Western Pennsylvania Game Lands getting habitat boost

Celery Swamp in State Game Lands 151 is located northwest of New Castle, Pennsylvania. The wetlands there have degraded in the past 50 years because the Pennsylvania Game Commission was unable to control water levels and mimic natural water cycles.

The result is an influx of invasive and aggressive plant species which choke out native plants attractive to waterfowl and other wildlife.

Ducks Unlimited is enhancing 240 acres of wetland habitat by installing new water-control structures. The enhancements will benefit many species of waterfowl, as the area serves as important habitat for breeding, migrating and wintering ducks. State Game Lands 151 also serves numerous other wildlife and waterbirds, including several species of concern.

The primary goal of this project is to establish beneficial vegetation. It also will support a primary management goal outlined in the Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan to provide quality waterfowl and water bird breeding habitat while secondarily providing migration and wintering habitat for waterfowl.

March 2016