From Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- To highlight ongoing habitat improvement initiatives, the public can tour several State Game Lands between Sept. 18 and Oct. 16. All tours are free. Tours the opportunity to see how hunting and furtaker license fees are used to manage lands for wildlife.
Areas open to tours include:
Crawford County: Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., State Game Land 214, which encompasses almost 10,000 acres and includes the agency's Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area.
Cumberland County: Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. until noon, State Game Land 169, which encompasses nearly 2,500 acres.
Bradford County: Oct. 2, from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., rain or shine. This will be a 28-mile, self-guided, circular driving tour through State Game Lands 12 and 36. A tour guide packet that is full of information and old Game Commission photographs will be given to each vehicle at the start of the tour.
Cambria County: Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., State Game Land 108, consisting of 23,086 acres. This 7.5-mile, self-guided, one-way, driving tour will highlight mountainous terrain and fall foliage on the Allegheny front. A high ground clearance vehicle is highly-recommended to participate in this tour.
Bedford/Blair counties: Oct. 9, from noon to 3 p.m., State Game Land 26, which encompasses 12,062 acres in a four-county area. Commission personnel will be on hand to answer questions relating to Game Commission programs and activities.
Clearfield County: Oct. 9, State Game Land 77, which encompasses 3,038 acres. Rain or shine, at 1 p.m., tour participants will meet at the parking area along Game Lands Road (T402), about one mile east of Route 219.This will be a driving tour with short walks.
Luzerne/Wyoming counties: Oct. 9, State Game Land 57, which consists of nearly 44,600 acres. Registration to be held from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the headquarters building complex on SGL 57, Ricketts Station, Forkston Township, Wyoming County. Four-wheel-drive vehicles with high clearance are strongly recommended for this 14-mile, self-guided driving tour.
Lycoming County: Oct. 16, State Game Land 75, Fisher Mine site. At 1 p.m., tour participants will meet at the parking area near the intersection of Shingle Mill Road and Silver Springs Road, northwest of English Center. The tour will highlight the ongoing surface mine operation of the Fisher Mining Company along with past mining operations and current restoration practices to improve wildlife. The tour will be conducted using the Commission's trucks where the participants will be riding in the open-air, so dress accordingly.
Berks/Schuylkill counties: Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., State Game Land 110, which encompasses nearly 10,150 acres of historical, scenic and recreational property in a two-county area. The nine-mile trip will begin at the agency's parking lot on Mountain Road.
Dauphin/Lebanon counties: Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., State Game Land 211, which encompasses more than 44,400 acres in a three-county area. The 17-mile tour starts at the Ellendale gate in Middle Paxton Township, Dauphin County, just northeast of Dauphin Borough.
In 1919, the Game Commission was granted authority to purchase lands for the protection, propagation and management of game and wildlife, and to provide areas for public hunting and trapping. Since that time, the Game Commission has acquired more than 1.4 million acres in 65 of the state's 67 counties (Philadelphia and Delaware counties being the exceptions).
With few exceptions, State Game Lands were purchased using revenues from hunting and furtaker license sales, State Game Lands timber, coal, oil, gas and mineral operation revenues, the state's share of a federal excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition, known as the Pittman-Robertson Program, from Working Together for Wildlife artwork and patch sales, and from the Pennsylvania Waterfowl Management stamp and print sales.
For more information, visit http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_game_lands/11363.