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were planned and implementation has begun on 6,445 acres on private lands, and 17,511 new acres were enrolled into the Hunter Access program as a result of this grant. In addition, the grant paid for Game News magazine subscriptions to all Hunter Access cooperators. Considerable wildlife habitat was improved on private lands via Farm Bill Programs. This included 303 CREP plans that were written and became contracts. This year an additional 7,589 acres of habitat were included into the PA CREP, bringing the total to 205,794 acres and making Pennsylvania a leader in the program. An additional 70 landowners offered to enroll 1,348 acres in young forest created habitat through the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) and Working Lands For Wildlife Program. In addition, more than 80 Forest Management plans were written, and $1,024,613 was spent to implement wildlife habitat related practices using the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP – Forestry). Since the creation of the Game Commission’s Wind Energy Voluntary Cooperative Agreement, 33 wind development companies have become cooperators, agreeing to avoid, minimize and potentially mitigate any adverse impacts from development of wind energy on private lands that may occur to the state’s wildlife resources. Staff continued to work with wind companies to mitigate endangered bird and bat species mortality that has been documented at operational wind facilities. During the past fiscal year, the Oil/Gas and Mineral Development Section reviewed 96 oil or gas well locations and their affiliated access ways on Game Lands. Of these, 70 were Marcellus Shale oil and gas well locations at which only three were under PGC oil/gas development leases whereas 67 were on Game Lands’ surfaces where the PGC does not own the subsurface gas rights. These reviews and coordination resulted in improvements to parking lots and roads, as well as maintenance on related Game Land infrastructure at the expense of the developer. Total revenues received from oil/gas and mineral recovery operations in 2011-2012 were $21,334,570, which includes oil/gas royalties ($3,872,593) coal royalties ($1,254,670), rental and lease bonus payments ($15,726,068), sand gravel and stone operations ($113,943) and surface damages ($367,296). The Game Commission Engineering Division has been focused on helping the agency recover from the devastating flooding as a result of Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011. The flooding caused $5,104,712 in damage to agency facilities. The Loyalsock and Northcentral game farms in Lycoming County were particularly hard hit by the flooding. Repairs to buildings and holding fields were completed in time to have both game farms achieve full production levels for the spring 2012 brooding season. Construction of the new Northwest Region Office in Franklin was completed in March 2012. The Northwest Region staff moved into the new building in early April. Installation of a new roof on the Southwest Region Office in Ligonier was also completed. Nine new bridges were constructed on Game Lands during the fiscal year using Pittman-Robertson funds. A dam renovation on SGL 282 in Warren County was completed during the fiscal year and involved installation of a new outlet structure. The project was completed using PGC labor and rented equipment at a reduced cost. The engineering staff also conducted the required safety inspections on the seven high hazard dams owned by the agency. All seven dams were found to be in excellent condition. The Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for all seven PGC-owned high hazard dams are complete. The Engineering Division has a large backlog of projects to complete in the next decade to keep the infrastructure of the agency intact. Infrastructure failures can have negative affects on all other agency programs, and construction and repair project funding must continue so that vital services and programs are not jeopardized.
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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 - 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 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Another View
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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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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