Susquehanna University and Chesapeake Conservancy staff invite the community to attend this guest presentation to learn about the recent development of the American Marten reintroduction and management plan for Pennsylvania.

Presentation Summary

Tom Keller, Furbearer Biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, has worked in wildlife management for 17 years serving in a variety of roles with both federal and state agencies. Tom is currently responsible for helping to manage Pennsylvania’s 16 furbearer species, including coyote, fox, bobcat, fisher, river otter, muskrat, and more. Most recently, Tom has been involved with development of the American Marten Reintroduction and Management Plan for Pennsylvania: 2024-2033.

Once a common native species, the American marten was extirpated (locally extinct) from Pennsylvania in the early 1900s due to habitat loss and unregulated fur harvest. This presentation will provide an overview of the feasibility assessment, including marten ecology, habitat availability, potential impacts to other game and non-game species, public perceptions, and more. Tom is a native of Cumberland County, PA and has a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from Penn State and a M.S. in Conservation Biology from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.


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