Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 11

Manage and protect a network of public and private lands and waters to provide habitat for wildlife.
Providing hunting and furtaking opportunity are among State Game Lands mandates. During the fiscal year, 4,200 miles of roads were maintained for hunter and habitat management access; 10,000 parking lots were maintained; 109 bridges repaired; 6,461 culverts replaced; and 288 miles of trails maintained. During the fiscal year, 11,332 acres were added to the State Game Lands system, bringing the agency’s total Game Lands acreage to 1,462,086. These are comprised of 305 tracts in 65 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. The single largest acquisition was 9,197 acres in Bell and Greenwood townships, Clearfield County, which was added to SGL 87. Funding for this large tract was made possible by third party commitments for compensation of habitat and recreational losses from previously approved Commission actions on oil/gas and mineral recovery leases. The Game Commission provided local government bodies much needed funding in support of local and county governments and programs where Game Lands are located. Eligible recipients of local municipalities received $1.20 per acre from the Game Fund for payment in-lieu-of taxes that amounted to $1,739,090 divided into three equal payments and sent to the recipient counties, school districts and townships last fiscal year. Last year there were more than 10,000 signs distributed on State Game Lands highlighting wildlife habitat techniques, food plots, prescribed fire treatments, deer fence exclosures, forest management areas and other management practices. Maintaining identifiable boundary lines is among the many tasks of Food & Cover Corps crews. This year, 1,955 miles of boundary lines on Game Lands were cleared, inspected and marked. Shooting ranges are located on several tracts of Game Lands for use of holders of range permits or valid state hunting or furtaking licenses. Food & Cover Corps staff conducted 1,266 range visits with major safety upgrade projects completed on one range. Early successional habitats are in decline across the state, causing them to be listed as key habitats in the Wildlife Action Plan. There were 3,922 acres of early successional habitat treatments conducted by Game Commission Food & Cover Corps crews last year. An additional 2,199 acres were treated through third party contracts. Many of these acres will be maintained through the agency’s prescribed fire program. One of the most significant habitat developments of the past several years was passage of the Prescribed Burning Practices Act. The Game Commission is working closely with the Bureau of Forestry, Bureau of State Parks, DMVA, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service to train personnel and develop landscape scale prescribed fire plans. There were 61 burn plans submitted and reviewed, resulting in prescribed fire treatment on 1,222 acres on Game Lands. 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, 1,523 acres of stripmines were reclaimed to native herbaceous habitat. In addition to stripmines, 327 acres of native grasses were established on Game Lands. Invasive plants present an ongoing problem on State Game Lands. Invasive species that negatively impact wildlife habitat were detected and addressed on 2,402 acres of
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013
Contents
PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
Late Season Grouse
Then and Now
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Late Season Grouse
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Then and Now
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Crossings
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