State game lands grow
At the regular board meeting at the end of January, the commissioners approved adding 530 acres to the state’s game lands.
Of that land, 0.34 acres are in Warren County.
According to the board, Karen Beardsley sold 0.34 acres of land adjoining State Game Lands 282 in Pine Grove Township to the Game Commission for $1,100.
The commission purchased some of the lands through the Game Fund and other using “funds from third party commitments for compensation of habitat and recreational losses that occurred on state game lands from previously approved projects.” Some of the lands were donated.
Other land purchases and donations approved by the commissioners in January include:
¯ The purchase of 182 acres adjoining State Game Lands 91 in Bear Creek Township, Luzerne County;
¯ The purchase of 130.37 acres near State Game Lands 151 in Liberty Township, Mercer County;
¯ The purchase of 125 acres adjoining State Game Lands 217 in West Penn Township, Schuylkill County;
¯ The purchase of 33.58 acres surrounded by State Game Lands 256 in Wheatfield Township, Perry County;
¯ The purchase of 31.5 acres adjoining State Game Lands 211 in Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County;
¯ The purchase of 19.2 acres adjoining State Game Lands 211 in Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County; and
¯ The donation of 9.39 acres adjoining State Game Lands 129 in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County.
The commissioners announced some other additions to their holdings.
“The board approved the acquisition of 148.7 acres from Cumberland Contura LLC in exchange for the Game Commission allowing Cumberland Contura to create and/or enhance stream and wetland resources within State Game Lands 223 in Whiteley Township, Greene County,” according to the board of commissioners. “Cumberland Contura has proposed building a coal refuse facility in Whiteley Township, and the company is required to create and/or enhance water resources as mitigation for impacts on streams and wetlands.”
The commissioners will allow the company to create wetlands on state game lands and will receive three tracts of land — a total of 84 acres adjoining State Game Lands 223 and 64.7 acres adjoining State Game Lands 179.
“Game Commission staff has determined the proposed exchange is in the best interests of the agency,” according to the commissioners.
The Game Commission also purchased 66 acres in Cameron County earlier in a public bankruptcy auction.