If you participate in some of the Farm Service Agency programs, you probably wonder why they have restrictions of how soon you can mow down grass on certain practices. Many of these limitations were adjusted or eliminated last year for 2012 only due to the drought, but are effective again this year. They're in place to help provide habitat for wildlife and gamebirds, especially during nesting seasons, FSA officials say.
One landowner in Ripley County is converting his entire farm to a restored wetland and developing other practices related to restoring wildlife habitat. Though not popular with neighbors who would rather farm the land, it's an option for landowners who want to bring back wildlife or restore land to its natural state.
If you're serious about managin g your land to help bring back wildlife, consider attending an 8- week course called 'Wildlife Management for the Private Landowner.' It will begin Feb. 12 and continue every Tuesday evening through April 2, 6 to 9 p.m. EST each week. The course will be held at the Southeast Purdue Ag Center near Butlerville.
In addition, a forest management day on March 9 and a grassland/wetland management day on March 30 are scheduled at the same location.
Much of the information in the eight-week workshop will center around restoring habitat for wildlife, and learning where to look for information that can help you develop habitat to bring back a particular species to your area. Purdue University Extension wildlife specialists and specialists in wildlife, forestry and biology from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will be conducting the training courses.
Cost for the workshop is $100, says Rob Chapman, Purdue Extension wildlife specialist. Register by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 812-662-4999. You can also learn more about the workshop on your own by finding a brochure at purdue.edu/for/Documetns/WildlifeWorkshop2013.pdf.