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Week of April 4, 2016

150th Anniversary of the PA Fish and Boat Commission
I was happy to cosponsor Senate Resolution 314, honoring the PA Fish & Boat Commission’s (PFBC) 150th anniversary, which was founded on March 30, 1866.  Pennsylvania’s aquatic resources are extensive, with more than 86,000 miles of streams, nearly 4,000 lakes, ponds and reservoirs, and over 404,000 acres of wetlands. 

According to a PFBC press release, “The origins of the PFBC date to 1866 when a convention was held in Harrisburg to investigate water pollution being caused by the wholesale logging of Pennsylvania’s forests and the impacts caused by sedimentation of mountain lakes and streams. There were also serious concerns about the reduction of American Shad runs in the Susquehanna River. This discussion resulted in Governor Andrew Curtin signing into law Act of March 30, 1866 (P.L. 370, No. 336), which named James Worrall Pennsylvania’s first Commissioner of Fisheries.

In 1925, Act 1925-263 established the Board of Fish Commissioners. Then, in 1949, Act 1949-180 officially established the Pennsylvania Fish Commission as an agency and described its powers and duties. The Commission appointed Charles A. French as its first executive director in 1949, and in 1991 under Act 1991-39, the Pennsylvania Fish Commission became the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.”

Prescribed Burns Planned for State Game Lands in Southeast Region
The PA Game Commission plans to conduct the following prescribed burns on State Game Lands in the Southeast Region between March 30 and June 30, conditions permitting.  The prescribed burns are designed to improve forest and wildlife habitat:  reducing competing tree species and promoting oak seedling growth. 

Note:  The prescribed burns in red are located in the 48th Senatorial District
SGL 211, Dauphin County
Middle Paxton & East Hanover Twp. – Sharp Mountain East Burn – 1,749 acres
Middle Paxton Twp. – White Oak Burn – Unit 1 – 106 acres
Middle Paxton Twp. – Third Mountain Burn – 220 acres
Middle Paxton Twp. – Wild Turkey East & West Burn – 137 acres
SGL 264, Dauphin County
Wiconisco Twp. – Big Lick Burn – Unit 2 – 181 acres
SGL 210, Dauphin County
Jefferson Twp. – Nine O’Clock Run Burn – 1,183 acres
SGL 80, Lebanon County
Swatara & Bethel Twps. – Monroe Valley Burn – Unit 1 – 476 acres
SGL 156, Lebanon County
South Lebanon Twp. – Lead Line Burn – 215 acres
SGL 110, Schuylkill County
Wayne Twp. – Bear Creek Burn – 623 acres
SGL 326, Schuylkill County
Blythe Twp. – Wolf Mill Burn – Unit 4 – 248 acres
SGL 217, Schuylkill County
West Penn Twp. – Baer Rocks Burn – Unit 2 – 138 acres
SGL 181, York County
Lower Chanceford Twp. – Oakland Run Burn – Unit 1 & 2 – 122 acres
Specific details about each prescribed burn can be viewed here.

Bill Signed into Law by the Governor
House Bill 1296 – Act 10 – authorizes local government investments.

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