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November 7, 2013

Here are area outdoors news briefs for the week starting Nov. 6


MEADVILLE — HARRISBURG — Discussion on whether state game, fish and natural resources commissions will maintain the ability to declare a species endangered or threatened takes place Thursday at 10 a.m. during a news conference at the Capitol Media Center.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway and state Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe will be among the officials who join state Rep. Greg Vitali, Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, to discuss their opposition to H.B. 1576. If the bill passes, it will take the ability to declare a species endangered or threatened from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission or Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and would transfer the decision-making process to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the Legislature. IRCC is made up of five members, two each appointed by the legislative caucuses and one by the governor.

The bill also would require that any species currently listed as threatened or endangered go through the IRRC process and the legislature within two years of the legislation being enacted to justify its continued designation.

The news conference is being held in advance of a vote on the bill by the House Game and Fisheries Committee. The vote is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 13.

GUYS MILLS — Friends of the Erie National Wildlife Refuge host an “Owl Prowl” on Saturday and Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the Refuge Headquarters Building, 11296 Wood Duck Lane, for an educational program on owls, which will be held rain or shine, and then they will venture out into the woods. Participants may hear from a great horned or barred owl, the most common species of owls known to nest on the Erie National Wildlife Refuge.

The program is free and open to the public. The size of the group is limited, so pre-registration is a must.

More information or reservations: Call 789-3585.

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