Outdoors notebook: Westmoreland stream benefits from volunteer labor
By Bob Frye
Published: Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, 5:56 p.m.
A Westmoreland County trout stream is in better shape these days thanks to the efforts of volunteers.
Members of Tubmill Trout Club partnered with volunteers from GenOn Corp. to install erosion controls and improve fish habitat on Hendricks Creek. Fifty hemlock logs 30 to 35 feet in length and 660 tons of limestone boulders were put into the stream and along its banks.
Trout Club members did much of the initial work, said president Lin Gamble of New Florence. That included securing the cooperation of landowners along the stream.
GenOn ultimately footed the bill for the work — at a cost of between $70,000 and $90,000 — while supplying employees from its Seward and Conemaugh power plants.
“With smaller projects, the Trout Club kicks in volunteer labor, but this particular project has become as in past years GenOn's day,” Gamble said.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy procured the materials and scheduled the work. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission provided technical expertise with project design.
An effort to reclaim Pennsylvania land scarred by coal mining for the sake of wildlife has won national honors.
The Department of Environmental Protection and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation received the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's 2012 National Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Award for the Dents Run aquatic ecosystem restoration project in Benezette Township, Elk County.
The work, carried out on state game land 311, involved remediating dangerously steep highwalls, water impoundments, mine openings and hundreds of acres of barren, acidic mine spoil. The result was 320 acres of habitat for Pennsylvania's growing elk herd and a restored stream supporting wild trout.
In recognition of the growing diversity of the nation, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources created a Spanish-language version of its online hunter safety course. A Spanish-language classroom course is also in the works.
A 2010 Maryland state park survey found that nearly 1 percent of visitors said Spanish was their preferred language.
Wayne N. Long II claimed to have bagged a state record non-typical whitetail while hunting on property belonging to a family friend in New York. It scored 220, exceeding the state record of 2104⁄8.
The problem is that state Department of Environmental Conservation officials determined Long shot the buck on a deer farm. He got a citation rather than a record.
Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-838-5148.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Kovacevic: Bylsma’s moves — yes, moves — pay off
- Physical Columbus team is a hit in playoff opener against Penguins
- Penguins rally to escape with a victory in Game 1 against Columbus
- Former Apollo Police Chief Breznican scheduled for release from Armstrong County Jail
- At least three people dead in Armstrong County crash
- Obama hopes to replicate CCAC job training efforts across United States
- Police see no sign Franklin Regional stabbing suspect was bullied
- `Women Build’ tackles two Armstrong Habitat projects
- 2 serious in New Ken stabbings
- Play of the game: Sutter’s goal completes rally
- Apollo Earth Day Dash to benefit trail expansion