PA Woods and Wilds

The Chapter will have a table at this event. If you are free, come out and help staff the table and let others know what we do for the streams in our area.

General public and families are invited to the Lycoming County Fairgrounds to explore, buy, and learn, as the East Lycoming Education Foundation celebrates our PA Woods and Wilds. There will be make-and-take experiences for kids from many varied exhibits including paintings, baskets, flora, woodworking, and more.

Forest enthusiasts, naturalists, growers and gardeners, artisans, and craftspeople are all invited to come and join the celebration to present your ideas, sell PA hand-mades, and share your knowledge on all the opportunities of our PA Woods & Wilds resources.

Among the planned activities include: Fly-fishing lessons (2 one-hour slots are offered) from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for all ages, demonstrations of our drones in education (funded for the East Lycoming School District by the Foundation), learn about growing many varieties of plants and other wilderness excursions, and much more!

Food trucks on site will offer a variety of lunch and dinner options.

Susquehanna Chapter to host Pa Fish and Boat Commission public meeting on proposed fish stocking legislation

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Lycoming College Clean Water Institute (CWI), and the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will hold a public information and outreach forum on the evening of October 12, 2022 on the proposed rulemaking announced by the PFBC on the issue of preventing undesirable aquatic organisms and diseased and undesirable fish into waters of the Commonwealth from activities including fishing, boating, private hatchery operations, fish stocking practices, and use of certain live baits. The proposal appeared in the PA Bulletin on June 18, 2022.  The formal public comment period ended on September 17, 2022 but the PFBC announced that they will continue to accept comments until October 15, 2022. This forum will inform the public on the PFBC’s goals and need for the regulation, as well as looking for ideas and recommendations on how to improve the proposal and make the program work most effectively for all parties involved.

Speakers at the meeting will include Robert Caccese, David Nihart, and Coja Yamashita of the PFBC.

The meeting will be held at Lycoming College in the Heim Science Building (room G-09), Wednesday October 12, 2022 at 7 pm.  The meeting is free and open to the public.  Limited parking and handicap parking available in lot off Washington Blvd by Lynn Science (building #13). Other parking is available in lots off Ross Street, Mulberry Street lot, AC lot or Packer Street lot. This meeting will be the Chapter meeting for October.

2022 Special Report on Fishing

For the twelfth year in a row, the Outdoor Foundation and Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation have teamed up to produce the special report on fishing to provide a comprehensive look at overall trends in participation as well as detailed information on specific fishing categories.

Insights include motivations, barriers and preferences of key groups. the report also identifies opportunities for engaging new audiences in fishing and examines less tangible perceptions about the sport. special sections are dedicated to youth, hispanic americans and females – under representative populations with potential for significant growth.

To see the full report, click here

Chapter Recognized at Annual PATU Meeting

Two members of the Chapter attended the annual PATU meeting in Bellefonte. It was an informative meeting and it was great to see friends, and make new ones, from around the State.

Chapter President Walt Nicholson was recognized by PATU President Greg Malaska for his dedication and knowledge of our regions waterways. Greg said that Walt strives to keep on top of the issues affecting, or that may affect, the waterways and if any information is needed, Walt is the guy he can rely on for information.

The Chapter also received recognition for having the best chapter newsletter. Pictured below is Rachel Kester, PATU Program Director and Greg Malaska, PATU President presenting Bob Baker with the Samuel Slaymaker Award for Best Chapter Newsletter for 2022.

The Chapter wants to thank everyone who has worked so hard and has contributed to the Chapter in the last year. The recognitions that we received are a reflection of your dedication and commitment to protecting, conserving and restoring the coldwater streams of north central Pennsylvania