Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12

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Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12
Map showing the location of Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12
Map showing the location of Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12
Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12
Map showing the location of Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12
Map showing the location of Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12
Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12 (the United States)
LocationBradford County, Pennsylvania and Sullivan County, Pennsylvania
Nearest cityCanton, Leroy
Coordinates41°37′18″N 76°42′48″W / 41.62167°N 76.71333°W / 41.62167; -76.71333Coordinates: 41°37′18″N 76°42′48″W / 41.62167°N 76.71333°W / 41.62167; -76.71333
Area24,480 acres (9,910 ha)
Elevation2,034 feet (620 m)
Max. elevation2,368 feet (722 m)
Min. elevation1,300 feet (400 m)
DesignationPennsylvania State Game Lands
OwnerPennsylvania Game Commission
GNIS ID 1193432

Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12 are Pennsylvania State Game Lands in Bradford County and Sullivan County, in Pennsylvania, in the United States.[1] The game lands have an area of nearly 24,480 acres (9,910 ha) in Bradford County. The area is mainly mountainous and wooded and major streams in the area include Schrader Creek, Sugar Run, and Little Schrader Creek. Game animals within the game lands include black bear, gray squirrel, whitetail deer, and wild turkey. The main hardwood tree species include American basswood, American beech, black cherry, black birch, red maple, sugar maple, white ash, and aspen. The main conifer species include eastern hemlock, eastern larch, plantation Norway spruce, plantation red pine, and white pine.

Geography[edit]

The majority of Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12 is in Bradford County, but a few small areas are in Sullivan County.[1] The game lands have an area of nearly 24,480 acres (9,910 ha) in Bradford County.[2] The game lands occupy portions of Fox Township and Elkland Township in Sullivan County and Canton Township, Franklin Township, Leroy Township, and Overton Township in Bradford County. The nearest populated place is Leroy, which is 1.3 miles (2.1 km) to the north of the game lands. The borough of Canton is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) to the northwest.[1]

The topography of Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12 is mountainous and wooded, with ridges and plateaus separated from valley bottoms by steep slopes.[1][3] The main streams within the game lands are Schrader Creek and its tributaries Sugar Run and Little Schrader Creek. They are in the watershed of the Susquehanna River. Elevations within the game lands can be as high as 2,200 feet (670 m) above sea level.[1] However, the elevation of their official coordinates is 2,034 feet (620 m) above sea level.[4] A few small food plots occur within the game lands.[1] A small lake known as Sunfish Pond is in the vicinity of the game lands.[5] Additionally, Barclay Mountain is in the area.[3][6] The Lye Run Wetlands are mainly in the game lands in Canton Township and Leroy Township. They are listed on the Bradford County Natural Areas Inventory.[7]

Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12 are in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Northeast Region. Pennsylvania Route 54 passes through the southwestern corner of the game lands. There are numerous parking spots on the northwestern edge of the game lands, as well as smaller numbers along the northern, eastern, and southeastern edges. Several unimproved roads, an electric line, and a tower site are within the game lands.[1] A total of 11.7 miles (18.8 km) of road in the game lands are seasonally open.[8]

Nearby communities include unincorporated communities Barclay, Beech Flats, Carbon, Cold Spring, Grover, Laquin, Leroy, Long Valley, Minerville, Quinlantown, West Franklin and West Leroy in Bradford County, Chemung in Lycoming County, and Bethel, Eldredsville, Lincoln Falls, Maple Summit, Piatt, Shunk and Wheelerville in Sullivan County.[9]

Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12 are in five United States Geological Survey quadrangles: Grover, Leroy, Overton, Powell, and Shunk.[4]
The two parcels are located at
41°37′18″N 76°42′48″W / 41.62167°N 76.71333°W / 41.62167; -76.71333
41°34′27″N 76°42′4″W / 41.57417°N 76.70111°W / 41.57417; -76.70111

History and recreation[edit]

Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12 were entered into the Geographic Names Information System on August 2, 1979. Their identifier in the Geographic Names Information System is 1193432 .[4]

Industries such as timbering and railroads historically occurred in the vicinity of what is now Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12.[3]

Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12 were affected by a forest fire in the early 1980s.[10] The Pennsylvania Game Commission has in the past conducted free tours of Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12 and numerous other state game lands. The purpose of these tours are to "highlight its [the Pennsylvania Game Commission's] ongoing habitat improvement initiatives".[2]

SGL 12 ranges in elevation from 1,300 feet (400 m) to 2,230 feet (680 m).

Protected Areas[edit]

Other protected areas within 30 miles of SGL 12 include:[9]

State Parks[edit]

Pennsylvania State Game Lands[edit]

Biology[edit]

The main game animals in Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12 include black bear, gray squirrel, whitetail deer, and wild turkey. American woodcock, eastern cottontail, and ruffed grouse are also hunted in some areas. Additionally, beavers, bobcats, gray foxes, minks, and raccoons can be hunted for their fur.[1] A family of Northern Harriers was observed in the game lands in the early 2000s.[6]

Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12 contain various species of conifer and hardwood trees. The most prevalent hardwood species are American basswood, American beech, black cherry, black birch, red maple, sugar maple, white ash, and aspen. However, smaller number of trees such as chestnut oak, northern red oak, and white oak occur within the game lands as well. Conifer species within the game lands include eastern hemlock, eastern larch, plantation Norway spruce, plantation red pine, and white pine.[1]

Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 12 are several miles to the north of two Important Mammal Areas (Wyoming State Forest and Ricketts Glen State Park) and three Important Bird Areas.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j State Game Lands No. 012 Bradford & Sullivan Counties (PDF), January 2014, retrieved May 26, 2015
  2. ^ a b Pennsylvania Game Commission to Conduct State Game Lands Tours, September 18, 2013, retrieved May 26, 2015
  3. ^ a b c Barclay Mountain (May 1, 1998), Pennsylvania Hiking Trails, Keystone Trails Association, p. 207, retrieved May 26, 2015
  4. ^ a b c "State Game Lands Number 12". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  5. ^ Jeff Mitchell (2009), Paddling Pennsylvania: Canoeing and Kayaking the Keystone State's Rivers and Lakes, p. 109, retrieved May 26, 2015
  6. ^ a b Franklin C. Haas, Barbara M. Haas (2003), Pennsylvania Birds, Volume 17, p. 215, retrieved May 26, 2015
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Science Office of The Nature Conservancy (2005), A NATURAL AREAS INVENTORY OF BRADFORD COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 2005 (PDF), p. 38, retrieved May 26, 2015
  8. ^ Northeast Region Seasonally Opened Game Lands Roads, retrieved May 26, 2015
  9. ^ a b https://viewer.nationalmap.gov/advanced-viewer/ The National Map, retrieved 27 March 2019
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Game Commission (1981), Pennsylvania Game News, Volume 53, p. 38, retrieved May 26, 2015

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