Wildlife Habitat Enhancement

Wildlife Habitat Enhancement (HM1L0S)

Location: Hershey, PA 17033 Dauphin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 17.002', W 76° 38.321'

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Milton Hershey School Agricultural and Environmental Education

Native grass meadows are used as a constituent of the landscape on the campus of Milton Hershey School. Benefits of meadow installation:
· Meadows provide excellent habitat elements for a variety of wildlife species. In particular, ground nesting birds-the group of birds which contains the greatest number of species of special concern in the state of Pennsylvania. Uncommon birds which may be sighted in campus meadows are Meadowlarks, Grasshopper sparrows, and Boblinks during their migration.
· Meadows control rainwater runoff. The vertical growth and extensive root systems of the meadows help absorb rain. By keeping runoff in the landscape, rather than shuttling it directly into campus streams, meadows reduce downstream flood potential. At the same time, root systems direct runoff water to underground aquifers. Aquifers store the water and slowly release it into the streams. This lessens drought severity by keeping streams flowing.
· Meadows provide a low-cost alternative to mowing grass. Annual maintenance budgets are reduced to a sum 30 times less per acre by converting from turf to meadows. Generally, established meadow maintenance consists of an annual mowing or controlled burn.
· Most important to the Milton Hershey School's mission, the meadows provide excellent teaching tools for academic staff to assist students in achieving scholastic standards.
HM NumberHM1L0S
Placed ByMilton Hershey School Enviornmental Center
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Date Added Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 at 6:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 360699 N 4460497
Decimal Degrees40.28336667, -76.63868333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 17.002', W 76° 38.321'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 17' 0.12" N, 76° 38' 19.26" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-348 Old Meadow Ln, Hershey PA 17033, US
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