I have a tract of land that I want to use to help wildlife, but I don’t know how to manage it.
A team of Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists is ready to assist you in making your property more attractive for wildlife, particularly species of greatest conservation need. They even make house-calls!
What is the Private Landowner Assistance Program?
In May of 2004, the agency created a Private Landowner Assistance Program, which is available to property owners who own a minimum of 10 acres of land. The Game Commission’s goal is to improve Pennsylvania’s landscape for wildlife species of special concern through developing detailed plans for interested landowners. Species of Greatest Conservation Need include rare and uncommon songbirds, hawks, owls, eagles and some mammals such as bats, black ducks and American woodcock.
Although the plans focus on species of concern, a wide variety of species often benefit from these habitat plans. This program is custom-made for landowners who are interested in creating, preserving, or enhancing wildlife habitat.
What is the first step to get my property in this program?
Contact the regional wildlife diversity biologist serving your county. After a short interview, the biologist will send the interested property owner a landowner objective survey. After reviewing the survey, the biologist will visit the property and landowner. A detailed plan will be developed based upon the biologist’s findings and landowner’s chosen level of involvement.
How much does the program cost?
There is no fee associated with the landowner assistance program, nor is there a public access requirement!
Regional wildlife diversity biologist contact information:
Northwest: Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren counties – RWD Biologist Stacy Wolbert at 814-226-4348 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Stacy also can be reached through the Game Commission Northwest Region Office at 814-432-3187 or by mail to P.O. Box 31, Franklin, PA 16323.
Southwest: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties – RWD Biologist Tammy Colt at 814-233-2281 or email@example.com. Game Commission Southwest Region Office at 724-238-9523 or by mail to 4820 Route 711, Bolivar, PA 15923.
Northcentral: Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga and Union counties- RWD Biologist Mario Giazzon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-660-2483, or at the Game Commission Northcentral Region Office at 570-398-4744 or by mail to P.O. Box 5038, Jersey Shore, PA 17740.
Southcentral: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder, and York counties – RWD Biologist Clayton Lutz at email@example.com. Lutz can be reached through the Game Commission Southcentral Region Office at 814-643-1831 or mail to 8627 William Penn Highway, Huntingdon, PA 16652.
Northeast: Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties – RWD Biologist Richard Fritsky at 570-879-2575 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Fritsky also can be reached through the Game Commission Northeast Region Office at 570-406-6690 or by mail to P.O. Box 220, Dallas, PA 18612.
Southeast: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill counties – RWD Biologist Dan Mummert at 717-626-0031 or email@example.com. Mummert also can be reached through the Game Commission Southeast Region Office by calling 610-926-3136 or mail to 448 Snyder Road, Reading, PA 19605.