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17 Pa. Code § 44.4. Management.

§ 44.4. Management.

 (a)  Conservation areas will be actively managed to protect natural resources.

 (b)  The following are examples of possible uses of conservation areas:

   (1)  Protection of habitats of species of special concern.

   (2)  Protection of types of resources and land forms that have been diminished by developmental sprawl, such as large tracts of wetlands, vernal ponds and unfragmented forests.

   (3)  Protection of flora and fauna on large tracts of open space near urban areas.

   (4)  Protection of viable ecosystems.

   (5)  Outdoor classrooms for schools and environmental education and interpretation programs.

   (6)  Research areas for scientists.

   (7)  Experimental resource management laboratories for demonstrating techniques to enhance natural diversity, maintain early successional seres or control invasive species.

   (8)  Demonstration areas for forest management practices.

   (9)  Management of old growth forests.

 (c)  Conservation areas will be open to the public. Recreational facilities and activities will be limited to passive, nonmotorized, low-density uses such as hiking, bird watching, fishing and hunting.

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