Why We Need More Fields of Switchgrass I thought monoculture switchgrass was not good for wildlife? Due to Pennsylvania’s fragmented landscape, diversity is met by the small size of our fields. Pennsylvania is not the Midwest with large tracts of land. Switchgrass alone is not enough. A switchgrass field surrounded by woodlands will not work. It must be in a primarily agricultural setting.
Comparing Two Farms Farm #1 Farm #2 Has 60 acres of solid Has all diversified grasses switchgrass Has had 80 wild pheasants Has had 4 wild pheasants flushed the last two years flushed the last two years Fields of monoculture switchgrass provide the missing winter cover and nesting cover currently missing on the Pennsylvania landscape.
Increasing the Wild Pheasant Population in the WPRA Simply stated, we must recreate the habitat we have on Farm #1 on other CREP farms in the WPRA. Forget what we think we know about pheasant habitat and listen to what the birds are telling us.