October 13 Chapter Meeting Cancelled

     Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel our monthly meeting for October 13.  We will have our next monthly meeting on November 10, 2021 where our annual elections will be held.  We will announce the topic of the next meeting at a later date.

     We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Hemlock and trout

Trout Unlimited’s South Central RVP Russ Collins was featured in an article this past month. “He sees, first-hand, how the iconic hemlock — Pennsylvania’s state tree — is under siege and is dying off,” and with it some of its vital ecosystem services.

https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/could-saving-the-state-tree-help-fix-trout-fishing-troubles/

Raytown Lake first annual Trashmaster Classic

This is an interesting idea.. There are many tournaments and gatherings but this is a tournament to pick up trash and clean up Raytown Lake.

Mark your calendars for National Public Lands Day – September 25 – and come help LCO clean up Raystown Lake! Free registration, free food, free prizes! Have fun competing against other teams while beautifying Central PA.

Whoever picks up the most trash wins the grand prize. Prizes for other categories include most tires and most footwear collected.

We are limited to 30 boats (powered only) so be sure to register before we reach capacity. Check out the page on our website for details and don’t forget to follow for updates!
https://loosecannonoutdoors.com/pages/trashmaster

Washington wildlife officials install new cameras to help catch poachers

An interesting and innovative way to catch poachers. Wonder if the PFBC and PGC have thought about using trail cameras?

https://www.king5.com/mobile/article/news/local/washington-fish-and-wildlife-live-motion-cameras-detect-poachers/281-dfbaab7d-2857-411e-b6c3-e1fe975adc9a

What do you think about a single opening dayof trout Statewide?

PROPOSED RULEMAKING: FISHING – Establish a Single Statewide Opening Day of the Regular Season for Trout ➡️ http://ow.ly/3efA50G0I1yhttp://ow.ly/FwmX50G0I0X ➡️
COMMENT ON THIS RULEMAKING. Public Comment Period: September 4 – October 4, 2021➡️
http://ow.ly/FwmX50G0I0Xhttp://ow.ly/FwmX50G0I0X

DCNR Hosts Aug. 25 Webinar On Northcentral ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot Program

the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will host an August 25 webinar on the ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot Project starting at Noon.

The public is encouraged to participate in the webinar and those who would like to attend virtually may register for the event. DCNR Staff will provide updated information about the pilot and ATV safety during the hour-long webinar.

Click Here to register for the webinar.

“We hope to connect with ATV riders and community members during this webinar to help educate about the pilot and provide important safety updates,” said State Forester Ellen Shultzabarger. “DCNR continues to recognize the desire of the ATV riding community to be able to travel long distances legally and without interruption and the positive effect such opportunities can have on local businesses.”

The pilot area was opened on July 26 to ATV riders in the northcentral region of the state to provide opportunities for riding enthusiasts to traverse many miles of roads opened to all-terrain vehicle use and trails in Potter and Tioga counties will remain open until Sunday, September 26.

The pilot program will also be reopened on the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend in 2022 to coincide with the full DCNR trail summer riding season and incorporate a planned connection to the Tiadaghton State Forest and the Haneyville ATV Trail System in Lycoming and Clinton counties.

This ATV Regional Trail Connector program is in response to growing ATV purchases, registrations, and public demand for increased riding opportunities. 

Through collaborating with public and private partners, the pilot aims to offer long-distance riding opportunities, contribute to local economies, while maintaining the many uses and values of the state forest system. 

DCNR recently revised its ATV trail policy, which lifted the moratorium on new trails that had been in place since 2003.

Though the pilot areas will be marked, riders will be expected to familiarize themselves with the portions of road and trail that are open to ensure they are operating in the legal areas. The official pilot area map.

DCNR will be gathering public input throughout the two-year period through a variety of methods, including webinars, surveys, comment cards, public meetings and advisory committees. To comment on the North Central ATV pilot, please send an email to: RA-NR-ATV-Pilot@pa.gov.

Additional information about the ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot Program

More information about ATV riding opportunities in state forests.

  For more information on state parks and forests and recreation in Pennsylvania, visit DCNR’s website, Click Here to sign up for the Resource newsletter, Visit the Good Natured DCNR Blog,  Click Here for upcoming events, Click Here to hook up with DCNR on other social media– Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.[Posted: August 19, 2021]  PA Environment Digest