Meadville Tribune

Outdoors

June 10, 2014

Volunteers set to boost Pymatuning fish habitat today; and your outdoors briefs for the week starting June 11

ESPYVILLE — The Pymatuning Lake Association seeks able-bodied volunteers to help with the construction of “cribs” today.

The porcupine cribs are constructed in a pyramid shape with an open interior for protection of small fish and hatched fry. This year, the association will build 150 structures, a 50 percent increase from past years.

Cribs need to be assembled along with skid rails and cement blocks. A briefing will be held at 8 a.m. Assembly takes place at 8:15 a.m. at Pymatuning State Park, Tuttle Campground Boat Launch, Espyville.

After assembly, the cribs are loaded onto specially designed pontoon boats to be submerged in Pymatuning Lake waters. The park officials will make note of the coordinates of the cribs, which will be posted on the Internet at a later date.

The following day, park officials will install rubble to complete the association’s habitat projects for 2014.

Gloves, lunch and drinks are provided for all volunteers. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear; no open-toed shoes.

The Pymatuning Lake Association was founded in 1945 to help improve and promote the Pymatuning Lake Area. The Habitat Fund has helped to make many improvements to the lake area over the year.

n More information: Contact Joel Brown, Pymatuning Lake Association president, at (724) 927-9493 or PymaLakeAssoc@windstream.net.

GUYS MILLS — As part of the 2014 Refuge Summer Fest, the Friends of the Erie National Wildlife Refuge, 11296 Wood Duck Lane, are again sponsoring a “Trash to Treasure” contest. The competition involves reworking items that would normally be recycled or discarded into either useful or artistic creations.

Cash prizes are awarded in four age groups — 8 and under, 9 to 12, 13 to 16 and 17 and older. The entry deadline is Friday. Winners are announced at the Summer Fest on June 28.

n More information and contest rules: Call 789-3585.

BLACK ASH — Black Ash Sportsman Club hosts an NRA Rimfire Silhouette Match on Saturday. Shooting begins at 9 a.m. Black Ash Sportsman Club is located on Clark Road, just off Route 27 approximately 12 miles from both Meadville and Titusville.

n More information: Contact Carl Pelino at 333-6533 or silhouette@blackashsportsman.org.

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