Petitioning to Protect and Manage Brown Trout in PA

Would you, as a Pennsylvania trout angler, like to see our trout and waters achieve their greatest potential? Would you like to have the opportunity to pursue large wild brown trout year-round? Would you like to see our valley floor cold-water streams and our larger streams, which are now considered…

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Recovering America’s Wildlife Act
Photo by Jim Suleski

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) is a special once-in-a-generation piece of conservation legislation. If passed, it dedicates roughly 1.4 billion dollars to restoration efforts across the country aimed at preventing vulnerable wildlife from becoming endangered. We are in the midst of a biodiversity crisis as more and more species…

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DFTU’s First Online Auction

As our members certainly know, COVID-19 brought unanticipated disruptions to all aspects of our health and social lives, including to the Doc Fritchey chapter’s annual fund-raising banquet, which was scheduled and cancelled three times. Because the banquet is our chapter’s main source of project funding for the year, the chapter’s…

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Sunday Hunting Changes Plans for Diversion Wells

With the passage of Senate Bill 147 last year, hunters will now have the opportunity to engage in big-game hunting on three Sundays – all on consecutive weeks – in Pennsylvania. The three Sunday hunting dates for the 2020 season are: November 15 – Deer (Archery)November 22 – Bear HuntingNovember…

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Old Men and Redbuds

Thanks to the generous help of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the chapter planted additional trees along the east bank of our streambank restoration project on Snitz Creek in North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County. As you can see from the photographs, this time we had plastic tubes and wooden stakes to…

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Spring Creek Watershed Association On the Horizon

Over the months, I have reported on the efforts to explore restoration in the Spring Creek Watershed in the Hershey area. After nearly a year and many meetings — both in-person and virtually — the steering committee submitted a grant application to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for a…

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Quittapahilla Water Monitoring Program

Our monitoring program for the Quittapahilla Watershed is off to a slow start, partly because of restrictions related to the COVID 19 pandemic. But, lately, we have picked up the activities and now the program is coming together very nicely. The program will include six monitoring locations, two on the…

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Rep. Tom Mehaffie Recognized by PA Fish & Boat on Passage of HB 808

Many thanks to PA State Rep. Tom Mehaffie for his work pushing through House Bill 808 allowing the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to set their own fees. Chapter President Russ Collins and Secretary Trip McGarvey joined Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Tim Schaeffer at Bullfrog Valley Park to…

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Good for the Environment? You Decide!

As many of you know, the work that we do as a grassroots conservation organization often encounters headwinds, not the least of which is climate change. The science behind climate change could not be clearer: we need to take immediate and meaningful steps to reduce our carbon emissions. The support…

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2020 Fundraiser Moves to Online

Traditionally, the Doc Fritchey Chapter raises almost all the money we need to carry out our conservation and stewardship mission on one evening in late winter, at our annual conservation fundraising banquet. We all know how that worked out in March of 2020: We all stayed home and started to…

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