The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 13, 2013

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Seedlings for Schools

School students across the state are getting help from the Pa. Game Commission again this year in learning about critical role of trees through the Seedlings for Schools program.

“Seedlings for Schools has become a great way to get Pennsylvania’s youth interested or more engaged in doing something beneficial for wildlife and the environment,” said Carl Roe, who is the Commission’s executive director.

This program augments classroom learning by encouraging students to plant a variety of tree seedlings at their homes, on their school’s property or in their communities. Last year seedlings were shipped to 569 schools and more than 100,000 students participated. A whopping 124,375 tree seedlings were planted last year alone. Classes that want to participate have until March 29 to get in their orders. To order seedlings for your school or to have your questions answered, please visit and click on the Seedlings for Schools link. There is no charge to schools and the seedlings are provided by the Commission’s Howard Nursery in Centre County. The seedlings will be delivered at the end of April in bundles of 25.

Geo-caching and potluck

Just a reminder that a program on GPS basics and the hobby of geo-caching will be presented at the Environmental Center at the R.B. Winter State Park tomorrow and again Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m.

The annual volunteer potluck dinner and awards program is March 22 at 6 p.m. You need to pre-register for these events by calling the park staff at 966-1455.

Stocking schedule

The county-by-county trout stocking schedule is posted on the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission’s website:

This year the commission plans to stock about 3.2 million adult trout in 735 streams and 123 lakes that are open for public angling.

By species, this stocking will be about 1.84 million rainbow; 836,000 brown; and 509,000 brook trout, all with an average size of 11 inches in length.

As a bonus, the commission is planning to stock about 8,500 trophy golden rainbow trout that weigh an average of 1.5 pounds and measure at least 14 inches.

A little over half of the trout will be stocked prior to the opening days with the rest going into streams and lakes between the opening days and Memorial Day.

Cooperative nurseries such as the one run by the Union County Sportsmen’s Club will add a total of another 1 million trout to waters close to them.

The 2013 season opens March 30 in 18 southeastern counties including Dauphin and Perry Counties; for the rest of the state the first day is April 13.

Sneak peek

Bryce Snyder, a world-class nature photographer, is again this donating a print that will be available at Trout Unlimited-R.B. Winter Chapter banquet that will be held on March 22. You can get a sneak peek at this print by visiting the Elk Creek Café in Millheim through Sunday.

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