Release # 09-18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 30, 2018

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Travis Lau

717-705-6541

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DONATIONS ADD TO GAME LANDS AND IMPROVE ACCESS

A Pennsylvania state game lands would grow by eight acres, and a state game lands right-of-way would improve another thanks to two land donations approved today by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners.

The first donation is for eight acres in Greenfield Township, Blair County, adjoining State Game Lands 41, offered by Alton G. Ebersole.

The second donation was a right-of-way located in Horton Township, Elk County, adjoining State Game Lands 44, offered by George E. Brosky, George T. Brosky, Paul N. Brosky, Yvonne M. Brosky, William T. Brosky and Cynthia L. Williams. It provides the Game Commission convenient access over a 0.121-acre strip to Drummond Road.

DONATIONS WILL ADD 400 ACRES TO STATE GAME LANDS 115

An action approved today by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners, and another approved previously in December, will result in more than 400 acres added to State Game Lands 115 in Montour County.

 The commissioners in December approved a donation from Beth B. and Thomas G. Stubler for two-thirds interest in 601 acres across three tracts in Liberty Township, Montour County. Two of the properties are adjacent to State Game Lands 115.

Then today, the board also approved an exchange with Donald B. Ross for his one-third interest in 401 acres. In exchange. Ross receives the previously donated two-thirds interest in 200 of the acres.

When the paperwork is completed, the Game Commission will own the remaining 401 acres over the three parcels that are forested with a blueberry, mountain laurel and rhododendron understory. It can be accessed from Oakwood Drive.

LAND CONSERVANCIES HELP AGENCY ADD 581 ACRES TO GAME LANDS

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today approved the purchase of 509 acres in Clifton Township, Lackawanna County, and Lehigh and Sterling townships, Wayne County, adjoining State Game Lands 312 from The Wildlands Conservancy Inc., Emmaus, for a $290,000 lump sum payment from third-party commitments for compensation of habitat and recreational losses occurring in previously approved projects on state game lands.

The tract is forested with northern hardwoods and hemlock/spruce wetland areas, and contains the headwaters of the Lehigh River, which flows through it, as well as 2.5 miles of waterways and more than 230 acres of high-quality riparian and wetland habitat. The tract also has habitat capable of holding snowshoe hares.

The board also approved the purchase of 72 acres in Dunbar Township, Fayette County, adjoining State Game Lands 51 from The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, of Pittsburgh, for a $70,000 lump sum payment from Rice Poseidon Midstream LLC for compensation of habitat and recreational losses that occurred on state game lands from a previously approved project.

The pole timber mixed hardwood tract is located in the Youghiogheny Valley, adjacent to Ohiopyle State Park. It contains parts of the Youghiogheny Valley, Ohiopyle State Park Important Bird Area and the Chestnut Ridge/Laurel Ridge Important Mammal Area. Bruner Run flows through the property.

The Game Commission has a long history of working with these conservancies, noted Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans.

“It’s hard to imagine how much more limited public lands would be in Pennsylvania without the assistance of Pennsylvania’s land conservancies,” Burhans said. “They’ve made an enormous difference for the Game Commission, other state agencies and, of course, wildlife and Pennsylvanians.”

RIGHT-OF-WAY EXCHANGE ADDS 17 ACRES TO STATE GAME LANDS 172

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners accepted 17.14 acres of reverting fields and woodlots in Wilmot Township, Bradford County, adjacent to State Game Lands 172 from Appalachia Midstream Services LLC in exchange for a license for right-of-way granting the privilege of constructing, operating, maintaining and removing a natural-gas pipeline on State Game Lands 36 in Monroe Township, Bradford County. The right-of-way will be 50 feet wide, traverse 5,564 feet and accommodate a 16-inch pipeline.

The land is in addition to Appalachia paying the Commission’s standard habitat, surface and timber damages, the Commission’s standard annual license fee so long as the license remains active.

BOARD APPROVES TWO ENERGY AGREEMENTS

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners approved a non-surface use agreement with Chief Exploration & Development LLC, of Dallas, Texas, to develop natural gas under 2,536 acres of State Game Lands 12 and 36 in Franklin and Overton townships, Bradford County.

The board also approved a non-surface use agreement with CNX Gas Co. LLC, of Canonsburg, Pa., to develop the gas rights beneath 103 acres of State Game Lands 302 in West Finley Township, Washington County, and Richhill Township, Greene County, using horizontal drilling.

Oil and gas development under both agreements will be regulated by the Commonwealth’s oil and gas regulations and the agency’s Standard Non-Surface Use Oil and Gas Cooperative Agreement.

Combined, these two energy development agreements are expected to result in $6.4 million in bonus payments to the agency’s Game Fund.