"The creation of an entire forest is in one acorn."
Carl G. Rowe announced earlier this week that he will retire from his position as executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission this coming January. Upon his retirement, Roe will have captained the Game Commission ship for over eight years.
His tenure will be noted for its relative calm. Over the decades that he worked as a career Wildlife Conservation Officer rising through the ranks to the top of the heap, he's left his fingerprints on some excellent efforts. For me, two of his accomplishments are real highlights. First, it was his guiding philosophy that Pennsylvanians need to understand that the Game Commission plays an integral role in the encounters that people have with wildlife. This was demonstrated through the "Connect with Wildlife" slogan that the commission used for several years.
Secondly, he can be credited as the man who implemented the Mentored Youth Hunting Program. This is a fine program that is already showing its impact on recruiting and retaining young people as our next generation of hunters and conservationists. Other accomplishments that Roe gets a tip-of-the-hat for, that are just as impressive, are the transition to an electronic hunting-license sales system, the expansion of bear season to four days, and, of course, the remarkable comeback of bald eagles in our state. Well done, good and faithful public servant.
If getting out without getting out is your thing, the 26th Annual 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals rolls into the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday. Thousands of 4X4 enthusiasts will be in town to show off their machines and to watch the Saturday Night Monster Truck Thunder Drag Races followed by a huge fireworks display. The event runs Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. through the fireworks; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 570-784-4949 or check out the web site at www.4wheeljamboree.com.