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Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 80

Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 80
Map showing the location of Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 80
Map showing the location of Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 80
Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 80
LocationBerks County
Lebanon County
Schuylkill County
Nearest townNew Morgan
Terre Hill
Coordinates40°31′48″N 76°14′30″W / 40.53000°N 76.24167°W / 40.53000; -76.24167
Area11,252 acres (4,554 ha)
Elevation768 feet (234 m)
Max. elevation1,038 feet (316 m)
Min. elevation540 feet (160 m)
OwnerPennsylvania Game Commission
WebsitePennsylvania State Game Lands

The Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 80 are Pennsylvania State Game Lands in Berks, Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties in Pennsylvania in the United States providing hunting, bird watching, and other activities.

Geography

SGL 80 consists of a three parcels located in Bethel Township in Berks County, in Bethel and Union Townships in Lebanon County, and in Pine Grove, Washington and Wayne Townships in Schuylkill County. Portions of Game Lands Number 80 straddles Blue Mountain; tributaries on both sides drain to Swatara Creek, part of the Susquehanna River watershed. Nearby communities include the boroughs of Aubrun, Pine Grove, and populated places Bethel. Brookside, De Turksville, Exmoor, Fort Indiantown Gap, Friedensburg, Marstown, Meckville, Moyers, Paradise, Pleasant Valley, Ravine, Roeders, Roedersville, Round Head, Schubert, Stanhope, Stonemont, Strausstown, and Summit Station. Interstate 81 passes to the north of the Game Lands and cuts through the western portion isolating a small portion from the large center portion. Interstate 78 and U.S. Route 22 pass along to the south of the Game Lands. Pennsylvania Route 501 passes through the western portion of SGL 80. the Appalachian Trail passes through part of SGL 80.[1][2]

History

Historically, the land was used to supply charcoal to the Camp Strauss iron works. The owner at the time timbered the area in 1917 and 1918. Lumber was hauled out by narrow gauge railroad to Innwood and Meckville. Water was provided to the ironworks by a dam at Camp Strauss. More than 1,100 acres (450 ha) burned in 1940.[2]

Statistics

The Lebanon County portion of SGL 80 was entered into the Geographic Names Information System on 2 August 1979 as identification number 1188536, listing the elevation as 768 feet (234 m), and the Schuylkill County portion was listed on 1 November 1989 as identification number 1205691, listing the elevation as 1,319 feet (402 m). It consists of 2,545 acres (1,030 ha) in three parcels, elevations range from 700 feet (210 m) to 1,700 feet (520 m).[3][4][1]

Biology

State Game Lands Number 80 is almost completely forested, containing four forest types: Dry Oak-Mixed Hardwood, Red Oak-Mixed Hardwood, Tuliptree-beech-maple, and Dry Oak-Heath.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b [viewer.nationalmap.gov] The National Map, retrieved 27 October 2018
  2. ^ a b c Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 80, retrieved 27 October 2018
  3. ^ "State Game Lands Number 80". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  4. ^ "State Game Lands Number 80". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 27 October 2018.