Cambria County adds state game lands

BOLIVAR — The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Southwest Region Director Thomas A. Fazi announced the addition of 2,166 acres of land to State Game Lands 042. This additional acreage lies in Lower Yoder and Upper Yoder Townships, Cambria County.

Also, this newly acquired land already adjoins existing State Game Lands 042 and brings its total acreage to 17,811 acres.

It was purchased from Brookville Wood Products using funds from third party commitments for compensation of habitat and recreational losses that occurred on state game lands from previously approved projects. A subsidiary entity of Equitrans Midstream Corporation was a large contributor and instrumental partner in this acquisition.

This newly added acreage is dominated by northern hardwood forests dotted with numerous small forest openings left over from past logging activities. The headwaters of Mill Creek and Little Mill Creek flow down the moderately steep side slopes.

“This additional acreage will allow for larger landscape habitat manipulation to improve the mountain range as a whole for all wildlife species, which in turn will result in better hunting opportunities across the entire game lands,” Game Lands Management Group Supervisor Travis Anderson said.

State Game Warden Seth Mesoras agreed.

“This property will provide increased recreational opportunities for big game hunting, especially black bears,” he said.

With regards to hunter access; Anderson said, “Hunter access is primarily going to be from two locations, the existing state game land road off State Route 271 and a lower access road closer to Westmont that will have a parking area. Signs should be erected by fall hunting seasons to direct hunters to new parking areas off of Route 271.

“If we locate other areas that would provide key access to this tract of land we will assess the feasibility of developing them as part of our habitat management practices.”

Fazi added, “I want to thank my staff for having the foresight to recognize the value of this land; doing the research and laying the groundwork that led to the agency being able to purchase it. Now everyone can benefit from the fruits of their labor for generations yet to come as this land, previously locked up in a private hunting lease, will now be open to all Commonwealth citizens to enjoy.”

State game lands are open to many types of outdoor recreation, but current regulations do have some restrictions. No motorized vehicles of any type (including ATVs, UTVs and motorcycles) are allowed on these properties with the exception of those with Pennsylvania Game Commission approved special permits. Also, no camping is allowed on state game lands and no materials can lawfully be removed at any time except for berries and mushrooms.

State Game Wardens will be increasing enforcement patrols on this newly acquired property. For a full summary of all state game lands regulations, consult your Pa. Hunting & Trapping Digest or visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.pa.gov.

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