CURWENSVILLE – A presentation titled “Managing Private Lands 101: Tips and tricks for improving the wildlife value of your land” will be held next month.
Free and open to the public, it will be held before the March meeting of the Clearfield County Senior Environment Corps (SEC). It was noted that SEC membership is open to anyone who is at least 55 years of age.
The presentation will begin at 10 a.m. at the Curwensville Community Center, and guests are invited to come early for coffee and donuts.
The guest speaker is Eli DePaulis, a Wildlife Technology student at the Penn State DuBois campus. His program will cover the basics of managing private lands for wildlife, including evaluating existing habitats, setting attainable goals and implementing wildlife habitat improvement projects.
Topics to be covered include deer management, invasive species control, effective tree planting and resources for landowners trying to improve the value of their land for wildlife.
The habitat management techniques to be discussed can also be implemented on properties of all sizes, which makes this program appropriate for any interested landowner.
This past December, DePaulis received the John Roe Student Sustainability Award from the Council of Sustainable Leaders at the Sustainability Institute at University Park.
He earned the award for his work to eliminate an invasive species of shrub honeysuckle from wetlands near the Penn State DuBois campus.
The John Roe Student Sustainability Awards recognize exemplary performance by individuals who consistently excel at cultivating opportunities to advance the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals while demonstrating personal integrity, an unwavering commitment to their values/morals and a commitment to the mission/values of Penn State.
If the presentation would be cancelled due to inclement weather, the presentation will be held at the same time and location March 16. Also, if the Curwensville Area School District would be closed March 2, the SEC will use that guidance for postponement.