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Bishop Carroll grads honored by Game Commission

From Mirror reports

Pennsylvania Game Commission Southwest Region Director Jason Farabaugh recently announced the promotion of two officers to supervisory positions and the lateral transfer of one existing supervisor for the Southwest Region.

Seth Mesoras has been selected to serve as the Information and Education Supervisor and Matthew Lucas has been selected to serve as the Land Management Supervisor. Also, one current supervisor, Patrick Snickles, recently lateraled from the Information and Education Supervisor position and now serves as the Conservation Administration Supervisor.

Snickles is a member of the 23rd Class of the Ross Leffler School of Conservation. After graduation in March 1996, Patrick was assigned to District 2-32-1 in northern Indiana County where he served as a State Game Warden for almost 20 years. In 2014 Snickles was promoted to the IES position where he served until his recent transfer to the CAS position.

As the CAS, Snickles is responsible for a large number of regional programming areas including: the computer aided dispatch center operations, regional vehicle fleet maintenance and procurement, region budget administration and equipment inventory, and the administration of the region’s cooperative Hunter Access program including pheasant allocations and seedling distribution, as well as other various administrative duties.

Mesoras, originally from Ebensburg, was a member of the 27th Class of the RLSC. Mesoras graduated from RLSC in 2008 and served as a State Game Warden in district 2-65-1 in Westmoreland County for 3 years and district 2-11-2 in Cambria County for 10 years. Mesoras also served as the Game Lands Management Group Supervisor in Cambria/Indiana Counties for a brief time until his promotion to the IES.

Prior to entering RLSC, Mesoras graduated from Bishop Carroll High School. Mesoras continued his education and earned a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies from Juniata College in 2002. Mesoras spent time working for the Cambria County Solid Waste Authority and L.R. Kimball and Associates as an Environmental Scientist.

With his appointment to IES, Mesoras will act as the regional communications officer dealing with a variety of topics including coordination of legislative contacts and outreach in the region, supervise the Hunter Trapper Education Program, oversee communications with all news media outlets, and coordinate all public I&E programs in conjunction with other supervisory duties.

Matthew Lucas, also from Ebensburg, was a member of the 28th Class of the RLSC. Lucas graduated in 2011 and served as a State Game Warden in district 2-65-2 in Westmoreland County. Lucas was promoted to Game Lands Management Group Supervisor for Indiana/Armstrong County in 2018, where he has served until his recent promotion.

Lucas is also a graduate of Bishop Carroll. He continued his education and earned a B.A. degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2004. In 2006, he began working as a Park Ranger with the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources at Gifford Pinchot and Pine Grove Furnace State Parks until entering RLSC in 2010.

As the LMS, Lucas will be responsible for the Land Management program in ten counties in the Southwest Region. He will aid and support the five land management group supervisors. The program includes developing and implementing habitat projects, game lands maintenance, oil, gas and mineral development and land acquisition amongst other activities which occur on over 200,000 aces of state game lands in the region.

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