- As ice forms on most of our New York waters this season, it is important to be aware of ice safety. A general rule is to make sure there is a minimum of three to four inches of solid ice before venturing out to your ice fishing location. Some safety measures to follow are: use a spud and check ice thickness as you walk out, fish with a buddy, and bring a rope and ice-picks. Lastly, use your best judgment when deciding to go out as ice conditions can change daily. Find out the conditions in an area near you by calling our fishing hotline numbers or reviewing weekly fishing reports found at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/fishhotlines.html.
I have decide that I will be posting every day in this year of 2011
I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog once a day for all of 2011.
I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.
If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.
John J Dwyer Jr
"Wild on the Fly" begins a 13-episode high-definition television series the Outdoor Channel on January 1, 2011. Each episode of "Wild On The Fly" will air three times a week – 9:00am Thursday, 6:00pm Friday, and 1:30pm Saturday (EST). The series includes shows set in Alaska, Argentina, Mexico, and Mongolia and starts New Year’s Day with a focus on the waters around Missoula, Montana. From the press release: "Each episode ends with an in-depth discussion of gear and clothing hosted by Grizzly Hackle owner and show Co-Producer Dan Shepherd. ‘We take a look at what is really needed for each particular destination and provide anglers with the necessary gear, clothing and flies to fish anywhere on the planet.’"
CONTACT: Environmental Groups
Deborah Goldberg, Earthjustice, (212) 791-1881, ext. 227
Jeff Schmidt, Sierra Club, (717) 232-0101
Barbara Arindell, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, (570) 729-8687
Anne Harris Katz, Coalition for Responsible Growth and Resource Conservation, (570) 433-4681
Groups Move to Intervene in PA Pipeline Project
Project comes as region grapples with rushed, irresponsible gas drilling
WASHINGTON – December 21 – Pennsylvania groups are seeking to intervene in a proceeding before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has been asked to expedite approval of a proposed pipeline that would cut through portions of northeastern Pennsylvania. The groups are calling on federal regulators to thoroughly review the cumulative environmental impacts of the project before any decision is made.
The 39-mile pipeline, known as the MARC I Hub Line Project, would be built and operated by the Central New York Oil and Gas Company. It would run through Bradford, Sullivan, and Lycoming Counties in Pennsylvania, crossing pristine drinking water sources and fishing streams in the Endless Mountains, disturbing some 610 acres and leaving 238 acres permanently altered. The groups argue that the project would spur gas drilling in a previously undeveloped portion of the state, bringing with it threats to public health and the environment that have yet to be thoroughly analyzed.
The pipeline proposal comes as other parts of the state struggle with an explosive rate of gas drilling and an outbreak of industrial accidents and pollution related to rushed and irresponsible development. Unlike New York, Pennsylvania has allowed shale gas development and infrastructure construction to proceed without any comprehensive environmental analysis.
The non-profit environmental law firm Earthjustice filed a motion to intervene in the proceedings on behalf of Sierra Club, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, and the Lycoming County-based Coalition for Responsible Growth and Resource Conservation.
The following is a statement from Earthjustice attorney Deborah Goldberg:
"Pennsylvania rushed into developing the Marcellus Shale with no comprehensive review of the potential effects on public health or the environment. The State was unprepared for the drinking water contamination, air pollution, and dangerous accidents that came with the frantic pace of drilling. It’s time to stop scrambling to respond to crises and instead to prevent them in the first place. That’s exactly what we’re asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to do, and why we’re asking it to give impacted communities a seat at the table as it reviews the project. This proposed pipeline is just one of many inter-related gas development and infrastructure projects that industry wants to build in sensitive watersheds and forest ecosystems throughout the Marcellus region. Before federal regulators jump to approve this project, the law requires that they examine it in its larger context."
Fly fishing felt the loss of many fine and interesting people in 2010.
Charlie Meyers, long-time outdoors editor for The Denver Post and an institution in Rocky Mountain fishing, hunting and skiing journalism, died in early January.
Knox Burger, John Gierach’s first agent and editor of some of John McDonald’s classic Travis McGee novels, also died in January.
Dick Finlay, a long-time Orvis employee who also worked for Fly Fisherman magazine and helped start the American Museum of Fly Fishing, also died in January.
Frank Bertaina died in March. Frank was a pitcher for the 1966 World Series Champions Orioles and went on to partner with Bob Nauheim in travel company Fishing International.
Skiff pioneer Bob Hewes died in June. Hewes’s lifelong commitment to building "fishy skiff" changed the world of saltwater fly fishing.
Ed Koch, author of Fishing the Midge and of Basic Fly Tying with Norm Shires, died in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in July.
Fly fishing photographer Richard Schaaff, who took up his art only in middle age but whose images were admired by many, died in November.
Tom Helgeson, publisher and editor of the popular "Midwest Fly Fishing" magazine and founder of the Minneapolis/Chicago Great Waters Expos, died in November. Tom was an ardent conservationist, a caring teacher, and a gifted writer.
Russia fishing pioneer Bill Davies, who was largely responsible for opening Russian salmon fishing to western anglers, died in early December.
Casting expert Cliff Netherton died in December at the age of 100 after a life-long association with competition casting.
Power and justice
By PETER COMSTOCK
“Civilization rests on a set of promises; if the promises are broken too often, the civilization dies, no matter how rich it may be, or how mechanically clever. Hope and faith depend on the promises; if hope and faith go, everything goes.” (Herbert Agar).
Last winter, our family business, a school in Glen Spey, notified our town that we intended to build a two-story classroom addition. Over time, we were compelled to hire three engineers costing $20,000 to study soils, septic discharge, runoff into streams, parking capacity, fire safety and health issues.
Though not elated, we assured the town of our understanding for the need to protect human and environmental health. Until our cumulative impact study was completed, however, we could not drive a single nail, in effect a six-month delay, or moratorium—for a simple building addition.
Another project, somewhat larger than mine, could have impacts accumulating over 30,000 sites totaling 120,000 acres requiring 30 million truck trips for the transport of 270 billion gallons of water to which two billion gallons of toxic chemicals would be added before injection underground.
The project, of course, is gas drilling, and the impacts are either entirely exempt from any rules or so under-regulated that Bradford County, PA Conservation District Manager, Mike Lovegreen, says he must sit by in disbelief as trucks hauling contaminated water ply his rural roads without written manifests detailing the nature, gallonage, or the destination of their poisonous cargo.
Why an entire industry routinely receives such exemptions can be explained with terms like “Halliburton loophole” which by now we can all spell backwards. But this privilege flows from another far more sinister concept—national sacrifice zones. Absent protection under the law, the Navajo with lung cancer from uranium mining, West Virginians with liver disorders from coal slurry and Texans sucking benzene are now joined by counties in Pennsylvania, which district manager Lovegreen wanly refers to as “throw away zones.”
A government-corporate coziness legitimizes de facto tyranny over the ability of whole peoples to control their own destinies and to enjoy the fruits of our democracy—including` the redress of grievances. Are we to become the next sacrifice zone? The gas industry is banking on a growing fatalism that kills hope and asks us to forget that our leaders have ever promised to protect us from such dangers, by intoning the presence of forces over which we have no control.
If my town (Lumberland) is so concerned that the environment of Glen Spey not be sacrificed through unchecked development of local businesses with roots in the community, should it not be far more concerned with the encroachment of a large scale and potentially dangerous industry partially or wholly owned by foreign entities?
Guess what? Lumberland is! So too is the Town of Highland, both throwing off the mantle of weakness and now leading the region in seeking ways to challenge the authority of the state to pre-empt community decision-making, and, in so doing, restoring the promises—and our faith in democracy. Stay tuned.
[Peter Comstock, head of The Homestead School, is a founder of Lumberland Concerned Citizens, which collaborated with its town on the recent enactment of home rule and gas drilling moratorium resolutions.]
Posted in Uncategorized on 12/17/2010 by mayfly18
- Share a Tale of An Outdoor Adventure!
Have a great story you’d like to share from your outdoor excursions? Enter DEC’s contest, “Great Stories from the Great Outdoors”(http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/69643.html) and share an inspirational tale of your glorious outdoor experiences for a chance to win a prize. Write about anything from a simple walk through the woods to an outdoor activity challenge. The contest is open to all and runs through February 28, 2011. Review the DEC press release (http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/70912.html) to find details on how to submit your noteworthy story.
Posted in Conservation Matters on 12/17/2010 by mayfly18
November 30, 2010 turned out to be a great day for Eddy Beers as he fished the St. Lawrence River with Bob Walters, a fishing guide from Clayton, NY. Eddy landed a 59 inch musky that unofficially tipped the scales around 56 pounds. The team attempted a live release, but unfortunately, the fish did not respond to resuscitation attempts and succumbed. This fish was most likely a female and at least 20 years of age. A world class fish for sure.
Read “Saving Muskies” below to learn how world class fish like this remain in the St. Lawrence River.
Although top-notch musky fishing is available on the St. Lawrence River today, muskellunge populations were in danger of collapse in the late 1960′s. At that time, the biology of the species was virtually unknown, and as a result, little was done to manage and protect them. In the 1980s, an international working group of researchers and managers from the DEC, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR), and SUNY ESF joined forces to form the Escoid Working Group. Efforts from this group led to a vast collection of information on muskellunge, which helped create consistent international regulations to effectively manage the species and its critical habitats. Additionally, “Save the River”, an environmental advocacy group, has been an instrumental partner with DEC in promoting a catch and release philosophy to anglers, which undoubtedly has led to improvements in the fishery. A tremendous amount of effort from many individuals has been invested into learning about, and restoring musky to its rightful place as “King of the St. Lawrence”.
Further information on muskellunge management and research initiatives (http://www.esf.edu/tibs/Documents/SLR%20Muskellunge%20Management%20Plan%20III.pdf) (PDF, 421 kb) may be found on the SUNY ESF web site.