MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club, in coordination with District II/III, Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, will hold a flower show on Friday, August 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 Broad St., at the corner of West Ann Street. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan County residents interested in caring about public trees are invited to help form a new Tree Keepers organization by attending an inaugural meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28 at the CVI Center.
The purpose of the organization is to bring together a working group of individuals with Tree Steward training, arborists and other experts in the field, and representatives of organizations working to protect forests and habitat. Read more
NEW YORK STATE —Freshwater fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for the 2012-13 season will go on sale on Monday, August 13. You can purchase licenses online, by phone or in person at DEC offices and most sporting goods stores and town clerk offices. The 2012-13 licenses are valid from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013. If you plan to fish, hunt or trap prior to October 1, 2012, you must have a valid 2011-12 license. Visit www.dec.ny.gov/permits/365.html.
CASTEL DI SANGRO, ITALY — At the ninth annual SIM (Italian School of Fly Fishing) Fly Fishing Festival, held in Castel di Sangro on June 23, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) and the International Museum of Fly Fishing Stanislao Kuckiewicz established a relationship to exchange history, information and friendship to preserve and promote the universal language of, and interest in, fly fishing. Read more
FERNDALE, NY — You can learn to become a Master Gardener through Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County through a 15-week training program that will begin September 6 at the Gerald J. Skoda Education Center. Up to 20 individuals will be accepted into the program after an application and interview process. Read more
THOMPSON, PA — Naturalist David Trently will lead a nature walk at Florence Shelly Preserve to discover and identify butterflies on Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m. He will lead participants through the diverse 400-acre protected nature preserve to find butterflies in some of their preferred habitats: fields, woods, and wetlands. Read more
ITHACA, NY — There will be a Cornell Maple Camp held from August 1 to 4 at Cornell’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest. It is designed for anyone who wants to become a producer or who has a few years of experiences, but is seeking to expand production, products, markets or profitability. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program will present a garden workshop for children and their adults on July 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Education Center. Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Grian MacGregor will entertain the audience with her cast of puppets. A talented gardener herself, MacGregor has developed programs for children that make learning fun. Read more
GREENTOWN, PA — Join the Park’s Environmental Educator for a fun-filled day at Promised Land State Park, geared for ages 11 to 15. The day for girls will be Thursday, July 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The day for boys will be Thursday, August 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program will encourage young people to discover and explore the park, try new activities and make new friends. Prepayment is required; once participants are registered, their parents will receive a confirm letter with more program details. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club’s 20th Annual Secret Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are eight gardens for viewing this year. The featured gardens are located within the Borough of Milford. However, the locations of these eight gardens are a “secret” until the day of the tour. Pre-event tickets cost $15; ticket price the day of the tour is $20. Call 570/296-6345 or 296-3833.
HONESDALE, PA — At the Honesdale High School graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 9, honor student Devan George was awarded the first annual scholarship of The Lackawaxen River Conservancy.
In awarding the $500 scholarship to Devan, the Conservancy was impressed with her passion for the natural world, her outstanding academic credentials and extracurricular leadership roles, and her intention to pursue a career in an area related to environmental conservation. She will begin her studies at the University of New Hampshire in August. Read more
ITHACA, NY — Composting isn’t just for veggie scraps. It’s often the best way to deal with roadkill, livestock mortality and even large-scale animal deaths due to floods, fires or other catastrophes.
Many people, including some farmers, assume it’s best to bury animals underground. In fact, it’s safer and kills pathogens more effectively when carcasses are composted in unturned piles, according to Jean Bonhotal, director of the Cornell Waste Management Institute.
“Most of the time they get buried, but that brings them 6 feet closer to the water table,” Bonhotal said. Read more
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