by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC
Saturday was a neat day for me. Bacon Creek Cooperative held their second annual cooperative meeting. What makes this special, is that this is the first cooperative I helped start in my formal role as the Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator with MUCC. Jeffery Antes has done a great job communicating with his neighbors and helping equip them to increase their ability to manage their local wildlife. To make matters more exciting, I also out ran a severe storm when I left this event, and found out later that day that the meeting location was just a mile away from where a tornado touched down. Fortunately, there doesn't seem to be any serious damage from that particular twister.
Last weekend, seven volunteers improved wildlife habitat in the Barry State Game Area by building four new brush piles for rabbitat. Volunteers cut black locust trees from a stand that is due to be cut as it’s reached its 30 year regeneration cycle. The Barry SGA does not have a sustainable aspen population, so the regeneration of black locust is important for wildlife habitat. This was the first project in the area for MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Program and there will be more to come. This group also helped MUCC’s volunteer number reach over 1,000 volunteers that have improved wildlife habitat on public land since the program started in 2013!!! Thank you to each and every hunter, angler, trapper, and conservationist that has volunteered their time!