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January 15, 2014

Outdoors news briefs and events for the week starting Jan. 15

ERIE — Democratic Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has called for a public meeting to be held in Erie to discuss options for combating invasive Asian Carp.

Casey’s request for further measures to prevent the spread of Asian Carp follows the release of a report from the Army Corps of Engineers concerning methods to combat Asian carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes. The Army Corps’ proposals for projects that could stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes are not yet developed enough to allow work on those projects to begin.

“Combating Asian Carp is important to northwestern Pennsylvania’s economy,” Casey said. “I’m hopeful that a public meeting to discuss the options will help the Army Corps to quickly put in place a comprehensive, effective plan. Getting this right will protect the region’s tourism industry and play a substantial role in future economic growth.”

Casey previously sent a letter in November to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, urging the agency to expedite the development of a plan to combat Asian Carp in the Great Lakes. In a letter that was joined by 15 other senators, Casey urged the Army Corps to swiftly develop and implement a comprehensive plan to combat Asian Carp when the Corps releases its feasibility study on the transfer of invasive aquatic species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins by this month.

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Springs Rod & Gun Club is holding a spring raffle with 31 items. Ticket numbers are based on the Pennsylvania evening daily number from May 1 to 31. Each ticket can win more than once.

Tickets are available at Edinboro Outdoors, Hendrickson’s True Value, Fink Tire, Bausch’s Gulf Service Station and John’s Barber Shop.

WOODCOCK TOWNSHIP — The Crawford County Conservation District holds environmental education programs in January and February at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center, 21742 German Road.

January events include:

“House Plants” today from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bertha Mesarch of Penn State Master Gardeners will show everyone how to successfully grow their own house plants. Find out how they can be beneficial in many ways.

“Painting with Soil” on Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Limited to the first 18 registrants. Kathy Uglow of the Crawford County Conservation District demonstrates how to use soil as a painting medium. Participants can create their own unique masterpiece.

“Winter Wildlife Adaptations” on Jan. 30 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Shayne Hoachlander, Land Management Group supervisor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will tell everyone what kinds of adaptations wildlife undergo for winter.

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