The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is pleased to announce that its Huckleberry Mountain Branch of Pennsylvania has received a $10,000 grant from Chesapeake Energy, the second-largest producer of natural gas in the United States.
The Branch will use 10 percent of the grant money for educational purposes, and a majority of the remainder will be used for habitat improvement projects on State Game Lands. Branch volunteers have already been working with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to identify habitat improvement projects with the highest priority.
“Pennsylvania’s forests have been degraded over decades of white-tailed deer overpopulation,” said Huckleberry Mountain Branch President Josh Miller of Elk Grove. “With deer density now lower in many areas, better forest regeneration is now evident, and we must keep moving in that direction. With the generous donation from Chesapeake Energy, we will be able to further increase forest regeneration by increasing habitat quality and offering greater forage diversity for whitetails.”
With 10 percent of the grant money going toward educational purposes, the Huckleberry Mountain Branch already has one of its first projects in sight – to introduce the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) to the Benton, Pennsylvania, school district.