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Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest, followed by children ranging in age from pre-school to fourth grade, peeking under rocks, poking along a stream bank, exploring a meadow, we focused on learning about habitats and the various species typically found in each.

It was wonderful to see the children absorbed in these outdoor experiences as their senses came alive. Often, we would hear one exclaim, “I wish I could do this EVERY day!”

PEEC uses grant to fund fishing programs

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

Fishing museum obtains rod casting simulator

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

Large didymo blooms found in Delaware

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

Promised Land activities in May

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

Vendor space available

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On August 4 Hardy USA and The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will host the second annual Hardy Bros. Cup bamboo rod casting competition, coinciding with the CFFCM’s Summerfest and Anglers Market.  Read more

DEP launches Earth Day web page

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 ( 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.

Promised Land seeks volunteers

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park seeks a variety of volunteers for the upcoming season.  Read more

Fishing groups, Boy Scouts join in Stream Clean event

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

Garden club has diamond anniversary

MILFORD, PA — This year the Milford Garden Club is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Starting off a year of celebratory events, it will hold a special luncheon on Tuesday, April 17, at 12 noon, at the Carlin Gardens Inn in Slate Hill, NY.  Read more

Celebrate PA Opening Day with Community Fish Fry

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

Tickets on sale for Roscoe garden tour

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

April 14 Marks Opening Day of Trout Statewide

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

Season opens with an All-Star Cast

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

Sportsmen's Expo at Villa Roma

CALLICOON, NY — The Sullivan County Catskills Sportsmen’s Expo will be held on Friday, March 30 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center. It will be held indoors at the tennis center.  Read more

New shooting club forms in Pike

PIKE COUNTY, PA — Pike County now has a new 4H Shooting Sports club for young people from ages eight through 18. The club’s group leader is Ron Tussel, well known for his outdoor writing and television appearances.  Read more

Trout stocking schedules available

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 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

Program to help forest landowners

PENNSYLVANIA — An initiative to share information and management suggestions with the hundreds of thousands of private forest land owners has been launched by Penn State: the Center for Private Forests. Nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvania is covered by forests, with more than 70% of those woodlands privately owned. The overall mission is the retention, stewardship and management of private forests, according to center director James Finley, professor of Forest Resources. Focus will be research, education and outreach.  Read more

Fly fishing for women

ALTMAR, NY — Trout Unlimited will sponsor a fly-fishing seminar for women on June 2 and 3. The Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar and the Salmon River will serve as the classrooms for this event.

The seminar is designed for women who are looking to learn or improve their fly-fishing skills. It will cover all topics from beginner to advanced.  Read more

Pammer wins Telemark Masters Race in Vermont

PERU, VT—Bill Pammer is seen here just after crossing the finish line at the 27th annual Kare Anderson Telemark Ski Race at Bromley Mountain in Vermont on Sunday, February 26, winning the gold medal in the Telemark Masters Expert Category. Pammer, a resident of Bethel, NY and Sullivan County Planning Commissioner from 2004 to 2009, won in the Masters category and placed fourth overall in the entire experts category.  Read more

Trout stocking schedules available

PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania trout stocking schedules are now available in anticipation of opening day, scheduled for Saturday, April 14. Copies of the schedules are available at Representative Mike Peifer’s office at the Wayne County Visitors Center, 32 Commercial St., online at or by calling 570/253-5533.