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Logging contractors completed 39 contracts during the year, improved 48.9 miles of haul roads, constructed 10.6 miles of new roads (which became wildlife food strips after seeding), and placed 111 culverts. The value of these on-site improvements exceeded $545,000, with cost borne by the timber operator and, thus, deducted from the totals of the timber bids. Additionally, $611,000 worth of improvements were completed through timber sale contracts, including landing and skid road seeding with wildlife mixes, parking lot construction, gate installation, and deer exclosure fencing. With early successional habitats in decline across the state, causing them to be listed as “key habitats” in the Wildlife Action Plan, 1,814 acres of forest and shrubland were treated by Food & Cover crews, and 3,083 acres were treated through contracts to provide more of this habitat. Many of these acres will be maintained through prescribed fire. Grasslands are another key habitat, and many of the state’s largest grasslands occur on strip mined sites. The Game Commission embarked on a grassland conservation initiative late in the year. Thus far, 1,196 acres of strip mines were reclaimed to native herbaceous habitat. Maintaining optimum habitat diversity on game lands is an important goal of our Forest Habitat Management Program. Forty-five (45) forest habitat management projects containing 6,550 acres were offered for bid to commercial timber harvest operators during the year. These contained approximately 17.8 million board feet for which bidders offered $4,432,849. Although this represents an increase in total acres from the previous year, the average bid values decreased, evidence of depressed timber markets in the economy. Timber contractors harvested 5,690 acres that yielded more than 18.7 million board feet of logs and 152,207 tons of pulpwood. These operations generated $7,636,251. This was an increase of 704 acres over the previous fiscal year. However, these additional acres yielded $1.5 million less in revenue. Additional non-commercial forest habitat improvement projects including regeneration treatments, crop tree releases, and pre-commercial thinnings resulted in 1,731 additional acres of improved habitat. Also, the forestry staff provided support to the ever-growing mineral recovery and right-of-way operations on 330 acres of State Game Lands, which demonstrates a continued increase in OGM and ROW operations. With the stabilization of more balanced deer populations, positive impacts are being noted in forest habitats. The PGC is actively removing deer exclosure fencing in areas where habitats have successfully regenerated. In the 2010 Fiscal Year 1,143 acres of fencing were removed, while only 979 acres of fence were constructed. The agency’s Public Access programs continue to provide hunting opportunity on private lands. This year, 14,508 Public Access cooperators allowed hunting access to 2,707,323 acres of private land. Considerable wildlife habitat was improved on private lands via Farm Bill Programs. This included 216 CREP plans which added 2,435 acres to the program, brings the PA CREP and CRP total since 2000 to 206,921 acres, making Pennsylvania a leader in the program. An additional 142 landowners offered to enroll 4,395 acres in conservation cover through the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP – Forestry).

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