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Wildlife forage seed giveaway

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Central Point, Ore. – ODFW is giving away free wildlife forage seed to Rogue Valley area landowners Thursday and Friday, Oct. 1-2. Donations from the Rogue Valley Oregon Hunters Association (RVOHA) matched with federal funds granted to ODFW make this seed free to the public.

Landowners are eligible for one 15-pound bag of seed, which can cover one acre of habitat. The forage mix includes a blend of species selected to attract watchable wildlife, game birds, and mammals. The seeds can grow without irrigation and should be planted now so they are ready to sprout with fall rains.

Due to COVID-19, seed can be picked up at designated times in the driveway at the Denman Wildlife Area office, 1495 E Gregory Road, Central Point. Please follow all social distancing guidelines when picking up seed. The front gate will be open and a staff member available 7-9 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and 4-6 p.m.

Seed is typically gone by the end of the first day. If seed bags remain after Oct. 2., bags will be available each Thursday in October.

Forbs and grasses are an important part of healthy wildlife habitat. This mix includes non-native grasses and herbaceous species that provide critical food resources for animals during the fall and winter when native forage starts to become less nutritious as it matures and deteriorates.

Species include subterranean clover, timothy grass, plantain, Persian clover and orchard grass. These pasture-adapted species can out-compete other invasive non-native plants such as yellow star-thistle which provides very little forage value for wildlife. Understory plants are also useful for stabilizing soils and providing ground cover to control dust and reduce erosion.

The mix is not suitable for healthy habitats such as woodlands and grasslands dominated by native species since these areas already provide suitable forage for wildlife.

Productive habitat on private lands is an essential piece of the puzzle when it comes to ODFW’s mission of protecting and enhancing Oregon’s native wildlife populations.

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Contact:

Dylan Edwards
541- 826-8774
Jack.D.Edwards@odfw.oregon.gov

 
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