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Game Lands. Tree and shrub seedlings totaling 305,991 were planted to improve habitat diversity on Game Lands. Maintaining optimum habitat diversity on Game Lands is an important goal of our Forest Habitat Management Program. Timber contractors harvested 6,327 acres that yielded more than 18.4 million board feet of logs and 152,733 tons of pulpwood. These operations generated 2011-12 $6,597,810. The increase in harvesting activity seems to indicate a stability returning to the timber markets, but the dollar values attached to the timber will likely not increase much over the next few years as the industry recovers from the economic slump. With the stabilization of more balanced deer populations, positive impacts are being noted in forest habitats. The Game Commission is actively removing deer exclosure fencing in areas where habitats have successfully regenerated. During the last fiscal year, 396 acres of fencing were removed. The Howard Nursery produced and distributed 2,670,525 tree and shrub seedlings for wildlife food and cover plantings, and 961,125 of the seedlings were sold to the public and other wildlife partners for $187,021. The nursery wood shop produced and shipped 28,694 wood products that included: 3,315 bluebird boxes; 14,705 bluebird box kits; 385 wood duck boxes and kits; 175 bat houses; 73 custom signs; 121 boundary line signs; 287 bulletin boards; and 5,300 sign backboards for use on Game Lands and Hunter Access properties. Wood products are available for purchase by the public on the agency’s website. Coordination on non-Game Commission public lands provides additional hunting and habitat management opportunity. There are 78,523 acres of Army Corps of Engineers land managed by the agency through cooperative agreements. An additional 37,000 acres of State Forest and State Park lands are cooperatively managed by Game Commission crews across the state. The Game Commission provided technical assistance and habitat management expertise to DCNR for implementation of American woodcock habitat improvements on 700 acres in Susquehannock, Lackawanna, Cornplanter, Gallitzin, Michaux, Buchannan, Forbes, Tuscarora and Tioga state forests. The agency’s Hunter Access programs provide hunting opportunity on private lands. This year, 15,399 Hunter Access cooperators allowed access on more than 2,666,007 acres of private land. Through a Voluntary Hunter Access and Habitat Improvement Program (VPA-HIP) grant from the USDA, 121 new habitat projects
MEGAN McCLELLAND, Stoneboro, got her first turkey last spring that her dad, DAVID, called in. A lot of habitat work for turkeys and other wildlife is made possible by partners, such as the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), and other groups, working with the Game Commission. The NWTF and local sportsmen’s clubs, for example, made possible the purchase of 27 acres adjoining SGL 106 in Berks County.

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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
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 3
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 5
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 26
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
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 40
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 43
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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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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - B
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