Schweitzer Named Game Commission Northeast Region Director
Dallas, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that Stephen J. Schweitzer has been named the director of the agency's Northeast Region. Schweitzer, who previously served as the Northeast Region Land Management Supervisor, fills the vacancy created when Barry L. Warner retired on June 15.
As region director, Schweitzer will be responsible for all Game Commission information and education programs and wildlife protection activities in the agency's 13-county Northeast Region. He also will continue to oversee the habitat improvement projects and all other land management activities on the nearly 367,000 acres of State Game Lands in the region.
A graduate of the 17th Class of the Game Commission's Ross Leffler School of Conservation, Schweitzer was assigned to a district in Bedford County until 1982, when he was promoted to Land Management Group Supervisor in Bedford and Fulton counties.
In 1991, Schweitzer was named Northeast Region Land Management Supervisor.
Prior to joining the Game Commission full time, Schweitzer served in the U.S. Air Force (1969-1973) as an enlisted crewmember on a Titan II ICBM launch crew.
A native of Adamstown, Lancaster County, Schweitzer graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in environmental resource management in 1977.
Schweitzer is a member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Schweitzer also is a member of Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, Quality Deer Management Association and the National Rifle Association.
A resident of Dallas Township, Luzerne County, Schweitzer is married to the former Anita Hurst, has three children: Emily, married to Troy Tutt, residing in Cleveland, Ohio; Matthew, a U.S. Army Captain, married to Colleen Murphy; and Andrew, a senior at the University of Pittsburgh.
The agency's Northeast Region is comprised of: Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties. The office is at the intersection of Routes 118 and 415 in Dallas, Luzerne County. The phone number is 570-675-1143.
Created in 1895 as an independent state agency, the Game Commission is responsible for conserving and managing all wild birds and mammals in the Commonwealth, establishing hunting seasons and bag limits, enforcing hunting and trapping laws, and managing habitat on the 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands it has purchased over the years with hunting and furtaking license dollars to safeguard wildlife habitat. The agency also conducts numerous wildlife conservation programs for schools, civic organizations and sportsmen's clubs.
The Game Commission does not receive any general state taxpayer dollars for its annual operating budget. The agency is funded by license sales revenues; the state's share of the federal Pittman-Robertson program, which is an excise tax collected through the sale of sporting arms and ammunition; and monies from the sale of oil, gas, coal, timber and minerals derived from State Game Lands.
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