Pennsylvania Game News - January 2011 - 14
fences around 340 acres of recently timbered habitat. After three consecutive years of gypsy moth defoliation, the forest habitats on Game Lands got a reprieve. No spray2009-10 ing was needed this year and, currently, none is anticipated for next year, resulting in considerable savings, as well as needed relief for the critical oak resource. Gypsy moths will be back, however, and the agency continues to monitor the impacts and conduct habitat improvements to mitigate future impacts of this pest. The Board approved five oil/gas and Land Management Officer JOHN DZEMYAN mineral recovery lease actions during 2009- shows off some plants grown on food plots 10, including one oil/gas development planted for wildlife. lease, one non-surface use oil/gas lease; two surface mining leases and one coal refuse removal and reclamation lease. The approved bonus cash value for these actions is $1,961,915. These approvals also provided for the acquisition of 2,457 acres, a value of $2,181,300. The Oil/Gas & Mineral Development Section worked with private companies to establish 159 oil/gas well locations on Game Lands. Total revenue generated from oil/ gas and mineral recovery operations was $2,590,720. The Oil/Gas and Mineral Recovery Section currently manages 54 companies operating a total of 102 lease agreements on 61 Game Lands. Oil/gas and mineral ownership continues to be researched and updated in response to Marcellus shale drilling activity. OGM ownership research was conducted on 131 parcels (more than 127,076 acres), among 21 different Game Lands complexes and results were input into the agency’s GIS database. Five mineral lease boundaries were added to the GIS database. All new oil/gas drilling permit information, including the associated well attribute data, were also added to or updated in the GIS database. The agency continues to research adverse claims of oil/gas/mineral rights that have potential to impact Game Lands surface acreage. Defending against these claims to adequately protect the inherent recreational values and future surface uses has caused an increased burden in staff time and resources. Grants are integral to habitat management programs. Last year the agency received 22 grants totaling more than $18.5 million. Many grants span several fiscal years.
SINCE the creation of the PGC Wind Energy Voluntary Cooperative Agreement, 29 companies have become cooperators, thus agreeing to avoid, minimize and potentially mitigate adverse impacts of wind energy on private lands may have on wildlife.