Wildlife Habitat

Overseen by Dave Kaleta of Wildlife Habitat, Shamokin, PA, and in cooperation with Community Awareness Committee (CAC) from the American Mushroom Institute, Mushroom Compost was used as a top layer on abandoned mine land (AML) to act as the seed bed for germinating wildlife seed. The ground is composed of slate and coal mining (culm) debris making it untillable. The compost was spread 3-4 inches thick without further incorporation. The perennial seed mixture included Canadian and Virginia wild rye that have drawn in deer, turkey, woodcock and other wild game. The grasshopper population on this plot is evident and is another food source for wild fowl. Winter die back reveals a clear distinction of the edge of the compost plot.


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