The Pennsylvania Game Commission will offer free guided tours of State Game Land 39, in Venango County, and State Game Land 130, in Mercer County, on Sept. 22 at 10 a.m.
Tour participants should meet at the SGL 130 parking area on the right side of Reeds Furnace Road, two-tenths of a mile off Route 965, west of the Venango/Mercer county border. The tour will go on rain or shine and is open to everyone who is interested in learning about the game lands and their wildlife and habitat management.
The 17-mile tour will display habitat work as well as Marcellus/Utica Shale gas well development, and steps taken to improve habitat and infrastructure on the SGLs. Game Commission officials will talk about the use of a timber sale to promote aspen regeneration. Grassland birds, ruffed grouse, woodcock habitat and more also are on the agenda.
Tour participants also will meet with members of the Sandy Creek Watershed, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Participants may travel in their own vehicles or set up car pools at the meeting site. The commission said four-wheel drive is not necessary, but vehicles with low ground clearance could scrape bottom.
This tour will make stops and will involve short walks. Pack a lunch or snack.
Directions to the starting point: From Mercer, take Route 62 East toward Jackson Center to the junction of Route 965 Continue East on Route 965 through red blinker light at Route 173. Continue about 5 miles to Reeds Furnace Road, then left onto Reeds Furnace Road. From Franklin, take Route 62 West through Polk to junction of Route 965 then about 5 miles to Reeds Furnace Road and turn right onto Reeds Furnace Road to first SGL parking lot on right.