Seedling for Schools, Hunter Access programs will continue to receive seedlings.

Tree and shrub seedlings from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery will not be offered for sale to the public in 2018 due to drastically low inventories.
Seedlings will continue to be supplied to participants in the Seedlings for Schools Program, as well as to landowners who open their lands to public hunting through the Game Commission’s Hunter Access Program, but there are too few seedlings to offer for public sale.
The Game Commission hopes to resume seedling sales to the public in 2019.
The existing seedling shortage is due to germination failure in a couple of conifer species.
The Game Commission’s annual seedling sale – a way to benefit wildlife statewide by improving habitat – has been popular with the public. Sales typically open in mid-January, and the variety of seedling offered varies from year to year.

Bill provides a means to better manage species of greatest conservation need.

HARRISBURG, PA – Bipartisan legislation was reintroduced Dec. 14 in the U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C., by Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) that would dedicate $1.3 billion in funding to help states address the needs for thousands of fish and wildlife species in trouble across America.
Patterned after the Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 2000, which narrowly failed to clear Congress, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647) proposes to provide assured and sufficient funding to states to proactively conserve imperiled species identified in State Wildlife Action Plans. It is being championed by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources, a think-tank of 26 energy, business and conservation leaders assembled in 2014 by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which serves North America’s state and provincial wildlife management agencies.

Qualifying for the National Archery in the Schools Program state championships is happening now.

A huge opportunity is “nocking” for Pennsylvania’s student archers.
The 2017 National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament is set to be held March 10 in State College. Qualifying for the state event is currently open across the state. And the Pennsylvania Game Commission is encouraging all schools participating in the program, commonly referred to as NASP, to take part.
Teams hoping to make the state tournament must first shoot at one of the many state qualifiers being held across the state. Qualifying opened on Oct. 1 and closes on Feb. 5. The top 12 teams in each age division, as well as the top 30 individuals in each age class, will earn a ticket to the state championships.

The following snippets from the Altoona Tribune give an interesting glimpse of hunting in Blair County back in 1927.

All records for the sale of hunters' licenses, for any one day, were broken yesterday in the county, when 1,415 licenses were issued, the total number sold to date reaching 9,415.
It was thought the increase in the price of licenses from $1.25 to $2.00 would decrease the number sold this year, but such did not prove to be the case.
As yesterday was the last day, prior to the opening of the fall hunting season there was a rush of belated sportsmen to attend to this necessary procedure and the office of County Treasurer John F. Royer at Hollidaysburg was crowded all day. Mr. Royer, his deputy, Charles Way, and clerks, Misses Edna Snowberger and Rose Connors, were kept as busy as beavers attending to the hundreds who crowded the office. Only two nonresident licenses were issued during the day, the total number of those licenses to date being four. Most of the applicants for this form of license are deer hunters, who do not apply until later in the year as the deer season does not open until December 1.
Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, November 1, 1927, page 1

An official state historical marker was placed at the PFBC headquarters on Oct. 12 commemorating the beginning of the agency with its establishment in 1866 and its national leadership in environmental protection and enforcement.

The special ceremony was held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and was part of the PFBC’s year-long celebration of its 150th Anniversary. 


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