University to host program Oct. 24 on conservation law

Shippensburg University will host a free, public program Oct. 24 on conservation law.

smountainThe program begins at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Ceddia Union Building. Chad Eyler, chief of the Special Permits Enforcement Division of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will present “Crimes Against Nature: Conservation Law and the History of Wildlife Protection in the South Mountain Region.”

The program is the final lecture of the year in the South Mountain Speaker series. The lecture is sponsored by Shippensburg University, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the South Mountain Partnership.

“From state hunting seasons to international bans on ivory, conservation law plays an important part in wildlife protection here in South Mountain and around the world,” said Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward, associate professor of history at Shippensburg University and the chair of the South Mountain Partnership speaker series committee.

State Sen. Richard Alloway, majority chair of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee, will provide brief opening remarks. His committee oversees the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission was established in 1895 as one of the Progressive-era reforms spearheaded by conservation leaders such as Joseph Rothrock, Gifford Pinchot and Mira Lloyd Dock. 

Eyler will explore the evolution of conservation law in the South Mountain region and the nation. After the lecture, he will be joined for a panel discussion on contemporary conservation law issues by Rich Mislitsky, chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation; and Dr. Nathan Thomas, assistant professor of biology at Shippensburg University.

Though this is the final lecture in the series for 2013, the series will return next year. The series is envisioned as a revival of the talks given by Rothrock in the late 19th century as part of his work to preserve and restore Pennsylvania’s forests and natural landscape.

Sparked by DCNR’s Conservation Landscape Initiative, the South Mountain Partnership is a group of citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, academic institutions and government representatives in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties, working together to protect and enhance the landscape.

Some of the earlier lectures in the series are available on YouTube at

For more information about the series, visit