During its April 15 meeting, the Board of Game Commissioners approved final adoption of Wildlife Management Unit 2H.
The new unit was created through a subdivision of WMU 2G, which had contained Clinton and Cameron counties, with parts of Tioga, Potter, McKean, Elk, Jefferson, Clearfield, Centre and Lycoming counties.
The board also agreed to release the draft Peregrine Falcon Management Plan for public review and comment.
In addition, the board added seven square miles to its state game lands. One land purchase, in the heart of the Poconos, was the agency's largest land acquisition in Luzerne County in more than 50 years.
"These tracts of land, when coupled with other existing state and conservation lands, create one of the largest contiguous wild lands in the state's northeastern counties," said Bill Capouillez, Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management director. "It isn't often that staff manages to broker such a large complex deal that is so beneficial to wildlife."