Game Commission control of rural land worries legislators

(The Center Square) — Legislators from rural Pennsylvania have been wary of expansion by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, concerned that more land under its ownership cuts into development and tax revenues. 

During a Senate Game & Fisheries Committee on Thursday, they again questioned the state agency.

“Land acquisition by the Game Commission and the policies, the plans, and the procedures — this is going to be a back-and-forth conversation going forward,” Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Oil City, said. “Does the Commission have an upper limit on the percentage of land that should be in government/Game Commission ownership?”

PGC Executive Director Bryan Burhans declined to put a figure on it, but spoke of principles for managing wildlife and ensuring enough land gets made available to hunters.

“One key to success has been what we refer to as the democracy of hunting,” Burhans said. “Providing opportunity that’s not limited by class or income or where
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