Who owns the State forest lands in our state? It isn't the governor, DEP, DCNR or another state entity, it is th residents of our state. In this day and age, our voices are not heard, because we don't speak loud or often enough. We are too quick to desert, discard, forgo and renounce surrender. We were born with a backbone to be used for something besides holding us upright when we walk. It's about time we start using it for other purposes, which it was intended. There is no law or reasoning to approve drilling operations in the watershed area of the Old Loggers Path, Yellow Dog or Rock Run itself, and it should not be open for discussions under any circumstances.
This high quality trout stream is famous for its remoteness, productivity, waterfalls and for exactly what its name implies, Rock Run. Its stream bed is not made up of sediment washed in by high water, nor is its shores lined with mud or dirt. Truck traffic on the Rock Run dirt road would destroy and restrict the public's access to this one-of-a-kind trout stream that has survived since the Ice Age 20,000 years ago during the Pleistocene period. I have been a resident and a fisherman of Piatt Township, Lycoming County, most of my 80 years of life and I offer my backing to residents in McIntyre Township who oppose any invasion upon their beloved trout stream called Rock Run.
Although my heart lies up Pine Creek where I have made 307 trips through the PA Grand Canyon by raft, canoe and bicycle since 1960, I still have a great love for Rock Run and Pleasant Stream, which I have fished for the past 60 years. I have fished halfway around the world, caught and filmed over 50 species of fresh and salt-water fish in my life. When it comes to judging or classifying the qualities of any fishing stream which I have fished, I know what I am talking about.
Weldon C. Cohick Jr.