Open paddle planned
Country Ski & Sports in Montoursville is organizing an open paddle at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week and through the season. The event is not a class. It will meet at the Greevy boat launch.
For more information, call the store.
Meeting set on proposal to reduce no-wake zone
SUNBURY - The state Fish and Boat Commission will hold a public meeting to discuss a proposed reduction to a slow, no-wake zone near Packer's Island on the Susquehanna River near here.
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Pavilion No. 3 at Shikellamy State Park in Northumberland County.
At its spring quarterly meeting, the agency proposed reducing the slow, no-wake zone near the park's boat launch on the south side of Packer's Island as a way to improve boating in the area.
The no-wake zone currently extends 1/3-mile upstream from the state park boat launch. The proposed change would reduce it to 200 feet above the Route 147 Bridge, a reduction of about 700 feet.
"The lengthy nature of this control zone results in boater confusion and unnecessarily inhibits use of a significant segment of the boating pool in this area," said Laurel Anders, director of the Bureau of Boating and Outreach. "The shortened control zone still provides important protection to boaters and shoreline property in the vicinity of the state park boat launch and around the bridge piers."
The proposed amendment is open for public comment. Interested individuals may submit comments at the meeting or through the agency's website.
Conservancy hosts public 'field days'
Eroding streams are problems for landowners who watch their yard shrink, farmers who see their fields wash away and municipalities that have problems with bridges and culverts with each storm. The soil washed away during rain events decreases production, silts up the water and stream bed, damaging the aquatic habitat, diminishing the ecological functioning of the stream, and reducing the recreational attributes of the stream.
For most of these problems, there is a solution that will stabilize the stream bank and increase the aquatic habitat. The techniques, in use by the state Fish and Boat Commission for over 60 years, use log and stone deflectors, and stone-filled lob cribbing to protect banks and redirect streamflows.
The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy and its partners are offering a series of "field days" in which the public can get more information and see various projects firsthand.
Field days will be held:
Aug. 5 for state and county agencies;
Aug. 6 for farmers;
Aug. 7 for conservation organizations, municipalities and landowners; and
Aug. 8, open to anyone.
Tours will offered at Turtle Creek in Union County, where the conservancy is working with several private landowners to stabilize the stream bank, increase aquatic habitat and fence livestock from the stream. The active construction site shows sections of stream that still have eroding banks and sections where multi-log deflectors and mudsills have been installed.
Participants can can talk with the designers and installers about the techniques, how they are permitted, and where there might be partnering opportunities for funding.
All four days involve tours from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.
Registration is not required but will help with planning. To register, email email@example.com or call 570-323-6222 and include your name and a daytime contact number.
Register for West Branch Susquehanna Sojourn
Aug. 6 is the last day to register for the West Branch Susquehanna Sojourn, a 64-mile exploration of the Susquehanna River and nearby trails. Scheduled for Aug. 13-17, the sojourn begins in Renovo and ends in Jersey Shore.
The five-day educational canoe, kayak and bicycle trip will give participants a unique look at life along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Along the way, local experts will share information on the area's history, wildlife and conservation efforts.
The final sojourn day, Aug. 17, will be a bicycle trip along the Pine Creek Rail Trail, which was voted as one of the "10 great places to take a bike tour" by USA Today. Bring your own bike and helmet, or request a loaner adult bike.
Full sojourn registration includes:
On-water guide service from Canoe Susquehanna
Safety and insurance
Shuttles and gear truck service
Scheduled programs and entertainment
Full registration is $285 for adults and $144 for kids 12 and under. Partial registration is $65 per day for adults and $33 per day for kids 12 and under.
Take a moonlight ramble at Montour Preserve
WASHINGTONVILLE - Staff at PPL's Montour Environmental Preserve will hold a walk from twilight to moonlight (7:30 to 9 p.m.) Aug. 8. It will be an exploration of daylight and nocturnal creatures, as well as those that are active in the time between.
The group will discuss birds, mammals, insects and maybe even some things that go bump in the night. They'll also take a look at the nearly full moon and share some moon tales. The walk will be at an easy pace. Comfortable closed-toe shoes are suggested.
The free program will meet at the Environmental Education Center. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select Montour, and then click on Contacts and Directions. For more information, contact the preserve at 570-437-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bass tournament scheduled
SUNBURY - The Pennsylvania Bass Nation will hold an adult and youth Open Buddy Tournament on Aug. 24 at Shikellamy State Park.
Check-in and boat checks begin at 4:30 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at 2:30 p.m.
A team will consist of an adult 18 years or older and a minor 17 years and younger. Launch order will go by the date that entries were postmarked.
Plaques and prizes will be given out to the first-, second- and third-lace teams. The team that catches the biggest bass will receive fishing-related prizes.
An entry fee will be charged per team.
All applications must be postmarked by Aug. 11.
For rules and information, contact Ernie Watkins, youth director, at 717-315-8951 or email@example.com.
View Perseid meteor shower at Rider Park
WARRENSVILLE - Dr. Richard Erickson, associate professor of astronomy and physics, will be the guest speaker on Aug. 11, when Rider Park hosts a viewing of the Perseid meteor shower.
Space is limited, and interested attendees must register in advance. To register, visit the park's website, www.RiderPark.org.
If clear skies prevail, the event is planned for 9:30 p.m. to midnight.
Guests should arrive between 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. and should bring lawn chairs, blankets and flashlights.
For more information, call the event sponsor's, the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, at 570-321-1500.
Group plans canoe, kayak races
The local chapter of PACK (Pennsylvania Canoe and Kayak) will hold several canoe and kayak races in the area this summer. Events include:
Aug. 11-17 - United States Canoe and Kayak Nationals Race at Woodward Boat Launch, Lock Haven
Oct. 5 - PACK Fall Foliage in Castanea
Channel catfish tournament planned
LINDEN - Big Al's 16th annual Channel Cat Tournament will be held in August, and teams must sign up from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the boat ramp in Linden.
Fishing is permitted anywhere in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and its tributaries but not in ponds.
Two-man teams may sign up for $50 per team. They are limited to five fish, which must be kept in live condition on ice. All rules of the state Fish and Boat Commission apply.
Weigh-in will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Linden boat ramp.
For more information, call Big Al DiMassimo at 570-971-0681.
Hunter-trapper education classes set
MUNCY VALLEY - Free hunter-trapper education classes will be held at the North Mountain Sportsmen's Association Club on the following dates:
6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16
Independent study classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 3.
Individuals who are at least 11 years old may register on the state Game Commission website for any of these classes. Attendance at the entire program is required to receive certification card.
For more information, call Rick Smith at 570-924-3072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers needed for local cleanup
Clinton County CleanScapes will hold a tire removal project Sept. 6 in either Bald Eagle Creek or West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Clinton County.
For details, email Project Director Elisabeth Lynch McCoy at email@example.com or call her at 570-726-3511; or call Rich Best, of Sunken Treasure Scuba Center, at 570-398-1458.
4x4 club announces benefit ride
RANSHAW - Eagle Valley Off Roaders will hold its fourth annual Wheelin' 4 Wishes benefit ride from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, 4100 Route 125, Coal Township.
The event, open to all makes and models of 4x4s, is a guided trail ride on the east and west property of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area.
The ride was started three years ago by a high-school-age member of the Eagle Valley Off Roaders, a family-based, non-profit, four-wheel drive club, as part of a senior project. The proceeds benefit the Make-A- Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
Registration will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Rigs will break into guided groups at 9, with a driver's meeting at 9:15.
Participants should pack a lunch, must wear seat belts and must sign a waiver.
For more information, email the Eagle Valley Off Roaders at Evor4x4@gmail.com.
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