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Flawed concept may set back market-based rescue of Chesapeake Bay

Bills in Congress, some state agencies, and some environmental advocates are promoting a program of buying and selling pollution credits as a way to have regulated polluters pay unregulated farmers hundreds of millions of dollars every year to install practices that reduce nutrient runoff from their farms — the main source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay. Advocates for this…

PGC ‘disappointed’ with legislative resources audit

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today issued the following statement on the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee’s audit titled “Examination of Current and Future Costs and Revenues from Forest Products, Oil, Gas and Mineral Extraction on Pennsylvania Game Commission Lands.” “I have to say that I was disappointed in the report, and we have major…

Lake Erie frozen for first time in 14 years

According AccuWeather.com, following a cold snap in the Northeast, Lake Erie’s surface is virtually frozen over for the first time in about 14 years. The ice ranges in thickness between paper thin along the northern shore and several inches along the southern shore, where many people are ice skating. GoErie.com reports that the lake hasn’t completely frozen since the winter…

Commissioner picks still remain an issue

Jeff Mulhollem Game and fish commissioner appointments have been controversial for a century. Today, with deer-management and trout-stocking issues at the forefront of sportsmen debate, that is likely more true than ever. “If Jesus Christ himself were nominating commissioner candidates, there would still be people unhappy with his selections,” says Robb Miller, adviser to Gov. Ed Rendell for hunting, fishing…

Huge Pa. coyotes have us pondering wolves

Coyotes of about 50 pounds are not unheard of in Pennsylvania, but to hear that three were just taken in the recent Mosquito Creek Coyote Hunt is an eye-opener. In case you missed it, it was established by a study conducted a few years ago in Massachusetts and Ontario that Eastern coyotes are a hybrid resulting from wolves breeding with…