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MILFORD, PA — Nearly 50 scouts from the Milford, PA area and more than 500 visitors participated in National Public Lands Day and Community Appreciation Day events at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, September 27. The U.S. Forest Service selected Grey Towers as one of three signature sites for National Public Lands Day activities.

Winter survival hike at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a winter survival hike on Saturday, December 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.  Read more

Alternative copper ammo for hunting

NEW YORK STATE — Gordon Batcheller, New York State’s chief wildlife biologist, is an avid deer hunter who decided he wanted to test for himself the effectiveness of the new copper ammunition now available to hunters. Writing in the current issue of “The Conservationist,” the online publication of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Batcheller concluded, based on his own field tests during last year’s hunting season, that the advanced copper bullets and shotgun slugs worked very effectively.  Read more

Become an eagle volunteer

HAWLEY, PA and BETEL, NY — Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Eagle Institute will conduct a training day for volunteers who want to help to monitor eagles this winter in the Upper Delaware region. The session will be held on December 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lackawaxen Inn in Lackawaxen, PA.

Volunteers will learn how to safely and unobtrusively monitor eagles in the field as well as how to collect data about the large population of eagles that migrate here every winter. Volunteers should be able to withstand cold temperatures and enjoy interacting with the public.  Read more

In hurricane’s aftermath, use common sense outdoors

If you’re thinking about taking a hike in a park or wooded area after Hurricane Sandy, your favorite hiking trail is going to look totally different today than it did a week ago. Trees and branches are likely to be down and trees will have lost most if not all of their leaves.  Read more

Inaugural Shohola 5K run a success

SHOHOLA, PA — Almost 100 runners and walkers participated in the inaugural Chuck Melloh Memorial 5K Bridge Run/Walk held on Saturday, October 13 beginning at Rohman Park in Shohola, proceeding across the Delaware River Bridge to Barryville, NY and then back again.

A portion of the proceeds were given to support the Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County, while the remainder of the funds will go to fund the troop’s program activities.  Read more

PA fish poaching fines increased

HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law tougher anti-poaching legislation that increases the maximum fine for illegally harvesting fish from $200 to $5,000 and extends the period the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) can revoke fishing and boating privileges from two to five years.  Read more

Outdoors woman program to publish cookbook

NEW YORK STATE — New York state’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program will celebrate 20 years in 2013 and will mark the anniversary by publishing a cookbook. BOW is seeking recipes for this project and welcomes submissions.

Because BOW teaches women outdoor skills, the focus of the cookbook is on recipes or techniques for cooking over a campfire, on a camp stove, using a camp Dutch oven, or while backpacking, as well as ones that use edible wild plants, fish and game as well as regular recipes, vegetarian recipes and dessert recipes.  Read more

Orienteering championship to be held at PEEC

DELAWARE WATER GAP, PA — The Delaware Valley Orienteering Association (DVOA) will host the North American Orienteering Championships on Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21 at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Orienteers from the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Europe will compete in three world ranking events.

Orienteering competitors are issued a detailed map and use only their map, compass skills and speed to find control points in the forest. It’s a timed race and all ages and fitness levels can participate.  Read more

Hall of Fame inductees honored

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, October 6 with approximately 90 guests attending, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum inducted eight honorees into its Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. Those named included both living and deceased fly fishermen and women. Living members Stu Apte, Tom McGuane, Ed Shenk and Larry Solomon were on hand to receive their awards personally. Posthumous awards were accepted by Betty Frost Jenkins on behalf of her grandaunt Carrie Frost, Mrs. Thomas Cooney accepted for Joe Brooks, and Bob Summers accepted for George Parker Holden and Paul Young.

It’s car-deer collision season

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that about one million deer-car accidents occur on American roads each year, killing 200 people, injuring almost 10,000 more and causing about $1 billion in vehicle damage. The peak time for these collisions comes each fall.  Read more

Autumn landscape tour planned at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Brilliant red, yellow and orange leaves will be ablaze for the annual autumn landscape tour of Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, on Saturday, October 13 at 1:30 p.m. Participants should meet in the Visitor Pavilion in the Grey Towers parking lot. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

“Evolution of the Grey Towers Landscape: Autumn in Cornelia’s Gardens,” will feature the foliage displays of the native shrubs, the Japanese maple and the European copper beeches planted by Gov. Gifford Pinchot, among other favorites.  Read more

It’s car-deer collision season

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that about one million deer-car accidents occur on American roads each year, killing 200 people, injuring almost 10,000 more and causing about $1 billion in vehicle damage. The peak time for these collisions comes each fall.  Read more

Autumn landscape tour planned at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Brilliant red, yellow and orange leaves will be ablaze for the annual autumn landscape tour of Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, on Saturday, October 13 at 1:30 p.m. Participants should meet in the Visitor Pavilion in the Grey Towers parking lot. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

“Evolution of the Grey Towers Landscape: Autumn in Cornelia’s Gardens,” will feature the foliage displays of the native shrubs, the Japanese maple and the European copper beeches planted by Gov. Gifford Pinchot, among other favorites.  Read more

Fall hike planned at Tusten Mountain

TUSTEN, NY — Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Catskill Mountainkeeper announce a fall hike at the Tusten Mountain Trail in Sullivan County on Sunday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This moderate strenuous trail is maintained by the National Park Service. Participants should wear hiking shoes, comfortable clothes and bring water.

The hike is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Contact the Delaware Highlands Conservancy at 570/226-3164, 845/583-1010, or send an email to info@delawarehighlands.org to reserve your space and receive directions.

Fly Fishing Hall of Fame induction

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 17th Fly Fishing Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 6 at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

A gala dinner will be catered on the fly fishing center’s property and reservations are required to attend the dinner. Members of CFFCM pay $50. Guests and non-members pay $65.
The Fly Fishing Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor those individuals who have significantly enhanced the culture of fly fishing.
Call 845/439-4810.

Nature calls outdoor lovers in New York

NEW YORK STATE — New York State has just launched a new, online newsletter to highlight the state’s many opportunities for outdoor activities and to offer information about sites of interest and natural beauty.

Published by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEC), the October issue of “Outdoor Discovery” shows the kinds of articles one can find online on a regular basis.  Read more

Howetown Farm Show features antique farm artifacts

STERLING, PA — A fun and educational show about early farm life is scheduled for September 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Route 196 and Gas Hollow Road in Sterling, south of Hamlin, PA. The free family event features demonstrations of antique farm equipment such as this mule-powered treadmill which operates a threshing machine, hit and miss engines, a corn sheller, a rock crusher, a shingle mill, steam engines and an ice cream maker.  Read more

Learn to grow garlic

LIBERTY, NY — Master Gardener Danielle Gaebel will instruct you on how and when to plant garlic on Wednesday, October 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 64 Ferndale Loomis Rd. She will demonstrate best practices in planting and care. Also covered will be recipes using garlic and garlic scapes. The fee is $10 and is due with registration. Call 845/292-6180.

Tusten resident wins rain barrel

NARROWSBURG, NY — Madeleine Wootan of the Town of Tusten, NY, poses with the rain barrel that she won in a drawing she entered as part of the Pike-Wayne Conservation Partnership’s series of programs titled “Clean Water-Healthy Communities.” The barrel was donated by Honesdale Agway. Wootan attended a May 15 workshop on rain barrels that was held at the PPL Environmental Learning Center in Hawley, PA. Rain barrels capture and store roof water runoff when it rains and allow the homeowner to use the stored water later.  Read more

Names selected for Fly Fishing Hall of Fame

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Museum has selected the individuals to be inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame for its 17th year. The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 6, starting at 1 p.m.  Read more