State Game Lands #66
State Game Lands Number 66, Dushore
SGL 66 is located in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's (PGC)
Northeast Region. It lies within Cherry and Colley Townships in Sullivan
County and Forkston Township in Wyoming County. The Game Lands
are approximately 5 miles east of the borough of Dushore, and 3 miles
northeast of the village of Lopez. The topography is mostly flat, with
some steep side hill facing SR 87 on the north.
SGL 66 is predominately a red maple forest, with a wide variety of
hardwood species and several conifer species also present. Common
hardwood species found are American beech, black cherry, sugar
maple, black birch, yellow poplar, and aspen. Conifer species include
hemlock and white pine. Forest age distribution is heavily weighted
towards the 21-39 and 40-80 year age classes.
The principal species hunted on SGL 66 are white tail deer, black bear,
wild turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, pheasants, gray squirrel, and
waterfowl. Furbearers also provide opportunities for the sportsman
with beaver, mink, raccoon, gray fox, bobcat, and eastern coyote.
SGL 66 is located within Important Mammal Area 28 (Ricketts Glen
State Park/SGL 57, 13, 66) which was created due to the critical bat
hibernacula located in this area. SGL 66 is also within Important Bird
Area 48 (Dutch Mountain Wetlands) and IBA 49 (Ricketts Glen State
Park-Creveling Lake Area) with inhabitants that include bald eagles,
osprey, American bitterns, and concentrations of forest interior
The overall goal for SGL 66 is to manage for mixed successional
habitat. Forest management will focus on balancing the age class
distribution with the use of even-aged management along with
extending the forest age class distribution of a few stands to provide
various habitat attributes for various game and non game species.
Improvement and maintenance of wildlife openings habitat are
objectives for non-forested habitats.