Pennsylvania Officer Honored With Safari Club International Award

Pennsylvania Officer Honored With Annual Award From Safari Club International

Pennsylvania Game Commission
Pennsylvania Game Commission

HARRISBURG, PA – -( Keith Sanford, Pennsylvania Game Commission Land Management Group Supervisor for Columbia, Northumberland and Montour counties, recently was honored with the Shikar-Safari Officer of the Year Award from Safari Club International.

In 1981, Sanford began his career with the Game Commission as a cadet in the 18th Class of the RLSC. He graduated in 1982, and was assigned to be the District Game Protector in southern Chester County, Southeast Region.

Sanford was promoted, in 1987, to the position of Land Management Group Supervisor for Columbia, Montour, and Northumberland counties in the Northeast Region, where he currently serves. In this position, he supervises six full-time Food and Cover Corps employees and is responsible for the management of eight State Game Lands consisting of 33,423 acres.

In addition to his various land management duties, Sanford is actively involved in the agency’s Wild Pheasant Restoration Program, and serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Pheasant Management Working Group. He also participates in the agency’s mourning dove, wild turkey and barn owl banding programs, and works at the agency’s bear check station each fall in Hillsgrove, Sullivan County.

Sanford enjoys working with school youth groups and setting up and manning agency exhibits.

A graduate with degrees from West Chester University and the University of Idaho, Sanford is a four-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and currently resides with his family in Mifflinville, Columbia County.

For more than 100 years, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has managed the Commonwealth’s wildlife resources for all Pennsylvanians. With the help of more than 700 full-time employees and thousands of part-timers and volunteers, the agency provides a host of benefits to wildlife, state residents and visitors.