Meadville Tribune

Outdoors

January 29, 2014

Here are outdoors news and activities notes for the week beginning Jan. 29

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is encouraging anglers to vote online by Friday for their favorite color for a new series of fishing license buttons that will be available beginning in March.

“The buttons for this first year will be in the color which receives the highest number of votes,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Brought back by popular demand, this custom button is similar to the buttons offered by the PFBC in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and again in 1974 and 1975.

Each custom button will measure 1 3/4 inches (same as past, vintage buttons) with a high-quality pin-back design and feature the angler's customer identification number (CID), same as the number displayed on a paper license.

Anglers need to display only the button when fishing, as long as they are carrying a valid paper license. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014-PA-Fishing-License-Button to vote.

HARRISBURG — Redbank Valley Trails in Armstrong, Clarion and Jefferson counties is has been named the 2014 Trail of the Year in Pennsylvania by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

 This new designation is coordinated by DCNR’s Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee to elevate public awareness of the thousands of miles of trails available for public enjoyment in Pennsylvania.

 “Redbank Valley Trails stood out because of the dedicated work of tremendous volunteers; its scenic beauty; connection to other trail systems; and quick and efficient pace of development,” said DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti.

 Much of the 51-mile Redbank Valley Trails runs along Redbank Creek and includes many bridges and beautiful stone arches.  The trail connects schools, soccer fields and rural areas to commercial and residential centers.

WARREN COUNTY — For nature lovers interested in seeing American bald eagles in the wild, there is a great opportunity to do so on Eagle Watch Day, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kinzua Dam in Warren County.

When the cold expanse of Allegheny Reservoir behind the dam freezes over and ice forms downstream in Allegheny River, the open tailwaters below the dam become prime fishing waters for eagles.

Three public areas of interest will be open for public viewing and learning about America’s national bird: Big Bend Visitor Center, Riverside Watchable Wildlife Trail and Viewing Platform (located along Allegheny River tailwaters), and Kinzua Dam roadway. Observation stations will be manned, and spotting scopes will be available to better observe the awesome eagles. People 18 years of age and older will be required to show identification to gain access to the roadway at the dam.

This recreational, observational and educational program is free to the public.

- More information: Call Lauser at (814) 726-0661; or Bill Massa of the Allegheny Outdoor Club at (814) 723-2568.

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    The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is encouraging anglers to vote online by Friday for their favorite color for a new series of fishing license buttons that will be available beginning in March.
    “The buttons for this first year will be in the color which receives the highest number of votes,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Brought back by popular demand, this custom button is similar to the buttons offered by the PFBC in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and again in 1974 and 1975.
    Each custom button will measure 1 3/4 inches (same as past, vintage buttons) with a high-quality pin-back design and feature the angler's customer identification number (CID), same as the number displayed on a paper license.
    Anglers need to display only the button when fishing, as long as they are carrying a valid paper license. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014-PA-Fishing-License-Button to vote.

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