Our Chapter's New Habitat Project
PF Chapters Partner with the Flint Chapter of the Safari Club to Win a second Michigan
DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant for Lapeer State Game Area for the 2017-2018 calendar years
Genesee Chapter of Pheasants Forever partnered with the Lapeer Chapter , St. Clair Chapter and the Lapeer Conservation District, submitted a request for a Habitat Restoration Grant in 2016 from the Michigan DNR to improve and increase the pheasant habitat in the Lapeer State Game Area.
The Michigan DNR awarded the $44189.00 grant request for 165 acres of upland game habitat improvement. The PF Chapters each committed $2500 in cash to get the $44189 grant funding (5.9:1 match).
We began the process by building rabbit habitat structures in April, which is part of the requirements outline in the grant proposal. The small grass mix and wild flowers seed was planted at the end of August and with the recent rains we expect the seed to sprouting soon.
The new #2 LSGA Grant for 110 acre DNR $46908.00 grant to improve upland habitat at a another site in the Lapeer State Game Area was applied for and recently awarded in September 2016. The partners for this grant are Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair Pheasants Forever Chapters each committing $2500 a year, the Lapeer Conservation District along with the Flint Chapter of the Safari Club who was a major contributor of $3450 a year towards the grant. This is a two-year grant, running from 2017 through 2018.
Our desired results, is to make a significant improvement to the pheasant and upland game habitat in an area, that is available for public hunting.
Our Chapter's New Habitat Project
Lapeer State Game Area (LSGA) Upland Restoration Project
We built rabbit habitat on the LSGA project, which is part of the wildlife grant requirements. We cut trees and tree limbs to build brush piles.
BRUSH PILE BUILDING INFORMATION
DIVIDE UP INTO 5 GROUPS; 1-5 AND GO TO THE GROUP NUMBER SHOWN ON MAP BELOW
CUT DOWN TREES WHERE THE RIBBONS/PAINT SPOTS ARE LOCATED
REMOVE THE LIMBS FROM TREE TRUNK. PLACE LARGE LIMBS IN ONE
PILE; PLACE SMALLER LIMBS IN A SECOND PILE; CUT TREE TRUNKS IN 8
PUT THE RIBBONS ON NEAR BY TREES SO WE CAN FIND TIME IN APRIL.
EVERGREENS TREES ALONG THE ROAD HAD RIBBONS PLACED WHERE
YOU CAN SEE THEM. BUILD BRUSH PILES ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE TO
HIDE THEM FROM VIEW.
LUNCH SERVED AT NOON; PORT-A-JOHN AVAILABLE AT THE GSA
PARKING LOT; POLICE FOR TRASH BEFORE LEAVING.
NEED GUIDANCE CALL JAY 810-869-1311.
Why Brush Piles?.... On March 19th and April 2nd, volunteers are needed to build 40 brush piles on the project site. This will have a two fold purpose. The first purpose is it will provide cover for small game such a rabbits and pheasants. The secondary purpose will provide a rooster pheasant territory site to defend and attract hen pheasants to his territory.
More about the Project ....Our PF Genesee Chapter, PF Lapeer Chapter and PF St. Clare Chapter working with the Lapeer Conservation District, applied jointly for a Michigan DNR Wildlife Grant to develop/restore pheasant and small game habitat in the Lapeer State Game Area. In October our PF partnership was selected as one of the recipients of the wildlife grant for a 6:1 match of $44189, with the PF chapter’s committing $2500 each plus volunteer labor to manage and complete the project.
The current status of the project is: The wildflowers were inter-seeded into the established short grass prairie the week of December 12, 2015. There is 30 acres of established short grass prairie. The inter-seeding is considered a dormant seeding. It allows the wildflower seeds to undergo the cold process so they can sprout next spring. The dormant inter-seeding also will allow the weather to get the seed into good soil contact so it can sprout next spring. Montrose Orchards donated the use of their tractor, a Massey Ferguson. The Genesee Chapter of PF provided the “No-Till” drill to do the seeding. Jay Blair, our chapter Habitat Chairman and Secretary, spent two days operating the tractor and seed drill.
The process has begun to find contractors to fulfill the rest of the items in the contract. The first item is to secure a contractor that will remove brush and small trees using a “Boom” type brush hog.
If you have interest in this seed or questions contact our Habitat Chairman, Jay Blair at email@example.com
Note: Watch our website (geneseecountypf.com) or our facebook page (facebook.com/GeneseePheasantsForever) for chapter information.
Do You Need a Planter? Our chapter does have a no-till drill to rent. It is a 6 foot Great Plains drill. It can plant food plots, warm season grass, switch grass and nesting cover. It cost $125 for the first ten acres and $6/acre above the ten acres. If the ground has been tilled, this planter will still work. The drill needs about a 50 horsepower tractor with hydraulics. The hydraulics raises and lowers the drill to make corners and turns. If the tractor is a 4WD with 40 hp will work. The hydraulics is a standard ½ inch or 5/8 inch. If you have a Kabota you may need your own ends. We have John Deere ends and the standard is Pioneer ends. The link below has information on the 6 foot drill we have.http://www.greatplainsmfg.com/products/notill/notill.html
2016 Seed Order Form to order seed for
Genesee County Chapter Seed Distribution
The seed distribution dates information...
Seed Distributions in April & May. The first distribution date is April 30, 2016, at Gander Mt. Store in Flint. The first date will be for PF members or those who purchase a membership. The final date will be May 15, 2016, at Gander Mt. in Flint and will be open to the public to distribute the remaining seed.
Note: These dates are predicated on the actual seed delivery and subject to change so watch for our distribution information on our website: geneseecountypf.com and facebook.com/GeneseePheasantsForever