SPORTSMEN ALLIANCE FOR MARCELLUS CONSERVATION Presentation

We have just received information about a presentation that will be held on July 10, 2013 at 7 pm at the Pennsdale Civic Center. The topic of the presentation will be Shale Gas Leasing on

Pennsylvania’s Game Lands.  Please click the link to see the advertisement for this program. SAMC July Mini-Summit

Pennsylvania DCNR to Hold Public Meeting June 3 on Possible Gas Development in Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today announced that the department will hold a public meeting on Marcellus Shale issues in the Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 3 at Lycoming College in Williamsport.
“DCNR is responding to requests that the public be given the chance to provide the department with information and comments on possible gas development in the Loyalsock, in an area where we do not own the subsurface rights,” Allan said. “This meeting is the completion of a series of interactions with the public regarding this complicated and long-standing issue, including a local stakeholder meeting and a public web-based information session.”
As a result of a 1989 Commonwealth Court decision, about 25,000 acres of the Loyalsock State Forest are in a unique and complex situation in terms of surface ownership and rights.
“DCNR is committed to stewardship of state forests and to working proactively with all stakeholders – including the public and mineral right owners – to ensure the protection of these vital public lands,” Allan said.
The meeting will be held in Wendle Hall, Academic Center, off of Mulberry Street. All are welcome to participate in the public meeting. Registration is not required.
The meeting will begin with a short power-point presentation about the Loyalsock situation by Marcellus Program Manager Arianne Proctor. Following the presentation, questions will be answered by Secretary Allan, Proctor and State Forester Dan Devlin.
Following the question and answer session, participants will be offered the opportunity to make comments with a five-minute time limit.
If unable to attend the meeting, members of the public can submit written comments by email to loyalsock@pa.gov.
DCNR held a local stakeholder meeting on this issue on April 4, and participated in a Penn State web-based information session on April 25.
The webinar is archived and available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website. To access the webinar, go to http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas and choose “Recorded Webinars” under “Quick Links.”

Loyalsock State Forest Clarence Moore Lands Fact Sheet

Unassessed Waters Project

Submitted by Joe Radley

 

The Chapter meeting on April 10 had Bob Weber, Fisheries Biologist with the PF&BC, detailing the process for doing the surveys for the Unassessed Waters Initiative in our area.  The Susquehanna chapter of TU has been invited to be one of two TU Chapters (the other is Allegheny in Western PA) in the state to initiate the survey.

Bob is asking you to fish these unassessed waters this spring and summer and complete a one page report on your findings.  He brought lists and maps of the unassessed waters for Lycoming, Sullivan, and northern Union counties.  Within this area, there are over 2100 unassessed streams!  The PF&BC is focusing on streams likely to be impacted by gas wells or other development.

Any stream you find to have a trout population will be given a priority for in depth assessment by the PF&BC or one of the colleges working with them.  Prior assessments have found a good number of Class A trout streams.  These are eligible for classification as HQ or EV, giving them high levels of protection.

So, how do you go about surveying streams?  First, always make sure if you have legal access.  If a stream is not public land, always seek out the owner and ask permission.  Give an explanation of your purpose and let the owner, if allowed on, know of your results.  Bob said, in prior years, they almost always were given permission to come on the property.  If you have a computer, go to http://www.coldwaterheritage.org. Click on “Unassessed Waters Initiative” on the left side of the screen.  You can view maps and lists of the streams.  Unassessed streams are in red and assessed ones are in blue. Do not submit any surveys on the blue streams.  Print out the survey form and select the streams you plan to fish.  Go fishing! Please complete the form as soon as possible after fishing, making sure you give clear identifiers of the stream.  The follow-up assessments need specific location to complete their survey.  Many streams are listed as unnamed tribs to another stream so a GPS would be useful as lists include coordinates for the stream mouth.

If you don’t have access to a computer, call Joe Radley, 326-1851, to set up a time to see the maps and lists plus get copies of the survey form.  Be mindful that Joe will likely be fishing when you call so make sure you leave a number for call back.

When you have completed the form, please send it in so it can be forwarded to the PF&BC.   DO NOT SUBMIT THE FORMS DIRECTLY TO THE PF&BC.  You can mail the forms to: Susquehanna Chapter of TU, PO Box 1132, Williamsport, PA 17703-1132 or email to centz@lyco.org.

If you want, survey a stream twice, say May and August, to see if it keeps trout continuously.  Please submit forms as soon as you have them done.  We will put surveyed streams on the chapter website so we can avoid duplication.  We will stop surveying on 9/30, for this year.  All reports have to be in to the PF&BC by 10/31.

Thanks for your participation and helping wild trout.  The maps, streams lists, and survey forms are available on our website under the documents section.

 

Chapter Meeting – Protect Your Favorite Trout Stream By Going Fishing

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited is looking for your participation in launching a PA Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) pilot program to prioritize which streams will be studied this summer as part of the Unassessed Waters Initiative. PFBC staff will be at the monthly meeting of Susquehanna TU at 7:30 p.m. on April 10th to display maps and list which streams in Lycoming and Sullivan Counties need to be sampled. Under this program, anglers will pick a stream to go out and fish and then report back on what they caught or observed using a form supplied by the PFBC.  This information will then be used by the PFBC to prioritize sampling efforts for this summer’s work by PF&BC staff and partnering colleges. We would like to invite all local trout fisherman, watershed groups, and others who would like to assist in this program to attend the meeting and consider helping out with this monumental effort to get wild trout streams protected.

The meeting will be held at the First Presbyterian Church (East 3rd Street and Mulberry Street, Williamsport) and parking and entrance is in the rear.  We look forward to seeing you there and helping with the project.

Outdoor Life Expo A SUCCESS

We had a great time at the Pennsylvania Outdoor Life Expo at the Lycoming Mall this past weekend.    We want to thank everyone who came out to support us during this event and helped make it a success.  We used this as our Chapter fundraiser and sold fishing equipment and accessories that were donated to the Chapter.  We had individuals bringing items to our booth during the event, while others purchased items as unbeatable prices, and others just gave monetary donations.

A tremendous amount of work was done within a short period of time (only two weeks) to get ready for this event and it would not have been possible without the generosity of everyone who donated items, helped sort out and price items, and those who manned the booth.  We will continue to solicit fishing equipment and accessories so that we can continue to use them not only for fundraising purposes but also to donate items that we can to other organizations / individuals who are in need and to use them in our own programs.

Again, Thank you to everyone who helped make this fundraising effort a success!!!!!

Watch us tonight at 6:30 on WNEP

Tonight on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life (6:30 pm on WNEP) there will be a segment on our Chapter getting ready for the Outdoor Life Expo at the Lycoming Mall. We met with Don Jacobs a week or so ago and episode was filmed as we were sorting the materials that we will be selling during the show.

Be sure to watch and we continue to look for items to sell.

If you have any fishing equipment or accessories that you would like to donate, please contact Dave Craig (davsalc@comcast.net) or Bob Baker (rlbaker@ earthlink.net) to arrange pickup or drop off.

We also need people to help man the table all day Thursday – Sunday. Any time you can give to help will be appreciated.

Chapter Has Booth At Lycoming Mall Outdoor Show

Susquehanna Chapter will have a 10′ x 20′ booth at the Lycoming Mall Sports Show, courtesy of Don Jacobs of WNEP Channel 16. The show will give us the opportunity to sell the huge collection of fishing equipment donated by long time member Don Neyhart along with other used and surplus items donated by chapter members and others. We met with Don Jacobs on March 22, when he interviewed us and made a video of the equipment which we were sorting. There will be a segment about the Chapter on the Pennsylvania Outdoor Life Show on March 31, 2013 at 6:30 pm. He will be soliciting more donations on our behalf and the theme will be“Recycle your old fishing equipment”

This is a great opportunity for our chapter to establish a new way to raise funds. Six of us, Bob Baker, Bill O’Connor, Kevin McJunkin, Joe Radley, Scott Rupert and Dave Craig have already spent over 45 man-hours sorting and pricing the items we already have. We need more to sell. Please look through your equipment, and donate your surplus to the chapter. Don told me that they had traffic of over 100,000 people at the show last year, so we need lots of product. Email or call Bob Baker (rlbaker@earthlink.net)or Dave Craig (davsalc@comcast.net) to arrange to deliver whatever you have. Only saleable items, please. Sort it out, since we do not have time to do more of that work. We have lots of good stuff, including five good Sage rods, fly tying tools & equipment, books, lures, and much, much more, etc.

WE NEED LOTS OF HELP!!

We must man the booth from 10 A.M. To 9 P..M. On April 4,5,& 6, and from 11 A.M. To 5 P.M on the 7th of April. We should have at least four people on site at all times in order to handle the traffic and to provide security for the equipment. Please consider, and advise Bob Baker or Dave Craig when you can help. Email is greatly preferred for communicating this information. We must set up the booth on April 3, starting at 9 P.M., and will need help

Come See Us at the Pennsylvania Outdoor Life Expo

Come See Us at the Pennsylvania Outdoor Life Expo
April 4 – 7, 2013 at the Lycoming Mall

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This event will be the Chapters main fundraiser for this year as we will be selling fishing accessories that have been donated to the Chapter.  Please spread the word and come out and support us during this event.  Our booth will be located in the hallway between Center Court and the Bon Ton. We are in need of people to help man the booth and we are hoping for at least 3 people to be there at all times.  Our list of things that we will have for sale include:

Fishing Rods of all kinds

Fly Tying Supplies and tools

Rod Cases

Lure Making Equipment

Fishing Reels

Rod building materials and equipment

Lures

Books

And Much More!!!!

The event is free of charge and show hours are Thursday – Saturday 10am to 9pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.  We are still looking for items to sell so please consider donating to the Chapter.  Stock up on those fishing accessories at great prices. Please call Dave Craig (davsalc@comcast.net, Home:  570-326-1002, Cell:  570-971-4744) with any questions or if you can help out! Any amount of time you can give will be appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unassessed Waters Initiative Pilot Program to be officially launched

We will be officially launching the Unassessed Waters Initiative pilot program at the April 10, 2013 Chapter meeting.  Under this program, anglers will go out and fish the streams that are currently unassessed by the fish and boat commission and report back on what they caught or observed using a form supplied by the PFBC.  This information will then be used by the PFBC to prioritize sampling efforts by their partners for the upcoming field season.  The PFBC will be bringing large paper maps of where all the unassessed waters are for Lycoming and Sullivan counties.  Joe Radley and Carey Entz have agreed to be the coordinators for the Chapter. The PFBC plans to launch the program state-wide in 2014.  The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited is only one of two organizations selected for this pilot program; the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of TU is the other.  We would like to invite all local trout fisherman, watershed groups, and others who would like to assist in this program to attend the meeting and consider helping out with this monumental effort to get wild trout streams protected.

 

Fish Outing and Campout

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited is planning a campout and fishing on Antes Creek for May 3 and 4.  Andy Lyons, President of the Nippenose Valley Watershed Association, has offered to let us use his property for this event.  This is open to members only and registration is required with a deadline of April 26, 2013.  No Registrations will be accepted after this date.

The times for this event are 12 noon on May 3 until 1 pm May 4.  Lunch is on your own Friday and Mr. Lyons will be hosting a pig roast Friday evening free of charge and camping is available on the property. You can come for any part of the event, or the entire event, and camping is not mandatory but registration is required.

There are accessible areas of Antes Creek available for those individuals who have mobility issues and there will be individuals available to assist in guiding and basic instruction into fly fishing.  This is a fly fishing only event and no bait is allowed.  Additionally we will be practicing catch and release only during this event.

We are working on plans for a breakfast on Saturday morning and there may be a small fee for this but more information about this, and the event, will be given in the future.

To register for this event, please call Joe Radley at 570-326-1851.  There is an answering machine on this phone line to leave a message if Joe is not available to take your call.

The Susquehanna Ripples mistakenly said Ed Lyons was the President of the Nippenose Valley Watershed Association and whose property will be used.  The correct person is Andy Lyons and I apologize for this mistake. .