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July 13, 2014
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UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — While this scene may by typical of how a fisher releases a fish back to the wild, “you don’t usually get such a good photo of a robust trout swimming out of the net,” according to The River Reporter’s fishing columnist Andy Boyar (The Incomplete Angler). This brown trout was caught by Boyar on May 21, while he was fishing with his friend Peter Kolesar and guide Bill Fraser on the main stem of the Delaware River near Buckingham, PA.

Bass and minnow stocking program

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual Bass and Minnow Fish Stocking Program in June. If your pond has excessive vegetation, you may want to consider grass carp. To stock your pond with largemouth bass, fathead minnows, or grass carp, call 845/292-6552 to request an order form and price list. Orders will be accepted until Thursday, June 20. Pick-up is on Saturday, June 29 between 10 and 11 a.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building, 64 Ferndale–Loomis Rd. Email lisaschick@liberty.twcbc.com.

Deer harvest reported

NEW YORK STATE — Hunters took approximately 243,000 deer (124,000 antlerless deer and 119,000 adult bucks) during the 2012-13 hunting seasons, about 6% more than were taken the previous year. Increases were most pronounced in the northern zone where total take (30,840) increased 15 percent from 2011. In the southern zone, the adult buck take (about 98,570) increased 6% and the antlerless take (110,900) increased 5% from 2011. The 2012 harvest reflects deer populations that are greater than desired levels in many parts of New York. Increased take of antlerless deer will be necessary in 2013.  Read more

Public’s help sought to detect noxious weed

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — The Wayne County Conservation District (WCCD) and Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (UPDE) are seeking the help of the public to identify locations of a noxious, non-native weed called mile-a-minute vine, one of 13 listed on the Pennsylvania Noxious Weed List and on UPDE’s Early Detection and Rapid Response List.  Read more

Hike at dusk

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park will host a “Dusk Hike” on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Delaware State Forest. Meet at the Egypt Meadow trailhead (trailhead closest to Rt. I-84). Join the park naturalist for a crepuscular night walk. Watch the setting sun, listen for evening birds and watch for hungry bats. Wear sturdy shoes. This hike is a part of the “Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors” program. It is geared toward military families, but it is open to all.

Register by emailing PromisedLandEnvEdSp@pa.gov, or calling 570/676-0567.

5K race/walk set for April 28

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty SADD Chapter (Students Against Destructive Decisions) presents the third annual Spring Fling 5K Race/Walk on Sunday, April 28 at Liberty High School. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. T-shirts will be given to the first 100 racers and refreshments will be available to all participants after the race.  Read more

PEEC introduces Sportsman Series with class on fly fishing

Dingmans Ferry, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hosting a new series for outdoor sport enthusiasts. The first class in the Sportsman Series, Introduction to Fly Fishing, will focus on beginner skills for the amateur fly fisher. Tom Battista from the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited will teach several new skills, including knot tying and casting. This program will take place on April 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost is $20 for one class, or $50 to attend all three classes in the Sportsman Series.  Read more

Forest Restoration Workshop in Pike County

MILFORD, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Pike-Monroe Woodland Owners Group for a forest restoration workshop on Saturday, April 20 at the Milford Experimental Forest.  Read more

Guided wildflower walk at Varden Conservation Area

VARDEN, PA — Varden Conservation Area will hold the first of its 2013 environmental education programs, an early spring wildflower walk with the park naturalist, on Thursday, April 25 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Tannery Access off Route 296. This walk is a part of the “Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors” program. It is open to everyone ages 10 and up. Registration is requested at 570/676-0567 or by emailing PromisedLandEnvEdSp@pa.gov.  Read more

Many ways to help out the Earth this Earth Day

Earth Day festival at Lake Wallenpaupack

HAWLEY, PA — The annual Earth Day festival at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event is child friendly and includes face painting, music and games.  Read more

Anglers gather for first Saturday of Catskill's fishing season

Photos from the 2013 opening fishing season in Roscoe, NY

Earth Day festival set at Lake Wallenpaupack

HAWLEY, PA — The annual Earth Day festival at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Rte. 6 next to Wallenpaupack High School will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event is child friendly and includes face painting, music and games.  Read more

Celebrate Earth Day with the Water Snapshot Program

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — This year in celebration of Earth Day, the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River will sponsor the Water Snapshot Program. This annual event draws attention to water quality monitoring and brings awareness to environmental stewardship.  Read more

National Park Service rescuers receive accreditation

BUSHKILL, PA — National Park Superintendent John J. Donahue has announced that the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area’s (NRA) High Angle Rescue (HAR) team has been accredited by the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA). With this achievement, the team joins 13 other national park units that hold MRA accreditation including Denali, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton and Mount Rainier National Parks.  Read more

‘Snakes found in our backyard’

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub at The Port Jervis Free Library is continuing its Backyard Series of programs with Snakes Found in Our Backyard on Thursday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Reptile and amphibian specialist and timber rattlesnake consultant to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Randy Stechert, will share his knowledge of the region’s snakes.  Read more

Nature Watch Volunteer Program

WURTSBORO, NY — Become a hands-on Basha Kill Area Association volunteer by training for the Nature Watch Program on Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Mamakating Libray. The Nature Watch Training will help to educate you about bald eagle biology and the Basha Kill ecosystem. You will be able to effectively communicate with visitors to the Basha Kill about the nesting bald eagles, ospreys and other plant and animal residents.  Read more

Road closure to protect breeding amphibians

BUSHKILL, PA — Superintendent John J. Donahue of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area announced that motorists can expect River Road in Smithfield Township between park headquarters and Hialeah Picnic Area to be closed on several evenings over the next few weeks to protect breeding amphibians. The closures are contingent on the weather, especially when forecasts call for evening rain with mild temperatures in the 50s. The road will be closed from approximately 6 p.m. to approximately 6:30 a.m.  Read more

Catskill trout season opener slated

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will host its 2013 Trout Season Opener with a cast of celebrities including Joan Wulff, CFFCM Trustee Don Trump Jr. and son, actors Rip Torn and Olek Krupa and New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther on Saturday, April 6. The event will be held on the Willowemoc Creek just upstream from the CFFCM bridge at 9:30 a.m.  Read more

Park Service report highlights river’s values

MILANVILLE, PA — The National Park Service has published a new online report offering an overview of the values our river brings to people who live in and visit the Delaware River Basin. The report, titled “Delaware River Wild and Scenic River Values,” contains an extensive chapter on the Upper Delaware.  Read more

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.