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State agencies issue alert to contain invasive species in Lycoming County
After confirming the presence of the invasive aquatic algae known as didymo, or “rock snot,” in Pine Creek, Lycoming County, anglers and boaters are reminded that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters.

“Our biologists have not seen any evidence of a full bloom of didymo in the creek or nearby waterways,” Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “This algae does not present a public health risk, but there is an ecological concern in terms of its future potential impact on the health of the waterway."

In late June, DEP biologists were conducting routine stream monitoring in Pine Creek upstream of Waterville in the vicinity of the Hamilton Bottom Canoe Access Area, a popular recreational destination. Read more...

DCNR meets with stakeholders to discuss drilling rights in Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County
DCNR staff met this week with representatives of several statewide organizations at their request to discuss DCNR’s role in protecting the natural and recreational resources in the Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County, where it does not own the subsurface rights. Read more...

Returning firefighters prove hot story with Harrisburg-area media
He had just traveled over 3,000 miles and now he was facing a drive through six or seven counties before he was home, and still Thomas Erdman was gracious with answers when questions were asked. Read more...

National forestry group honors DCNR employee
Accomplishment in rural and community forestry and personal achievement as a member of a national professional organization have earned a Bureau of Forestry employee prestigious honors from the Society of American Foresters. Read more...

ECO Camp again points the way to rewarding careers, strong friendships in the world of the outdoors
Addressing an audience roughly one-third her age, Ellen Ferretti faced the not-so-easy task of establishing common ground with her young listeners. Read more...

Also in the News

Wildlife watching tops fishing or hunting In Pa. economic contributions
The 2011 National Survey of Anglers, Hunters and Wildlife Watchers found that 4.6 million Pennsylvania residents and non-residents (16 years and older) fished, hunted or wildlife watched in Pennsylvania. Of the total number, 1.1 million fished, 775,000 hunted and 809,000 observed, fed and/or photographed wildlife away from home. Another 3.2 million observed, fed and/or photographed wildlife around the home.

From 2001 to 2011, the number of anglers, hunters and away-from-home wildlife watchers decreased 13 percent, 23 percent and 37 percent, respectively. In-state expenditure from 2001 to 2011 decreased among anglers and hunters by 34 percent and 19 percent, respectively, but increased among wildlife watchers by 4 percent.

In 2011, total expenditures all three activities was $2,6 bullion-- fishing $485.4 million, hunting $970.5 million and wildlife watching $1.2 billion. In 2001, total expenditures for all three activities was $2.8 billion-- fishing $762.2 million, hunting $901.1 million and wildlife watching $1.2 billion.

The Survey is conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Census Bureau.

Agency Spotlight

Rothrock State Forest
This forest is in the rugged ridge-and-valley section of Central Pa. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Hemlock Hike at Laurel Hill State Park
July 27. Held 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. We will hike through our stand of "old growth" Hemlock trees and discover the lengthy adventure they have survived. Please meet at the Trailhead of the Hemlock Trail. Contact Laurel Hill's Kimberly Peck for more information.

13th annual North Branch Land Trust Susquehanna River Trip
July 27. Held 9:30 a.m. at Howland Preserve, Wyoming County. From Meshoppen to NBLT’s beautiful Howland Preserve, this is an easy 11 mile paddle open to anyone and suitable for all levels of experience even beginners.  The Vosburg Neck section of the Susquehanna is especially beautiful and quiet with mountain ridges, beautiful rock formations and remnants of the old canal system walls.  Bald eagles consider this area their playground!  Bring binoculars as we are sure to see many eagles especially juveniles learning to fish along with Great Blue Herons, Kingfishers and many other birds.  A Department of Forestry island will be the stop for lunch with time for a little exploring and maybe even a swim. Be sure to bring proper footwear for water, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and drinking water.

Endless Mountain Outfitters is the guide for this trip and they offer recreational kayaks, tandem kayaks and canoes for rent.  The boats are very stable and user friendly.  The recreational kayaks are $50 and tandem kayaks or canoes are $65 for the day.  PFD’s and paddles are included.  A lesson on how to kayak will be given. If you bring your own boat, registration for the event is $20 per boat. Prices include a donation to the North Branch Land Trust.

Registration is required. Register directly with Endless Mountain Outfitters online here, call 570-746-9140 or email. For more information, email.

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July 24, 2013

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