PGC biologist details role of hunting in forest conservation

Roger Coup on a bird banding mission.

Roger Coup, biologist for Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Northwest Region, will present “Forest Health and Deer Management: A Partnership in Conservation” at 7 p.m. April 15 in the multi-purpose room of Gemmell Student Center.


Forest management and deer management go hand in hand, according to coup. He will begin with a 20-minute video, then will speak and take questions.


Coup joined PGC as wildlife management supervisor in 2005. He oversees annual wildlife population and habitat surveys, coordinates chronic wasting disease sampling of harvested deer, assists with bear check station and with waterfowl banding, coordinates trapping and banding for the turkey banding study, and assists with bald eagle nest monitoring.


Prior to joining the Game Commission, Coup worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service as a wildlife habitat specialist, administering the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program in southeast and southcentral Pennsylvania. He met with landowners to discuss management goals, then developed management plans to install various wildlife habitat practices on their land. He also worked seasonally for Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Department of Agriculture.  


Coup holds associate degrees from Penn State in wildlife technology and forestry technology. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bloomsburg University in 1987. He completed a master’s degree in natural resources at University of New Hampshire in 1996. He is active in the national and state chapters of The Wildlife Society.


Coup’s presentation is part of the spring 2019 Seifert Series, Conservation and Sustainability. It is free and open to the public