For The Tribune-Democrat
As part of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s efforts to highlight its ongoing habitat improvement initiatives, the public has invited to take part in free tours of several state game lands.
Among them is Game Lands 108 in northern Cambria County, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 6.
Game Lands 108 consists of 23,086 acres. This 7.5-mile, self-guided, one-way, driving tour will highlight mountainous terrain and fall foliage on the Allegheny Front.
Items of interest along the tour route include a rehabilitated strip-mined area, which has been converted to small-game habitat. The area also serves as a study area for grassland nesting birds, including the Henslow’s sparrow, a grassland species of special concern.
Northern harriers and endangered short-eared owls also inhabit the study area. Also highlighted are tree and shrub identification, wildlife habitat food plots and a deer exclosure fence.
Each tour participant will be provided a brochure with directions and information about various features along the tour route.
The tour begins at the State Game Lands access road three-tenths of a mile north of Frugality, along State Route 53, in White Township. Watch for the sign. The starting point is just minutes away from the main beach at Prince Gallitzin State Park, where the annual Apple Cider Festival will be taking place on the same day.
The tour will conclude on State Route 865 near Blandburg, in Reade Township.
Game Commission land management, forestry, wildlife management, and law enforcement personnel will be on hand to explain the various habitat improvement projects on this SGL and to answer questions.