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PFBC Quaterly Meeting

Property Transactions, Grants Highlight Commission Meeting

HARRISBURG, Pa.– At its 100th quarterly business meeting held today, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) approved several property transactions, finalized new regulations for Lake Erie, and awarded two grants for projects on the Lehigh and Susquehanna rivers.

Commissioners voted to purchase for $4,000 a public fishing access and conservation easement along Fishing Creek, a popular trout fishery located in the Upper Susquehanna-Lackawanna watershed. The easement area is located on property owned by the FishingCreek Sportsmen’s Association and consists of approximately 210 linear feet on one side of Fishing Creek along State Route 487 in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County. The acquisition also includes an additional easement for a footpath and parking area to ensure access to the fishing easement area.

“Public fishing access to Fishing Creek has been limited,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway, who noted that improving access to the area is a specific goal in Pennsylvania’s Fishing and Boating Access Strategy, a collaborative effort among PFBC and partner organizations that the agency is using to help guide its decision making. “Fishing Creek receives trout stockings in this area, so this acquisition will provide greater public access to these fishing opportunities.”

Commissioners also approved an exchange of property rights at Rose Valley Lake, a PFBC-owned lake in Gamble Township, Lycoming County. As part of the transaction, the PFBC will grant an easement that expands the width of an existing road access across PFBC property that provides access to an adjoining private property. In return, the PFBC will receive from the private property owner a one-acre tract adjacent to the PFBC’s property, a conservation easement which will limit development on the adjacent property and a one-time $15,000 payment. Because the PFBC’s property was originally purchased under a state funding program called the Project 70 Land Acquisition and Borrowing Act, the exchange must be approved by the General Assembly.

In addition to the regular business meeting, the PFBC hosted a free program on Monday evening to celebrate the Commonwealth’s fly-fishing heritage. Approximately 130 people turned out to meet the leaders of Pennsylvania's fly-fishing tradition and watch them demonstrate fly patterns made famous on Commonwealth waters.

During the program, Executive Director Arway formally recognized the Cumberland Valley TU Chapter for receiving the prestigious Gold Trout Award for 2011. The award is given annually to only one of about 400 national TU chapters in recognition for its work.

In other formal action today, Commissioners:
Adopted new regulations establishing adaptive creel limits for walleye and yellow perch based on the annual quotas established by the Lake Erie Committee, which consists of fisheries managers from Pa., Ohio, N.Y., Michigan and Ontario, Canada. Under the new regulation, the PFBC will set daily creel limits for these species by April 15 each year.
Adopted new regulations establishing a Lake Erie cast net permit for the harvest of emerald shiners and spottail shiners, which are popular baitfish. The $10 permit allows anglers to harvest a combined daily creel limit of 200 emerald shiners and spottail shiners.
Adopted amendments to regulations which increase the number of commercial seine licenses from 10 to 40.
Approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking to apply catch and release regulations on American shad on the Lehigh River upstream of the first dam in Easton and its tributaries and on the Schuylkill River upstream from the I-95 Bridge and its tributaries.
Approved a grant not to exceed $270,000 to the Wildlands Conservancy for water trail and access area development along the Lehigh River in Carbon, Northampton and Lehigh counties. The grant will be used to rebuild the boat launch and expand the parking area at the Walnutport access in Walnutport, Northampton County; to construct a parking area and a concrete boat launch a the Treichler’s Bridge access in North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County; and to install new signs along the Lehigh River Water Trail. Walnutport Borough, the conservancy and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources also are providing funding to the project.
Approved a grant of $75,000 for 2012 to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to assist with the operation of the west fish lift at the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River.
Approved a grant from the Erie Access Improvement Program not to exceed $210,000 to the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority for the construction of a fishing platform at Liberty Park on the shores of Lake Erie in the City of Erie. The total cost of the project is approximately $747,000. The PFBC previously provided grants of $168,500 to the authority. The balance is being funded by the authority ($150,000), and grants from the SONS of Lake Erie ($43,500), the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources ($100,000), and the Department of Environmental Protection and the Coastal Zone Management Program ($75,000).
Entered into a non-surface use oil and gas cooperative agreement with Range Resources Appalachia, LLC, for the development of oil and natural gas at the Commission’s Dutch Fork Lake property in Donegal Township, Washington County. Range Resources has offered the Commission a non-surface use agreement that includes a five-year primary term, a $3,800 per acre up-front bonus payment of $2,236,680 and an initial royalty rate of 18%. The bonus payment and all royalties will be deposited into the Fish Fund where they will be used to fund efforts to revitalize and repair Commonwealth-owned high hazard dams managed by the Commission.
A complete copy of the meeting schedule and the full agenda for the meeting can be found on the Commission’s web site at www.fishandboat.com/minutes.htm. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.
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The one in Rose Valley is far from over. There are numerous people fighting this. Lawsuits are being filed. They feel it is setting a precedence by allowing this on lands bought under project 70.

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Numerous Awards Presented at Commission Meeting

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) opened its 100th quarterly business meeting today with several awards presented to staff and partners.

Lifesaving Award Presented to WCOs Scott Christman and Aaron Lupacchini

Waterways Conservation Officers (WCOs) are often called upon to help anglers and boaters in times of need. On July 30, 2011, WCO Scott J. Christman and WCO Aaron Lupacchini responded to a call for help on Mauch Chunk Lake, Carbon County. An elderly man had capsized his boat and was under the vessel. Both officers responded to the scene, where they removed the man from the water. The man was not breathing and had no heartbeat. The two officers began CPR and established a pulse. The individual was taken by Life Flight to Lehigh Valley Hospital but, unfortunately, did not survive.

In recognition for their efforts to save lives under extraordinary circumstances, officers Christman and Lupacchini were presented with Lifesaving Awards by PFBC Executive Director John Arway and Director of Law Enforcement Tom Kamerzel.

2011 Sport Fish Restoration Outstanding Project Award from the American Fisheries Society

PFBC staff Jackie Kramer and Scott Bollinger accepted a 2011 Sport Fish Restoration Outstanding Project Award from the American Fisheries Society for the Commission’s Nesbit Park access area project in Wilkes-Barre, Lackawanna County. The project included the widening of the boat launch; construction of a paved parking area and access road; construction of an overflow parking area; installation of erosion and sedimentation controls; and the installation of signs and kiosks. The annual Sport Fish Restoration Outstanding Project awards highlight the importance and effectiveness of the Sport Fish Restoration program and recognize excellence in fisheries management, research, and education.

PA-American Water Company Recognition and PFBC Outstanding Service Award

Anglers in northeast Pennsylvania will have more places to enjoy their sport this year thanks to Pennsylvania American Water’s commitment to open five water reservoirs in Lackawanna County to public fishing. The water company and PFBC announced in October the opening of the reservoirs, which include: Curtis (Madison Township); Dunmore #1 (Dunmore Township); Elmhurst (Roaring Brook Township); Griffin (South Abington and Scott townships); and Maple Lake (Spring Brook Township.) The company also allows fishing at two other area reservoirs – Comfort Pond in Susquehanna County and Ceasetown Reservoir in Jackson and Lehman townships in Luzerne County.

PFBC Executive Director John Arway presented Waterways Conservation Officer Walter Buckman with an Outstanding Service Award for his efforts in working with the water company to open the reservoirs.

In recognition of the company’s contribution, Mr. Arway presented a framed print of a brook trout – the Commonwealth’s official state fish – to Dan Hufton, senior director, production, Pennsylvania American Water.

“We are truly honored to receive this recognition and want to thank the Fish and Boat Commission for partnering with us on a project that benefits everyone," Hufton said. "Pennsylvania American Water is very fortunate to benefit from so many natural resources and continue to have great success working with Fish and Boat Commission to share our natural resources with the public."

Bailey’s Grove Property Award

The Central Pennsylvania Conservancy and a Dauphin County landowner were honored by the Commission for their work in providing additional public access to the popular Clarks Creek. The property owner, Flemish Down LLC, donated half of the value of the property – known as Bailey’s Grove – to facilitate the sale of the property to the conservancy, which obtained the balance of the purchase price from a Community Conservation Partnership Program grant through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The property was then donated to the PFBC. Debbie Bowman accepted the award on behalf of the conservancy and Michael Blum and Josh First accepted the award on behalf of the property owner.

Pennsylvania Boating Educator of the Year Award

The key to the PFBC’s boating safety education programs are volunteer instructors who teach the Basic Boating and Boating & Water Safety Awareness courses approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Many volunteer instructors have been involved with the PFBC’s boating education programs for several years, like Bobby Michener. The president of Peter’s Marina Service in Allentown is a life-long boater and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to safety courses. In recognition of his volunteer efforts, Mr. Michener has been named NASBLA’s 2011 Boating Educator of the Year in Pennsylvania.

“Bobby exemplifies a true passion for boating safety in both his teaching and involvement in organizations and committees that utilize his expertise, knowledge, and skills,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “It is through the efforts of volunteer instructors like Bobby Michener, that the citizens with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are more prepared and safer while out on the water.”

The annual award is designed to recognize those in the boating education field who go above and beyond to engage students and boaters, raise awareness, and make boating education and education initiatives relevant, thorough and exciting.

PFBC Receives 2011 Community Conservation Commendation Award

Clearwater Conservancy of Central Pennsylvania presented its 2011 Community Conservation Commendation Award to the PFBC in recognition of the Commission’s partnership with ClearWater and other local conservation organizations to remove two dams in Centre County – Dayton Dam on Sixmile Run and the McCoy-Linn Dam on Spring Creek – and restore the streams and riparian buffers for the benefit of the local community. The award further recognized the PFBC for educating the public about vernal pools, managing invasive species, and providing technical support on other projects. Scott Carney, chief of the Division of Habitat Management, accepted the award on behalf of the Commission.

IT Employee Receives 2011 Outstanding Leadership & Innovation Award

A member of the PFBC’s Bureau of Information Technology has received a 2011 Outstanding Leadership and Innovation (“Ollie”) Award from the Office of Administration (OA) for his work in information systems management. Chuck Druery received the award in December at the annual Pennsylvania Executive Leadership Forum, held by OA’s Office of Information Technology. Druery is network chief and manager for the Infrastructure, Security and Operations Section. He has led the charge in bringing the PFBC up to a new standard of technology, while at the same time supporting headquarters and 22 field offices.
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PFBC staff Jackie Kramer and Scott Bollinger accepted a 2011 Sport Fish Restoration Outstanding Project Award from the American Fisheries Society for the Commission’s Nesbit Park access area project in Wilkes-Barre, Lackawanna County.
FYI that would be Luzerne county.

Great report thanks.

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