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Bedford County tour this weekend

Two tours of state game lands are set for this Sunday, and one of them is in Bedford County.

The tours provide a good example of the opportunities available on game lands statewide, while showcasing how habitat work taking place on these tracts benefits wildlife.

All tours are free, held rain or shine and open only to vehicles licensed for travel on public roads.

The two set for Sunday:

n State Game Lands 26, Bedford County, noon-3 p.m.

The public is invited to tour State Game Lands 26, a 12,000-acre tract situated in Blue Knob.

This driving tour begins off Route 869 near the Bedford/Cambria County line and covers approximately 7 miles. Participants will find opportunity to enjoy the historical aspects and quality habitat improvements conducted by Pennsylvania Game Commission habitat crews in partnership with cooperating organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Work by the Game Commission’s forestry staff also will be showcased through the viewing of vast timber production brought forth through timber sales and timber stand improvements.

n State Game Lands 12, Bradford County, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

This tour will highlight habitat enhancements, infrastructure improvements and hunting opportunities. The tour will showcase what Game Commission wildlife habitat crews, as well as dedicated volunteers from several conservation organizations, have accomplished on public land.

The 28-mile, self-guided, circular driving tour through State Game Lands 12 will take about two hours to complete. State Game Lands 12 consists of nearly 24,480 acres in Bradford County. The route will start at the game lands parking lot on top of Wheelerville Mountain on State Route 154, just south of Canton. Vehicles with good ground clearance are recommended.

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