New Jersey State Chapter
National Wild Turkey Federation
|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.
|2017 SEED SUBSIDY PROGRAM|
Greetings to all NJ NWTF members.
For more information, please visit the NWTF website, or contact:
|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.
|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 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.
CHAIN SAWS NEEDED
To participate in the project and use a chain saw, you must have taken and passed the
The State Chapter has authorized payment for the course for anyone who wishes to assist in
|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!
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.
|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.
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