JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A Sullivan West fifth-grader enjoys Trout Release Day at the Jeffersonville campus on May 11. There were six different stations for students to visit at the event. A craftsman described how he made fish carvings out of wood; the National Park Service had an enviroscape table; and the students were able to try fly casting, fly tying and a variety of fish crafts. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Sullivan County will hold a Garden Day on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sullivan County Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant & flower sale, and healthy refreshments will be on sale by the Eat Smart New York Program.
Earth Machine compost bins are available, as supply allows. The cost is $35 per bin for those who pre-register, and pre-registrants will receive a free kitchen scrap bucket. Bin purchases on the day of the event will cost $55. Rain barrels will be on sale for $75 each. Read more
NATION — May is National Water Safety Month, and with five drownings last summer, the National Park Service (NPS) teamed up with its recreational and emergency service partners to promote a “Wear It! Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Floating” safety program this year during May, which encouraged all river users to wear their lifejackets at all times. Read more
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) received a Take Me Fishing™ Award from Outdoor Nation, a national organization that reconnects youth to the outdoors. The Take Me Fishing Award will fund family fishing programs, an idea that Molly Check, public program manager at PEEC, developed to increase youth participation in recreational fishing and reconnect youth to the outdoors. The award is made possible by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), a nonprofit whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating. Read more
ROSCOE, NY — The Castskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) has acquired the Dave Chermanski Rod Casting Simulator. The one-of-a-kind machine was one of the best-kept secrets in the fishing tackle industry for nearly 35 years.
Fewer than 30 people, prior to 2011, had ever seen or heard of the Chermanski Casting Simulator (CCS), despite the fact it had provided important data concerning graphite and fiberglass fishing rods that has benefited the entire fishing industry since 1977. Read more
WEST TRENTON, NJ — A staff scientist at the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has found extensive mats of the aquatic alga Didymosphenia geminata (also known as didymo or “rock snot”), an invasive species, in the Delaware River.
Dr. Erik Silldorff, an aquatic biologist with the commission, discovered large didymo blooms in the Delaware River over a 40-mile stretch extending from the area near the confluence with the Lackawaxen River downstream to the vicinity of Dingmans Ferry Bridge. Read more
GREENTOWN, PA — The Varden Conservation Area of Promised Land State Park will hold a couple of environmental education events in May. The first is a “Frog Slog” on Friday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the Tannery Access. Join Carissa Long on a hunt for frogs and salamanders at wetland locations within area. There could be opportunities to catch sight of the spotted salamander, to find eggs and possibly to find some fairy shrimp. The program will start under the pavilion with an introduction to amphibian identification and frog calls. Dress to get muddy and wear waders/water shoes (optional). Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched an interactive Earth Day webpage offering a one-stop shop for information about Earth Day and environmental events around the state. The webpage (tinyurl.com/7s3mmmz) includes: an interactive calendar searchable by county, where event planners can promote their activities; biographies of environmental professionals and information about environmental careers; and links to educational resources.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, April 21, The Long Island Fly Rodders (LIFR), the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers (TGF) and three Boy Scout troops from Long Island will meet at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) at 8:30 a.m. to clean the banks of the Willowemoc Creek and Beaverkill River.
The annual Stream Clean event, now in its 12th year, was designed by the LIFR to give back to the river, fish and community that have given them so much pleasure in the past. Read more
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host its third annual Community Fish Fry on Saturday, April 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. After dinner, there will be a short canoe paddle on Front Pond. The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY — The Fourth Annual SullivanArc Garden Tour will feature an exclusive look at private gardens in and around the hamlet of Roscoe on Saturday, June 23. Tickets are now on sale.
The guided bus tour will leave from the Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club, where the tour ends with a complimentary wine and cheese reception. It is hosted by SullivanArc, Sullivan Renaissance and Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce to benefit the SullivanArc Horticultural Program. Read more
Harrisburg, PA – With fishing license sales up by more than 20 percent, anglers from across the state are showing that they are ready to fish their favorite spots on April 14, which marks the traditional opening day of trout.
John Arway, executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), says opening day is a special time that families and kids look forward to every year. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will officially launch the 2012 season with an “All-Star Cast” at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 1. This year’s ceremony will be held in front of the CFFCM on the Willowemoc Creek (located at 1031 Old Rte. 17 between Roscoe and Livingston Manor). This year, actor Olek Krupa, jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood and several others will be on hand for the first cast. The event is hosted by the CFFCM’s First Family of Fly Fishing: Jeff, Erin, Alicia and Allie Phelan, along with Sullivan County Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. Read more
PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is stocking adult trout in a variety of lakes and streams that are open to public angling throughout Pennsylvania in 2012 and has posted where and when those fish will be released at www.fishandboat.com. Click on the link for 2012 Trout Stocking Schedules, select a county and start and end date from the calendars at the top of the page, then press go. Read more