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
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
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
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
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 RepPeifer.com or by calling 570/253-5533.
LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation district has announced its annual spring tree and shrub program. There is a wide range of species and sizes available. Ground covers, fertilizing tablets, marking flags, tree protectors and wildlife habitat housing are also available. To order, call 845/292-6552, ext. 101 and request the brochure and order blank. The application deadline is Monday, April 9. Tree pickup is Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, at the district office on Frendale-Loomis Road.
LaPLUME and EAST STROUDSBURG, PA — Penn State Extension is offering a one-day workshop titled “The Woods in Your Backyard” on March 30 at Keystone College, repeated on March 31 at East Stroudsburg University. The program is designed specifically (but not exclusively) for smaller landscapes. The vast majority of Pennsylvania’s landowners have less than 10 acres. This land, wooded or not, can provide benefits. By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife, improved water quality and reduced energy costs. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library, 138 Pike St., will be presenting a program for beginners who want to experiment with producing maple syrup on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. The presenter will be Dr. Frank Simpson, a local veterinarian for 50 years, a former Town of Deerpark historian, and one of the founders of the Neversink Valley Area Museum in Cuddebackville, where his maple syrup production demonstrations have educated museum visitors for many years. Read more