Board of Game Commissioners to meet on June 29 and 30, 2015.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its third quarterly meeting of 2015 in the agency's Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County. A link to a live stream of the meeting will be available on the agency home page following public comments. An agenda will be posted here prior to the meeting.
On Monday, June 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Board will hear public comments followed by Game Commission staff reports. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Registration for those interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – also will begin at that time. PowerPoint presentations will not be permitted during public comment.
On Tuesday, June 30, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Board will take up its prepared agenda. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.
Additional quarterly meetings are scheduled for
September 28 and 29, 2015
Other Special Events
||State Game Lands 330 Tour, Clarion County |
This driving tour showcases the Pennsylvania Game Commission's efforts in strip-mine habitat management. Rain or shine, the tour will start at the top of the hill on Mt. Zion Road at 1:00 p.m. Participants must provide their own transportation. Four-wheel drive vehicles are encouraged as sections of the road are uneven. The tour will take approximately 3 to 4 hours, Contact the Northwest Region Office for more information: 814-432-3187.
||Commissioners Working Group Meeting, Harrisburg |
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will meet with agency staff members in the auditorium of the Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81. Public comment is not taken during this session. A link to a live stream of the meeting will be available on the agency home page.
||Eel Restoration on the Susquehanna River, Kleinfeltersville |
American eels play an important role in the Susquehanna River ecosystem. They are prey and predator at different life stages to many invertebrates, fish and birds. In addition, they may play an important role in the life cycle of filter feeding freshwater mussels. This program will outline the efforts of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to restore eels to the Susquehanna. The goal of this program is to restore American eels that could positively impact not only the river ecosystem but also improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Julie Devers, Fishery Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; 7:30pm. For directions visit our Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area webpage or phone 717-733-1512.
||Integrated System of Waste Management, Kleinfeltersville |
Kathryn J. Sandoe, Communications Manager, will present the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority's Integrated System of managing waste, including how the organization protects the environment while also developing natural habitats for wildlife and outdoor recreational opportunities for residents. LCSWMA utilizes an integrated system of managing the municipal solid waste from 520,000 residents in Lancaster. 7:30pm. For directions visit our Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area webpage or phone 717-733-1512.
|August 7, 8 & 9
||30th Annual Wildlife Art Show, Kleinfeltersville |
The 30th Annual Wildlife Art Show will showcase the works of 30 of Pennsylvania's finest widlife artists. Enjoy some beautiful wildlife art and meet the artists who create it. Fri. Aug. 7, 1-6pm; Sat. Aug. 8 9am-6pm; Sun. Aug. 9 10am-5pm. For directions visit our Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area webpage or phone 717-733-1512.
||Boreal Conifer Forest Bird Challenges and Opportunities, Kleinfeltersville |
Spend a few hours with Game Commission bird biologist, Doug Gross. The timber era (late 1800s-early 1900s) destroyed most of the state's spruce forests, although there has been a partial recovery. These forests support the most southernly extent of the yellow-bellied flycatcher and blackpoll warbler (both endangered in Pennsylvania) breeding populations. Other state species of conservation concern in this habitat guild include the Swainson's thrush, northern waterthrush, white-throated sparrow, red crossbill, and formerly the olive-sided flycatcher. Natural conifer regeneration shows potential despite many obstacles. Learn how a combination of protection and silviculture practices are planned for improved management of this threatened ecosystem; 7:30pm. For directions visit our Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area webpage or phone 717-733-1512.
||White Nose Syndrome, Kleinfeltersville |
First documented in New York during the winter of 2006-07, White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) is believed to have surfaced in Pennsylvania in 2008 and began killing cave bats in 2009. WNS refers to a white fungus on the muzzles and wing membranes of affected bats. Because this fungus is a cold-loving fungus, it is a condition that only affects bats while they hibernate. Therefore, it is not harmful to humans and does not grow on bats during summer months. This fungus has been confirmed to be the causative agent of the disease, although the specific mechanism of how it causes mortality is not fully understood. This program will discuss the most current research on WNS and its current status within Pennsylvania. Dan Mummert, Pennsylvania Game Commission; 7:30pm. For directions visit our Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area webpage or phone 717-733-1512.
|September 19 & 20
||Middle Creek Wildfowl Show, Kleinfeltersville |
The 29th annual Middle Creek Wildfowl Show will feature hand-carved waterfowl decoys, other wildfowl art and much more. Decoy carvers will enter their creations into gunning decoy, decorative decoy and shorebird decoy competitions. Retriever demonstrations will also be featured. General proceeds from the show will benefit the Wildlands Preservation Fund for the preservation of open space. 9am - 5pm both days. Retriver Demonstrations: Sat. 10am and noon; Sun. 11am and 1pm. For directions visit our Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area webpage or phone 717-733-1512.
||National Hunting and Fishing Day, Kleinfeltersville |
Hunters and anglers have always been at the forefront of the conservation movement. National Hunting and Fishing Day is designed to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of sportsmen towards conservation. It also is designed to introduce others to the joys of outdoor pursuits. Many sportsmen's organizations will be represented along with other conservation groups. There will be ongoing exhibits, programs and activities throughout the day. If you appreciate and enjoy Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, come out and thank the sportsmen; for without them, places like this would not exist. 11am - 5pm. For directions visit our Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area webpage or phone 717-733-1512.