Pennsylvania Game Commission

“To have healthy wildlife populations, we need areas of young forest interspersed with areas of older forest," says Ben Jones, chief of the PGC’s Habitat Planning and Development Division. "Many of our state’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need require young forest during substantial parts of their life cycles. Timber harvests and prescribed burning are two techniques that the Game Commission is using to recreate the natural disturbances that once provided abundant young forest in the East.” The Game Commission manages the state’s wild birds and mammals and their habitats for current and future generations. The agency seeks to champion all wildlife resources as well as Pennsylvania's hunting and trapping heritage, and employs habitat management to make lands more attractive and accommodating to wildlife.