Peter Sussenbach – Director, Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management
Peter F. Sussenbach began his career with the Game Commission at the agency's Ross Leffler School of Conservation. He entered the school in 1999, having served for two years as a deputy waterways conservation officer with the state Fish and Boat Commission. He graduated in March 2000 as part of the 25th class and was assigned to Monroe County. Later Sussenbach transitioned from a seasoned field officer to a supervisory position responsible for managing more than 370,000 acres of state game lands across 13 counties in northeastern Pennsylvania. Sussenbach has worked with and directed hundreds of employees within and outside the Game Commission, and interacted with countless hunters and trappers. He also served as the federal aid supervisor and land management supervisor for the Northeast Region.
Sussenbach twice was the recipient to the Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer Award for the Northeast Region, in 2001 and 2006, and he was named winner of the Environmental Partnership Award in 2013. He helped in the region to open more than 25,000 acres of private land to public hunting, and coordinated several multi-agency law-enforcement operations to curtail poaching and other unlawful activities.
He hopes to promote a collaborative approach among foresters, land managers, biologists and other staff in enhancing habitat on state game lands and other properties. The use of prescribed fire and other landscape-level techniques for managing habitat, as well as a structured approach to the protection of key habitats, will be promoted throughout his tenure.
Sussenbach lives in his native Blakeslee, where he spends much of his free time in the outdoors with wife Kelly and son Jebadiah. He earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University.