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The History of State Game Lands Acquisition By Jackie Dattisman PGC Paralegal Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management IN 1895 the Game Commission was created out of a need to restore wildlife that had been decimated by unregulated hunting and habitat destruction. Specifically, the agency was charged with regulating hunting and protecting wildlife habitat in Pennsylvania. To restore wildlife, Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker authorized the Board of Game Commissioners to establish Game Refuges. The Refuges were located on state forests, and hunting was prohibited. There were 24 refuges in all. Under powers conferred by an act of the General Assembly of 1919, the first State Game Lands was purchased by the Game Commission on June 15, 1920. State Game Lands 25 was a 6,288-acre tract in Elk County owned by the Wright Chemical Company. The price was $2.75 per acre. By 1950, the Game Commission had purchased 898,936 acres, and the maximum purchase price that could be paid from the Game Fund had been raised from $2.75 per acre to $30 per acre. Since the 1950s, the Game Commission has continued to acquire State Game Lands by using combinations of hunters’ dollars with federal and state funding. The Project 70 Land Acquisition and Borrowing Act, enacted June 22, 1964, permitted the commonwealth to purchase lands that would be used for conservation, recreation and historical preservation. With Project 70 funding, the Game ComJULY 2009 mission was able to acquire 20,016 acres in 15 counties. The Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, for example, was obtained mostly with Project 70 funds. Comprised of more than 4,300 acres, Middle Creek provides excellent habitat for waterfowl, as well as forest and farmland wildlife. A 400-acre lake hosts thousands of snow geese and tundra swans as they migrate through Pennsylvania in November and again in early spring. Another significant land acquisition purchased with Project 70 funds is an area known as “The Glades,” which is located on SGL 95 in Butler County. More than 2,000 acres were purchased from 38 landowners, and it is now a protected waterfowl and bird migration area. This huge wetland is used not only for the protection of migrating waterfowl, but also is of great benefit to the Game Commission which, in conjunction with Audubon Pennsylvania, have monitored the wetland’s nesting birds, such as the osprey, and have studied other wetland species of special concern. Project 500 Funding was used to purchase parts of the Shohola Wildlife Management Area on SGL 180 in Pike County, and Scotia Range in Centre County, which is part of SGL 176. Project 500 was funded to clean waterways polluted by acid mine 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009
Life &Times of the Whitetail
Contents
Bald Eagles along the Susquehanna
A Price to Pay
In Broad Daylight
Pennsylvania Elk With a Flintlock
Allan and Granddad’s .44-40 Colt Lightning
The History of State Game Lands Acquisition
The Year that Changed My Life
Where’s The Gun?
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 - July 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Life &Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Bald Eagles along the Susquehanna
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - A Price to Pay
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 9
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - In Broad Daylight
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Pennsylvania Elk With a Flintlock
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Allan and Granddad’s .44-40 Colt Lightning
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - The History of State Game Lands Acquisition
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - The Year that Changed My Life
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Where’s The Gun?
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - July 2009 - Crossings
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