New Jersey State Chapter
of the
National Wild Turkey Federation

Conservation Projects


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


2019 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.

The seed can be used in fallow fields, or along the edges of active fields, but cannot be harvested.


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.

In New Jersey we get our Conservation Seed via the Pennsylvania Chapter order. 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.

Roundup Ready corn, grain sorghum, conventional corn and soybean seed will likely be available

Seed order requests must be in by January 31, 2019.

The 2018 cost for Roundup Ready Corn will be $35.00 a bag
Conventional Corn, Soybean seed, and Grain Sorghum seed will go for $8.00 a bag.

The limit is two bags of each per NWTF member.
Non-members cannot place orders or receive seed.

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
must 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

2019 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 from your State Chapter's Superfund by the State Chapter. 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.
Price per bag includes delivery to your door.

This year, the NJ State Chapter approved two types of seed to qualify for the Seed Subsidy Program.
2019 Seed Subsidy Allocation
Type:
Reg. Price:
Subidized Price:
Quantity:
Coverage:
Turkey Gold™ Chufa
$80.00
$40.00
50 lbs/bag
1 Acre
Type:
Reg. Price:
Subidized Price:
Quantity:
Coverage:
Biologic Clover Plus™
$68.00
$34.00
8 lbs/bag
1 Acre

The New Jersey State Chapter set a budget of $500 in subsidy funds at our January 7th meeting. These funds would be available only on a first-come, first-served basis, and
once these funds are used up, the subsidy program for 2019 is over in New Jersey.

The initial $500 allocation was nearly exhausted by the beginning of April,
limiting the amount of subsidized seed available.

Several requests by NJ NWTF members to the Board for more seed
prompted a request for a vote to
increase the total allocation by $200 to $700 Total

NEW & FINAL $200 ALLOCATION APPROVED
April 11, 2019

The Board voted to match prior year allocations of $700,

But to purchase this seed, members must still 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,

Lou Gambale
Lou Gambale
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

2019 SPRING SCHEDULE
REGULAR WORK PARTY

Tentatively Scheduled for a Wednesday, March 6, 2019 with a rain date of March 13th.

With a Wednesday Date, we hope to 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.

In March 2017, our work with the Walkill NWR Staff and NWTF Volunteers resulted in extensive clearing of almost 2 acres of Autumn Olive. The younger staff members who are "Chainsaw Qualified" and who also have license to use herbicides, did great work on the property.
Poor weather conditions prevented our spring work party in 2018.

Using their vehicles, a tractor with a brush hog, and lots of chain drags, we managed to cut, clear, and chop up an outstanding amount of land.

It was pointed out in our January State Board Meeting by Ray Eriksen that our "Chainsaw Crew" is rather ancient - the youngest in his late 60's, with one at 75, one at 79 and the last at over 86 years old. In spite of their age, they manage to wreak havoc on the autumn olive. But the addition of the "Feds" helped greatly.. When we hold the work party on March 7th 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.

2017 Work Party Report
For 2017, the work party was schedueled for mid-week, instead of Saturday, so on Wednesday, March 7, 2017, all the workers gathered at the ranger station to plan the day's activities. The change to move to mid-week enabled Federal Employees from the Walkill National Wildlife Refuge to assist in the removal of the invasive autumn olive at Thunder Mountain.

We had great weather and conditions for this work party. Several of the Walkill Park people used their pickup trucks to tow away the cut branches so that they could be piled and converted to mulch. Parks volunteer, Tom Witter, was a great help using his tractor and brush hog to chop up the debris. Jesse Mihatov, Chelsea, and several others did a great job cutting and then treating the cut stumps with herbicide.

With all the "extra" help, the group managed to clear more than an acre of overgrowth and open the fields a bit. Continued vigilance will help put the invasive invasion at bay.

2018
Unfortunately, heavy snow cover prevented the 2018 work party in the spring. Even the Pequest Open House was affected and had to be postponed.

Some work was planned for the fall, and Kelcey mowed the fields in August. . . .
The work continues.
2014-2018
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 and is still a work in progress.

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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