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DEP plans thorough investigation into Marcellus shale well blowout in Clearfield County

Harrisburg — Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said today that his agency intends to investigate aggressively the circumstances surrounding a blowout at a Marcellus Shale natural gas well in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County, and take the appropriate enforcement action. At approximately 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, the operators of the well, which is owned by EOG Resources, Inc.,…

Updated planning guide available for junior pheasant hunt

Harrisburg — While Pennsylvania’s junior pheasant hunt seems like a long way off, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe noted that now is the time for hunting clubs to make plans to host an organized junior pheasant hunt. “The future of hunting is directly related to the continuing participation of young Pennsylvanians,” Roe noted. “The goal is to…

2010-11 Hunting/Furtaker licenses to go on sale June 14

Harrisburg — Beginning Monday, June 14, Pennsylvania hunting and furtaker licenses for the 2010-11 seasons will go on sale throughout the state, according to Carl G. Roe, agency executive director.  Licenses will be available through the Game Commission’s Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS), over-the-counter at all Game Commission region offices and the Harrisburg headquarters, as well as the more than 600…

Game Commission region boundry change impacts York County

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe today announced that York County residents who need to contact one of the agency’s three full-time Wildlife Conservation Officers should direct their inquiries to the Southcentral Region Office, headquartered in Huntingdon, Huntingdon County.  Calls for WCO services would include those seeking to report a hunting or trapping violations or violations against wildlife,…

DCNR says grants available to protect non-game species

Harrisburg -– In its ongoing mission to protect Pennsylvania’s native biodiversity, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Wild Resource Conservation Program again is accepting applications for grants to protect the state’s non-game animals, native plants and their habitats. This year the program is soliciting grant applications in four areas: identifying species and natural communities at risk from climate change;…

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission to host smallmouth bass public meetings

Bellefonte, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is hosting a series of regional public meetings. The purpose is to gather comments from anglers on smallmouth bass management in the Susquehanna River and its major tributaries. All anglers are encouraged to attend. Working in small groups, attendees will be asked a series of questions on smallmouth bass regulations….

No doubt now: Atrazine herbicide hurts fish reproduction

Reston, Va. — Atrazine, one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world, has been shown to affect reproduction of fish, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. “Concentrations of atrazine commonly found in agricultural streams and rivers caused reduced reproduction and spawning, as well as tissue abnormalities in laboratory studies with fish,” said USGS scientist Donald Tillitt,…

Seedlings for schools program hits major growth spurt

State College, Pa. — More than a thousand schools across Pennsylvania this spring received seedlings through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Seedlings for Schools program. Most of the seedlings, which shipped from the commission’s Howard Nursery in Centre County in time for Arbor Day, were part of the Seedlings for Your Class component of the program aimed primarily at third grade…

Game Commission to begin accepting landowner applications for DMAP

Harrisburg — Landowners looking to enroll in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP), which is designed to help landowners manage deer on their properties, have until June 12 to mail an application to the appropriate Game Commission Region Office.    Applications will be accepted by U.S. mail only, as postmarks will be required to establish processing priorities. In…

Wildlife for Everyone partners at Pymatuning

State College, Pa. — Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area – a place synonymous with some of the best waterfowl hunting and waterfowl watching that Pennsylvania has to offer – needs some touch-up. Soon after the 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir was created in northwestern Pennsylvania in 1935, ducks and geese began using the wetlands around it for critical nesting grounds and migration stopover….

PGC, State College Spikes baseball team announce two-for-one deal

Harrisburg — Coupling two of America’s favorite pastimes – baseball and hunting -– Pennsylvania Game Commission and the State College Spikes officials today announced that fans who bring their 2010-11 Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker license to the Medlar Field at Lubrano Park Box Office will receive one free outfield bleacher ticket with the purchase of a full-price outfield bleacher ticket….

PGC unveils land deals at recent meeting

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission announed five land actions the agency has made recently at its recent quarterly meeting here: Board enables greater flexibility to purchase land  To enable Pennsylvania Game Commission staff to act expeditiously to acquire lands, waters, oil, gas and minerals rights, the Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a regulatory change to…

Live bluebird nesting box camera offers glimpse into active nest

Harrisburg — In an effort to garner appreciation for wildlife, especially the state’s bluebird population, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s webcasting of a live video feed from a bluebird nestbox on the grounds of its Harrisburg Headquarters now is providing a glimpse into an active nest.  To view the live feed, visit the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and click on the “Bluebird Nestbox…

Pa. Game Commission posts agenda for April meeting on its Web site

Harrisburg — The agenda for the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners’ meeting, which is slated for April 19-20, was recently posted on the agency’s Web site (www.pgc.state.pa.us, and can be viewed by clicking the “Next Commissioners’ Meeting” box in the center of the homepage and then on the agenda link at the bottom of the page. The board meeting will be…

PGC, minor league baseball team announce ticket discount for sportsmen

Harrisburg — Coupling two of America’s favorite pastimes – baseball and hunting – the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Altoona Curve AA Baseball officials recently announced that fans who bring their current Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker license to any Wednesday home game will earn a $1 discount on grandstand tickets.   This offer will start with the April 14 game against the Richmond…

Two charged in two-day poaching spree in Westmoreland County

Harrisburg — A two-day poaching spree in early December that resulted in at least eight dead deer has been resolved with guilty pleas by two Westmoreland County men.  Ryan Simonds, 20, of Derry, and Garrett McConnell, 19, of New Alexandria, pleaded guilty to charges filed at District Judge Mark Bilik’s office in Bradenville, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  Each…

West Virginia woman guilty of poaching in Washington County, Pa.

Harrisburg — Trishelle Barish, 22, of Weirton, W. Va., recently pled guilty to 10 charges related to a poaching incident in mid-January in Hanover Township, Washington County, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Barish pled guilty to six counts of unlawful use of lights while hunting; one count of resisting or interfering with an officer; one count of damage to property;…

Little endangered things tell the real story about the Chesapeake region

“Bald Eagle To Be Removed From Maryland’s Threatened List (Associated Press, Jan. 21).” It was the news, but not the real story. We’ll always be eagle-centric, attentive to the “charismatic megafauna,” like eagles and elephants, whales and sad-eyed seal pups. But read beyond the tidings of our national symbol’s comeback from endangerment. Maryland also took action on dozens of other…

Pennsylvania groundwater recharge information available in user-friendly report

Harrisburg – The month of April is known for rain showers, but a new Pennsylvania Geological Survey report says that the state’s groundwater actually recharges the most during March. The report, “Summary of Groundwater-Recharge Estimates for Pennsylvania,” was done in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey and is available on the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Web site at…

Schmit to retire from Game Commission after 35 years

Harrisburg — With 35 years of service to the Commonwealth’s wildlife and hunters and trappers, Pennsylvania Game Commission Deputy Executive Director Michael W. Schmit will retire April 16, and, according to the agency’s current director, leave enormous shoes to fill. “You cannot replace a ‘Mike Schmit,’” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “His knowledge and experience in the Game…

Coldwater Heritage Partnership supporting grassroots work to conserve state’s valuable coldwater streams, trout fisheries

Harrisburg — A cooperative partnership is helping local organizations across the state protect and conserve Pennsylvania’s coldwater stream habitats —waterways that are critical to the health of the state’s wild trout fisheries. The Coldwater Heritage Partnership—which includes the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds—recently provided more…