(KPLR) - Do you own some land? Would you like to see more deer, turkey, quail, songbirds or other wildlife on your property? There are things you can do to make that happen. Jennifer Porcelli is a Private Lands Conservationist with the Conservation Department. She’s here with some tips to help landowners manage their land for wildlife, and information about an upcoming workshop where you can learn even more.
Q. First of all, what does a Private Lands Conservationist do?
- Provide assistance to private landowners who want to manage their land for wildlife and put in place conservation-friendly practices
- Over 90% of land in Missouri is privately owned
- Private landowners have an important role in helping Missouri’s wildlife
Q. What is some advice you give to landowners?
- Know what you already have on your property
- Consult aerial photos for example
- Always look at the broad picture when it comes to making land management decisions and don’t get too focused on only one aspect
- Learn how the land provides for wildlife and work with that
- Decide on a management goal you want to achieve (e.g. increase quail)
- Develop a plan to meet that goal
- Think as a “land planner”, not just as a “landowner”
Q. What resources are out there to help landowners?
- Free technical assistance
- Cost share programs at both state and federal level
Q. And there’s your workshop coming up. Tell us more about that.
- A Helping Hand to Manage Your Land Workshop
- Hosted in partnership between MDC and the University of Missouri Extension
- Two full day sessions
- Saturday, March 2 at Powder Valley Nature Center
- Saturday, March 9 at the MU Extension Center in St. Peters
- Sign up for either or both days
- Presenters from MDC, MU Extension, Quail Forever, National Wild Turkey Federation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will cover many topics
- Deer, turkey and small game management
- Wildlife food plots
- Managing ponds and streams
- Dealing with wildlife damage and invasive plants
- Cost share programs
Q. How can viewers learn more or register?
- Call 636-970-3000
- Cost is $25 for both days or $15 for one day, includes catered lunch
Registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 25