Volunteers sought to help wildlife at Tionesta Lake

From staff reports

Volunteers are needed to help create wildlife habitat at Tionesta Lake for Saturday with the Ruffed Grouse Society. No special skills are needed.

Anyone interested should contact Jed Hamberger at jedhamberger@gmail.com so the staff knows which type of and how many tools to bring.

Those who cannot make the tentative dates should also contact Hamberger, as there is a retired person with Ruffed Grouse Society who is willing to meet volunteers for a workday outside of a Saturday.

The meeting spot will be the parking lot of the Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 2048 German Hill Road, Tionesta. Volunteers should be at the parking lot by 10 a.m. and plan on two to three hours of work. Park staff and Ruffed Grouse Society volunteers will be available to answer any questions.

The alder renewal process involves volunteers working in teams of three.

One person with all the required safety equipment will operate a chainsaw to cut stumps that are 1 to 5 inches in diameter. A second person piles brush and uses loppers to cut stumps less than 1 inch in size, and a third volunteer piles brush.

Alder will be cut within an area of 30 feet square adjacent to a user-created trail through the thicket.

Boots, jackets, gloves and hats will be required of volunteers.

The Ruffed Grouse Society will furnish any needed equipment.