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February 08, 2016
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REGION — The Catskill Nordic Ski Club’s informal, guided cross-country skiing sessions will continue in late January through mid-March. All trips start at 1 p.m. The leaders may choose to reschedule, to change the location, or to hold a hike instead of a skiing event depending on conditions, so it is advisable to call the leaders ahead of time to get the most up-to-date information (see phone numbers below). The leaders are prepared to help and encourage new skiers, and can provide directions to the meeting place for each event.


The Eldred Junior/Senior High School gets hooked

ELDRED, NY — The Eldred Central High School (ECHS) has formed an all new fishing club focused on teaching kids of all skill levels different techniques. The club has been focusing on casting basics and knot tying, and has started tournaments within the club.

The types of fishing vary from open-water bass fishing, to ice fishing, fly fishing, trout fishing, or even going on the river for walleye. The club officers are Charles Kaese Jr., president, Nick Wyss, vice president, Matt Donnelly, secretary, and Colton Kelty, treasurer, and Mrs. Padua is the advisor and club founder.  Read more

Help identifying invasives

LIBERTY, NY — Free identification services for all potential invasive species are offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County. “Invasive species are plants, animals including insects, pathogens and parasites that spread quickly and cause harm to other species,” according to Presidential Executive Order 13112. Even though only one percent of new species introduced each year become invasive, the environmental damage caused has been estimated at $138 billion a year.

Contact CCE, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., or call 845/292-6180.

Scouts participate in derby

SHOHOLA, PA — Shohola Boy Scout Troop #76 recently participated in the 2013 Klondike Derby sponsored by the Delaware River District of the Boy Scouts of America. This year, the event was held at Thunder View Farms, Grahamsville, NY and the theme was “Down on the Farm.”

The course consisted of eight different stations including first aid, building a shelter, tree identification, fire building, bridge building and ice rescue.  Read more

Feedback sought on fee increase

MILFORD, PA — The U.S. Forest Service seeks input on a proposal to raise interpretive tour fees by $2 at Grey Towers National Historic Site. A 30-day public response period will end March 15.  Read more

Fly fishermen get ready for 2013 season

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum will hold its first event of the 2013 season with Fly Fest on February 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1031 Old Rte. 17. Fifty fly tyers will show off their skills with a day of feather bending, clipping and swapping flies. From novices to experienced casters, everyone is invited to share ideas and improve their tying skills. Fly Fest, which is sponsored by Catskill Flies, is a sure sign that opening day of trout season is about six weeks away.  Read more

Guided snowshoe hike at Varden

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join volunteers from the Upper Delaware Nordic Ski Patrol to get out in the snow and search for signs of wildlife activity in winter at the Varden Conservation Area on Sunday, February 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at Mid-Valley Access.  Read more

Snowshoe hike and wine tasting at Bashakill

WURTSBORO, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a snowshoe hike at the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area on Saturday, February 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a wine tasting following the hike.
Learn about the ecology, culture and history of the area with Melinda Meddaugh, land protection coordinator for the conservancy, and Mike Medley, president of the Bashakill Area Association. The lands and waters of the Bashakill are home to a great variety of plants and wildlife, including eagles.  Read more

Learn to grow your own veggies

HONESDALE, PA — Penn State Master Gardeners in Wayne County will host a four-week series on vegetable gardening presented by Judy Trudgen, Master Gardener, at the Penn State Extension Office, 684 Park St. The dates of the course are February 5, 12, 19 and 26 all from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Cross-country skiing across the region

REGION — With a white winter upon us, the season is affording cross-country skiers ample time out on the snow. For beginners and advanced skiers alike, there are many guided cross-country skiing excursions that are offered in our area.  Read more

DEP to allow electric trolling motors while fishing

CANNONSVILLE RESERVOIR, NY — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced a new, one-year pilot program, beginning in April, that will allow electric trolling motors for permitted boats fishing at Cannonsville Reservoir. This move follows last year’s expansion of recreational boating, and it marks the first time motorized boats for fishing will be allowed on any of DEP’s upstate reservoirs.  Read more

Take an eagle bus tour this winter

LACKAWAXEN, PA AND BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Eagle Institute will host seven guided eagle-viewing bus trips, scheduled on multiple weekends throughout January and February. Learn about eagles and experience our national symbol in its natural habitat. Unless otherwise noted, the trips commence at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy Winter Field Office in Lackawaxen.

Seats on trips are limited, and reservations are required, so reserve your space today for the following 2013 winter trips:  Read more

Nordic skiers begin new winter season

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — December 22 marks the first event of the winter season for the Catskill Nordic Ski Club. Members will gather at the Haven Road trail for a tow path hike and trail clearing. Pat and Dan Gersten will coordinate the day’s activities. Call 845/798-6618.  Read more

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Eagle Institute team up

LACKAWAXEN, PA and BETHEL, NY — On Saturday, December 1, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (Conservancy) hosted a successful Volunteer Training Day to launch the first winter eagle monitoring season with the Eagle Institute as part of the Conservancy. The Conservancy also officially opened the Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Eagle Institute winter field office in Lackawaxen.  Read more

USDA urges private forest landowners with damage to contact FSA

WALTON, NY — Private landowners with forest that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy are urged to contact their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office for information on the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP). EFRP provides assistance to landowners of private forest land to help carry out emergency measures to restore land damaged by a natural disaster. The FSA office’s phone number is 607/865-4005 or email barbara.davidowsky@ny.usda.gov.  Read more

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