Sunday, January 31, 2021

St. Clair Co. PF Chapter #74 Habitat Program Suspended for 2021

 Due to the cancellation of our 2020 and 2021 banquets, it is with deep regret that the Board of Directors have made the decision to suspend our habitat seed distribution program for 2021.  We understand that this decision has a negative impact concerning habitat and wildlife in St. Clair County for the upcoming 2021 planting season. We hope that many of you will be able to continue with your projects this year.  We are looking forward to reinstating the program for the 2022 growing season. For those individuals that may need to order seed, you can contact Bob Liebetreu at Adair Grain and Feed to make arrangements.  Bob may be reached at 727-1598 or 329-2658. 

In the growing seasons of 2019 and 2020 the chapter was able to assist 61 cooperators in 2019 and 33 cooperators in 2020. A total of 402.5 acres over the two years were planted consisting of nesting cover and food plots.  

The chapter was active and continues to be in promoting habitat projects on the Port Huron State Game Area, the St. Johns Marsh, and Harsens Island. Our Pheasants Forever Adopt-a-Game-Area-Program Coordinator Ben Beaman is hoping to complete 43 acres of prairie restoration and 22 acres of disking and interseeding wildflowers on the Port Huron SGA.  He is also hoping to do 87 acres of prairie restoration in the St. John’s Marsh SGA and 25 acres of disking and interseeding wildflowers on Harsens Island.  Ben is also planning to see habitat work continue at the Verona SGA.    Work being done there includes 54 acres of prairie restoration and 27 acres of tree/shrub removal.  This work is being funded by funds from Enbridge, NFWF, Safari Club International, DTE, DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant, and a private donation from an individual of $25,000.  Ben is also working on a large NAWCA grant for SE MI  with DU, USFWS, DNR, and others that will likely include some wetland and associated grassland work at St. John’s Marsh and Harsens Island.  As you can see our mission is still alive and well.  

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