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Mullery issues reminder on Outdoors Show

State Rep. Gerald Mullery reminds local outdoors enthusiasts that the Great American Outdoor Show, the largest sports and outdoors show in the country, will be held Feb. 1-9 in Harrisburg.

“Hunting, fishing and boating are an important part of Pennsylvania’s heritage and economy,” said Mullery, D-Newport Township. “Hunting alone generates nearly $1 billion every year for Pennsylvania’s economy. Having an outdoor show of this magnitude demonstrates just how important outdoors activities are to Pennsylvanians.”

Mullery, a member of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, said the event will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. It will feature nearly 1,100 exhibitors, including shooting manufacturers, outfitters, boats, RVs, and hunting and fishing retailers.

Mullery said complete information about the show can be found at www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org.

PGC board to discuss seasons

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its first quarterly meeting of 2014, from Jan. 26-28 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters.

On Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m., the commissioners will hear public recommendations for 2014-15 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits. Doors will open at noon. Individuals interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – may register beginning at noon on a first-come, first-to-speak basis.

On Monday, Jan. 27, the board will gather any additional public comments and hear Game Commission staff reports at 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Registration for those interested in offering public testimony – limited to five minutes – also will begin at that time.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 8:30 a.m., the board will take up its prepared agenda to give preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2014-15, and establish other meeting dates for the coming year, among other things. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.

Antlerless deer license allocations for the 2014-15 seasons will be presented for the board to consider at its meeting in April. Harvest results from the 2013-14 deer seasons will be announced in mid-March.

The agenda for the January meeting will be available in mid-January on the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us. From the “Quick Clicks” box running down the right side of the homepage, select “Commissioners’ Meeting January 26-28, 2014.” A link to the agenda will be posted on the page containing information about the meeting.

The Game Commission’s headquarters is located at 2001 Elmerton Avenue, just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81 in Harrisburg.

Those unable to attend the meeting can watch much of it from home. The meeting will be live-streamed on the Game Commission’s website beginning Monday morning, immediately following the conclusion of public comments. In addition, the full board meeting on Tuesday will be live-streamed beginning at 8:30 a.m.

An icon will be posted on the agency’s website on Monday and Tuesday to access the webcasts.

Deadline extended for conservation applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for fiscal year 2014. Producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS through Feb. 7.

“Extending the enrollment deadline will make it possible for more farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to apply for this important Farm Bill conservation program,” NRCS chief Jason Weller said. “Through their conservation actions, these good stewards are ensuring that their operations are more productive and sustainable over the long run and CSP can help them take their operations to the next level of natural resource management.”

Weller said today’s announcement is another example of USDA’s comprehensive focus on promoting environmental conservation and strengthening the rural economy, and it is a reminder that a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill is pivotal to continue these efforts. CSP is now in its fifth year and so far, NRCS has partnered with producers to enroll more than 59 million acres across the nation.

The program emphasizes conservation performance — producers earn higher payments for higher performance. In CSP, producers install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil quality, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy use.

A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, stewardship threshold requirements and payment types.

Learn more about CSP by visiting the NRCS website or any local USDA service center.

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