Deep in AMJV’s Virginia Highlands Focal Landscape you can find Boiling Springs Rod and Gun Club, a private hunting club with over 4,000 acres. They are a non-profit organization with 20 members, including a 5-member Wildlife Management Committee. Members of Boiling Springs are acutely aware of how enhancing habitat for deer, turkey, and grouse overlaps with the needs of other birds and pollinators as well. They are active stewards who have sought assistance from multiple experts to protect the health of their land. Funding from The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay allowed them to work with a forester to start a forest management plan for their property. They have also enrolled in Working Lands for Wildlife’s Golden-winged Warbler Initiative to improve early successional habitat.
In 2021, AMJV connected with Boiling Springs to supplement their ongoing management through a $6,000 grant to improve early successional habitat. AMJV staffers Amanda Duren and Liz Brewer met with club president, Jim Cook, and chair of the Wildlife Management Committee, Allen Peacock, to tour their woodlands and begin developing management recommendations. Projects that helped control invasive plants, converted food plots to old fields, and engaged current club members in conservation were of particular interest.
The Boiling Springs Rod and Gun Club has shown immense dedication to enhancing habitat for all wildlife and engaging their members in conservation. AMJV is excited to highlight their hard work in the Virginia Highlands.