HARRISBURG, PA — As the busy July 4 holiday approaches, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding vacationers that boating under the influence (BUI) is a serious crime and a threat to public safety.
“Boating under the influence is no different than driving a car after someone’s been drinking,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Alcohol impairs an individual’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. For the safety of all individuals on the water, please do not operate your boat, jet ski, canoe or kayak if you’ve been drinking.” Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum’s (CFFCM) Hall of Fame Committee has announced the 2012 Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Inductees. Deceased inductees are Joe Brooks, Carrie Frost, Dr. George Parker-Holden and Paul Young. Still living are Stu Apte, Thomas McGuane, Ed Shenk and Larry Solomon. The induction ceremony will be held at the CFFCM in October. Call 845/439-4810.
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne Conservation District has received $1,565 for a Japanese knotweed and invasive species demonstration site. Over the last decade, there has been a huge increase in the amount of Japanese knotweed and other invasive species along local waterways. In an effort to reduce non-point source pollution, in this case, soil erosion and sediment pollution, the conservation district is going to get rid of the knotweed and other invasive species along a section of the Lackawaxen River and replace it with a native vegetated buffer. Read more
MILFORD PA — A hike through the forest will introduce visitors to the history of conservation in America on Saturday, June 23, at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike. The moderate hike, which begins at 1:30 pm, will bring participants to the campsite replica of the Yale School of Forestry students who studied at Grey Towers in the early 20th century.
Regular tour fees apply and participants can tour the Grey Towers mansion for half price when tickets are purchased together. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club will sponsor a perennial plant sale on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the property of 108 W. Ann Street and Gooseberry Alley in Milford. The rain date is Sunday, June 10. Flower pots decorated by club members will be available for sale.
All perennials being sold are donated by members of the club. The plants sold that day will come with instructions that suggest the best growing conditions. All monies raised will be used for the beautification of Milford. Call 570/296-2632.
HANCOCK, NY—The annual One Bug fly-fishing tournament invites two-person fishing teams to Hancock, where the East and West branches of the Delaware River meet. Contestants must fish with only “one bug” for the entire day of fishing. Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR), a non-profit group that advocates on behalf of the water, the wildlife and the residents of the region, hosts the event to raise funds to support their work. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The incredible world of Wingless Wetflies will be explored at a special program at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will be filled with wetflies and soft hackles fly tying and the centuries-old historical background on wet fly fishing. Fish feed all year long, with surface feeding amounting to only five percent. To improve your fishing, you have to understand what feeding goes on under the surface the remaining 95% of the time. Read more
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