs of the project and to put the NWTF in charge of the project. Shortly thereafter, several conservation groups donated to the NWTF's superfund to support this project. Through NWTF contacts the price of the seed purchased cost significantly less than the proposed purchase price presented.

The LSA project is an long-term project that is schedueled for at least 5 years.

WALKILL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Habitat Improvement Project
Our final habitat project for 2014 came as a result of planning by the Kittatinny Gobblers and Highlands Chapters to support special hunts on the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge in Sussex County. The US Fish and Wildlife Service staff on the refuge asked if our chapters could help with special hunts for young hunters and disabled individuals. A new property was acquired by the refuge that needed some extensive work to enhance habitat. Our Super Fund Committee approved another$3,000 expenditure to provide seed to plant 30 acres of warm season grasses, forbs and wildflowers.
2009 GOBBLER MORTALITY STUDY
Funded by SuperFund Grants, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife conducted a multi-year study on gobbler mortality in New Jersey. Fifty gobblers were captured and fitted with radio transmitters. Tim Blum, our current Chapter President, and Jim Salt, our new Vice President assisted in the study, locating the birds to check on mortality rates.

The study revealed some very interesting data:

Approximately half of the tagged birds survive each year.
Losses have occured due to predation by coyotes, raptors, hunters and poachers.

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