STATE GAME LANDS TOURS ON TAP IN OCTOBER
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania State Gambling Lands are something to see.
Want to see for yourself? Take one of the Pennsylvania Game Commission guided playground tours that the Pennsylvania Game Commission is hosting in October.
The first visits of the season are scheduled for Sunday October 3. Other visits are scheduled every Sunday until October 24.
A total of nine tours are scheduled. The tours provide a good example of the opportunities available on game lands statewide, while showing how the habitat work that takes place on these expanses benefits wildlife.
All tours are free, organized, rain or shine and only open to vehicles authorized to use public roads.
Here is the schedule:
Sunday October 3
State Game Lands 290, Perry County, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Game Commission staff will be on hand to explain points of interest and answer questions during this guided walking tour around the game lands more commonly known as Haldeman Island. The tour will highlight habitat improvements, nesting structures, and various hunting and trapping opportunities. The tour will showcase what the Game Commission Wildlife Habitat Teams, with help from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl and the Middle Susquehanna River Chapter, have accomplished through hard work. relentlessly on this expanse of public and once deserted land. Isle. One mile and 2 mile travel routes are provided for this tour. All participants will need to park in designated areas along Island Road, just off Highways 11 and 15. From there those joining the tour will gather on the mainland side of the bridge to await instructions from staff. of the gaming commission. There is a very high presence of ticks and mosquitoes on the island, so dress appropriately and bring appropriate shoes for walking.
State Game Lands 57, Lucerne and Wyoming Counties, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Game Commission staff will be on hand to explain points of interest, including wildlife habitat improvement projects. Four-wheel-drive vehicles with high clearance are required for this 30-mile self-guided tour and it will take around three hours to complete. The tour will pass through habitat improvement projects carried out by the State Game Lands 57 Wildlife Habitat Team with assistance from the National Wild Turkey Federation, Whitetails Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited. Representatives of the Game Commission and conservation organizations will be on hand to explain the projects and answer questions. The route will begin at the Hunting Grounds parking area on Mountain Springs Road, just off State Highway 487. Each vehicle will receive a map and a brief explanation of the wildlife habitat management programs underway on that route. magnificent expanse of public hunting grounds.
Sunday October 10
State Game Lands 26, Bedford County, noon to 3 pm – The public is invited to tour State Game Lands 26, a 12,000-acre expanse located in Blue Knob, Pennsylvania. This driving tour begins on Route 869 near the Bedford / Cambria County line and covers approximately 7 miles. Attendees will find many opportunities to take advantage of historical aspects and habitat quality improvements carried out by the Pennsylvania Game Commission habitat teams in partnership with cooperating organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation. The work of the Game Commission forestry staff will also be showcased through the visualization of the vast timber production from the sale of timber and improvement of timber stands.
State Game Lands 12, Bradford County, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – This tour will highlight habitat improvements, infrastructure improvements and hunting opportunities. The tour will showcase what the Game Commission wildlife habitat management teams, as well as dedicated volunteers from several conservation organizations, have accomplished on public lands. The 28-mile self-guided circular car tour through State Game Lands 12 will take approximately two hours. State Game Lands 12 consists of nearly 24,480 acres in Bradford County. The route will begin at the playground parking lot at the top of Wheelerville Mountain on State Route 154, just south of Canton. Vehicles with good ground clearance are recommended. The route heads east to Barclay Cemetery, then descends to Laquin before turning west on the railroad to Wheelerville. The tour ends at the intersection with National Route 154 in Wheelerville. From there, participants can travel north on National Route 154 to Canton, or south to Shunk in Sullivan County. The tour passes through Sunfish Pond County Park, so a picnic may be the order of the day! Those who do the tour will find the mountain’s local history and Game Commission refuge system intriguing. A pocket guide with historical information and photographs will be provided to each vehicle at the start of the tour.
Sunday 17th October
State Game Lands 108, Cambria County, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – This 7.5 mile, one-way, self-guided, driving tour will highlight mountainous terrain and early fall foliage on the Allegheny front. Points of interest along the tour route include a rehabilitated open pit area that has been converted into small game habitat, where the Hunting Commission releases pheasants. The area also serves as a study area for grassland breeding birds, including the Henslow’s Sparrow, a grassland species of special concern. Endangered harriers, hawks and short-eared owls also inhabit the study area. There are also several forestry projects aimed at improving wildlife habitat and herbaceous openings that have been planted to provide food for wildlife along the route. Each tour participant will receive a brochure with information on the features of the tour route. The tour begins on the Game Land Access Road, three-tenths of a mile north of Frugality along National Highway 53 in White Township. Look for the sign. The tour will end on the national road 865, near Blandburg in the canton of Reade. Pennsylvania Game Commission staff will be located along the tour route to highlight projects and answer questions. The visit will take place rain or shine.
State Game Lands 252, Lycoming and Union Counties, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Game Commission staff will visit SGL 252 Habitat Crew Building at 2495 Alvira Road, Allenwood, to provide a map of the tour itinerary as well as a brochure highlighting the stops on this 9 mile route. The stops mostly consist of habitat improvements with a few historic sites in the city and the US Army depot that existed there before the Game Commission acquired the property. Stops include several managed water reservoirs, managed dove fields, woodcock management areas, warm season grass management areas and old fields and even the opportunity to visit one of the many WWII era TNT bunkers. All-wheel drive vehicles are recommended, as some areas can get muddy in wet weather.
State Game Lands 110, Berks County, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – This tour begins at the gate of Mountain Road approximately 5 miles west of the district of Hamburg and ends at the gate of State Road 183 , 6 km north of Strausstown. Game Commission staff will be stationed along the tour route to provide site specific information and answer questions.
State Game Lands 211, Dauphin County, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Known as the Stoney Valley Tour, this tour begins at Ellendale Forge Gate, located 6 miles east of Dauphin Borough, along Stoney Valley Road, and ends at the gate of the gold mine. Game Commission staff will be stationed along the tour route to provide site specific information and answer questions.
Sunday October 24
State Game Lands 169, Cumberland County 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – This self-guided tour will be a combined car and walking tour that will begin at the State Game Lands 169 Habitat Team Headquarters at 375 Bridgewater Road in Newville . Tour participants will have the opportunity to travel 3.5 miles and walk half a mile to observe various types of habitats including wetlands, grasslands and forests. The tour will highlight several ongoing projects for woodcock habitat, restoration of Savanah pines and oaks, and restoration of native grasslands. Questions can be directed to the South Central Regional Office at 814-643-1831.
MEDIA CONTACT: Travis Lau – 717-705-6541
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