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John Morgan

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John Morgan

John Morgan is a certified wildlife biologist who hails from a small town in north-central Pennsylvania. (You know its rural when it takes 30 minutes to get to McDonald’s with no traffic lights!) Growing up in a country setting fostered his passion for the outdoors. He grew up hunting and fishing with his dad and brother and helped put up hay on the neighbor’s farm for some spending money. He quickly recognized that a career in natural-resource management was where he belonged.

His professional path started at Penn State University, majoring in wildlife and fisheries science. As an undergraduate student, he delved into wetlands research leading to his first job as a research associate with the Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center.

The University of Georgia was the next stop. As a master’s candidate, he studied the eastern wild turkey’s utilization of a landscape dominated by agriculture and silviculture. The Conservation Reserve Program was a key component of his project and became his first exposure to USDA agricultural programs. 

After completing his Master’s program, John landed in central Florida, managing 30,000 acres of Wildlife Management Areas for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. He gained experience in land managemen,t particularly in the area of prescribed burning. After three years of enduring the seemingly endless summers, he moved to Kentucky as a small-game biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Today, John, his wife, Bobbi, and daughter, Bailey, call Lawrenceburg, Ky., home. They enjoy their 15-acre hobby farm, where they raise a garden and manage their land for wildlife. When not working on the farm, he enjoys training his young German wire-haired pointer, Raina, for pursuit of upland game birds, like northern bobwhite, woodcock and ruffed grouse.
 
Professionally, John has gained expertise in agricultural policy, native-grass management, small-game management and conservation of natural resources in the agricultural landscape. He enjoys assisting farmers and landowners to blend the production of crops, livestock and timber with land stewardship. As Gifford Pinchot once said, “Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation, and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day.” John focuses his freelance writing with Hobby Farms on that theme. He’s published numerous technical and popular articles and co-authored the Kentucky bobwhite restoration plan. 


10 Reasons to Plant a Farm Tree
On Arbor Day (or any day), consider the reasons why trees can benefit your farm.

Building Nest Boxes
Learn how building nest boxes and installing them on your farm can help manage wildlife that lives and visits there.

Hunting on the Farm
Hunters and hobby farmers can work together toward wildlife management, hunting access and help ensure the health of the farm and environment.

Halt, Thief!
Don’t let wildlife turn your garden plot into their food plot. Learn about common garden invaders and how to stop these garden critters in their tracks.

Using Travel Corridors on the Farm
Learn how to employ travel corridors--a wildlife habitat--to help manage wildlife on your farm.

10 Native Plants to Market
Finding a niche market for your native plants can be tricky. Use this guide to help get you started.

Manage Fish-friendly Farm Ponds
Get your farm pond fish-ready this summer with these maintenance tips and tasks.

Prevent Fish Kills
Understanding the natural operation of your farm fish pond can help you keep your fish alive and healthy.

 

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