Interactive Habitat Workshop Can Benefit Deer, Wildlife

One of the best ways to help your wildlife is by providing the best habitat possible on your property, with prescribed burns, elimination of exotic or invasive species, and cultivation or nurturing of native species beneficial to deer, songbirds and other wildlife.

Prescribed burning is one great way to eliminate understory growth and leaf litter, and rejuvenate the soil.

Prescribed burning is one great way to eliminate understory growth and leaf litter, and rejuvenate the soil.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a Practical Wildlife Habitat Management seminar at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh on April 24.

The 6-9 p.m. seminar is free, but pre-registration is required.

Presented by the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), this interactive workshop is designed for landowners and sportsmen who want to improve their properties to benefit wildlife and conserve habitat.

“This seminar is specifically geared toward the non-professional,” said Guy Gardner, the presenter with QDMA. “We will discuss techniques to implement a cost-effective, practical habitat management program allowing anyone to improve the quality of their property for the benefit of wildlife.”

The seminar will consist of:

  • An overview of wildlife habitat requirements;
  • Advice on developing a wildlife habitat management plan;
  • Information on the wildlife value of native plants and reasons to avoid using some invasive vegetation; and,
  • Guidance on techniques to enhance habitat, such as old-field management prescribed burning, planting mast trees and food plots to attract and retain wildlife.

The seminar will wrap up with a question-and-answer session. Handouts on important food sources for wildlife will be given to all participants.

The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is one of four learning centers operated by the Wildlife Commission. The Centennial Center is located on the first floor of the Wildlife Commission headquarters at 1751 Varsity Drive on N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Casey Williams with the center at 919-707-0202 or emailĀ casey.williams@ncwildlife.org.

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