Strawberry Hills joins Game Commission program

The Logan Township su­pervisors this week agreed to place the 100-acre Strawberry Hills tract west of Juniata into the state Game Commission’s Hunter Access Program.

The “cooperative agreement” between the township and commission will allow archery hunting, horseback riding and bicycling, but no hunting with guns, trapping, camping, campfires or motorized vehicles, according to a resolution read by Township Manager Tim Brown.

Under the agreement, the commission will patrol the property, helping to stem illegal incursions by all-terrain vehicles and illegal hunting, officials said in August, after game warden Salvatore Zaffuto pitched the program upon the invitation of Police Chief Dave Reese.

The commission may also provide land management help, free seedlings and bird boxes and appropriate signage, Zaffuto said then.

The archery hunting will be subject to regular Game Commission’s rules, according to the supervisors.

No one came to the supervisors to oppose the idea of entering the program after the August meeting, supervisors Chairman Jim Patterson said this week.

One person suggested turning the tract into a motorcycle park, but that idea got no traction, as nearby residents have long complained about the illegal use of ATVs on the property, Patterson said.

It’s not big enough for a motorcycle park anyway, Patterson said.

The township can withdraw from the program whenever it wants, although the commission asks for 60 days’ notice, Zaffuto said.

The Hunter Access Program began in 1936 and now includes 13,000 parcels throughout the state, according to the commission website.

The township acquired Strawberry Hills by donation from a bankruptcy trust in 2015.

It was originally proposed as the site of a residential de­­velopment in the late 1990s.

The supervisors are willing to entertain proposals for the property, said Supervisor Joe Metzgar.

The tract is bounded on the east by North Ninth Avenue, on the west by North 19th Avenue, on the south by North Sixth Street and on the north by North 13th Street.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 814-949-7038.


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