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Rather, the Game Commission buys properties ...
Rather, the Game Commission buys properties with revenues from hunting and trapping licenses, gas and oil leases and timber sales from the game lands, according to Bill Capouillez.
He is the Game Commission's bureau director of wildlife habitat management.
"Our intent has always been to look at the sportsmen and the hunting license fees because our sportsmen carry the bulk of the cost associated with the 1.5 million acres (in Pennsylvania), and they promote that hunting and trapping heritage," said Capouillez
said if the Game Commission
approves a user fee for non-hunters, the fee would be higher than a hunting or trapping license.
The enormity of the acquisition can't ...
The enormity of the acquisition can't be understated, said William Capouillez, who directs the Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management.
It's one of the biggest purchases in decades, and links one of the biggest game lands in the Commonwealth to the Allegheny National Forest - one of the largest forested public resources in the state.
With the acquisition, a huge contiguous block of protected habitat has been created, Capouillez
But the deal does more than that, he
The deal calls for payment to The Conservation Fund to be made either in one lump sum, or in not more than six annual installment payments.
Under the agreement, the Game Commission
may make the payments in cash, or transfer to The Conservation Fund timber revenue the commission generates on other state game lands tracts.
Being able to provide the value from timber is an important part of the deal, Capouillez
It will encourage greater timber harvest in other parts of the state, and the result will be the creation of more early-successional habitat, a component that is severely lacking throughout the state, he
"This is a commitment by the agency to increase our timber harvest and habitat creation on game lands through a partnership with The Conservation Fund," Capouillez
Again, the scale of the acquisition is notable, Capouillez
It's yet another addition to State Game Lands 87, which now tops 15,000 acres but just a few years ago was an 1,100-acre tract.
Also, the acquisition creates a contiguous block westward to State Game Lands 195.
"How often can you say you've connected two game lands?
said the purchases approved Tuesday, when added to other lands newly approved to be acquired through other methods total nearly 18,000 acres, or 30 square miles.
The acquisitions also represent an opportunity to create more early-successional forestland statewide, Capouillez
William Capouillez, the director of the Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management, on Tuesday announced the commission purchased properties at auction in 2013 that will be added to the state game lands system.
William Capouillez, chief of the Game Commission's Environmental Planning and Habitat Protection Division, said building a highway on the ridge could alter continuously flowing springs that feed the wetlands below.And clearing the forest from the ridge could change the temperature and quality of the water, he said.
"The perpetual flow system there gets altered, so the wetland recharged from that side of the ridge gets altered," Capouillez
said."Not only do you change the water flow patterns, you run the risk of changing the water quality."
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Named Wildlife Habitat Management Bureau
...HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that William Capouillez has been appointed the agency's new Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management director.
fills the vacancy created by the reassignment of Scott Klinger, who recently accepted a position in the Bureau
of Wildlife Management.
"With the many challenges facing the Game Commission
, I know that I can rely on Bill Capouillez's
ability to evaluate a situation and chart a course of action that is best for wildlife and for our hunting and trapping heritage," Roe said.
...As director of the Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management, Capouillez will work with the agency's six regional offices, 38 foresters, 30 land managers and more than 200 Food and Cover Corps employees to implement the agency's multi-million dollar habitat improvement program on the more than 1.4 million-acre State Game Lands system.
In addition, he
will be responsible for overseeing all timbering activities, oil/gas and mining leases, wildlife habitat enhancement projects, State Game Lands planning and development program, and finding additional acres of State Game Lands to purchase. Capouillez also will be responsible for administration of the agency's federal Pittman-Robertson program, which provides the Game Commission with its share of the federal excise tax collected on the sale of sporting arms and ammunition.The Game Commission
annually receives an average of $8 million from this program, which reimburses the agency for eligible habitat improvement projects completed on State Game Lands.
Capouillez's other duties will include: overseeing the agency's engineering program for dams, buildings and other infrastructure; environmental planning and habitat protection review program; and the agency's public access programs, which help open an additional 4.5 million acres of private land to public hunting and trapping.He
also is the agency's representative on the Environmental Quality Board and serves as one of the agency's Pennsylvania Emergency Management liaison officers.
Most recently, Capouillez
has spearheaded the agency's efforts to draft a voluntary agreement for wind energy companies seeking to erect turbines in Pennsylvania.As part of the agreement, companies would commit to seeking to locate and situate turbines so as to avoid, minimize and mitigate their impacts on birds and bats. Capouillez has been with the Game Commission since 1992, when he started as the agency's first-ever professionally licensed geologist with responsibility for the agency's development and implementation of its current oil/gas and mineral recovery program.His
performance during that time earned him the agency's "Outstanding Employee of the Year" for 1997. Capouillez was later promoted to Chief of the Division of Environmental Planning and Habitat Protection, where he supervised the Game Commission's statewide wildlife habitat impact reviews for transportation and construction projects, natural resource damage assessments, and the oil/gas and mineral recovery program. A native of Bellwood, Blair County, Capouillez received his bachelor's degree in earth and mineral sciences from Pennsylvania State University in 1987, and a professional geologist license from the Department of State's Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.He initially was employed by a private consulting company and later the state Department of Environmental Resources prior to beginning his career with the Game Commission. Capouillez also pursued a military career in the U.S. Army as an enlisted soldier and later became a commissioned officer where he eventually graduated with top honors from the Command and General Staff College's Combined Arms Services Staff School.In 2004, Capouillez retired at the rank of Major, and was decorated numerous times throughout his military career for his meritorious service.Prior to his retirement, he had held several command level positions and was the acting Brigade Executive Officer for his unit. Capouillez is an active member in Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.He also is a member of the McVeytown Presbyterian Church Deacons, Local Mission Service Fund, Cub Scouts and McVeytown Lodge No. 376.He
also participates as a coach for local youth sports programs. Capouillez
is married to Tracy Shearer Capouillez, of Port Matilda, and has four children: Heather 16, Kiersten 11, Gage 10, and Brock 6.
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