Clearwater Conservancy Update

Get your tickets now - "Going Green with ClearWater Conservancy" Night at the State College Spikes

July 18, 2008 (Friday)

7:05 pm
Medlar Field at Lubrano Park

$9.00 per 1st Base Field Box Ticket (ClearWater receives $2 per ticket!) 

Tri-City Valley Cats vs. State College Spikes.

Tickets are available at the ClearWater office!  Buy them for your family, a church group, an employee outing, or for your club… and support ClearWater Conservancy at the same time.

To reserve your tickets, call Sarah Edge at ClearWater Conservancy at (814) 237-0400 or email [email protected].


<<Green Out flyer 1-08.pdf>>

Picnic at the Fisher Farm – all are invited!

Sunday, July 27

Noon – 3 pm

The John and Barbara Fisher Farm, 2929 Buffalo Run Road, Bellefonte

Come out for an afternoon of fun and fellowship, and celebrate the conservation of the 197-acre Fisher Farm by ClearWater Conservancy and the Heritage Conservancy. 

We will be entertained by the music of Richard Wylie, wagon tours around the farm, and a stream walk along Buffalo Run.

Please bring lawn chairs and a dish to share in our potluck buffet. Burgers, hot dogs, and drinks will be provided by ClearWater Conservancy.


RSVP by July 18, 2008 to Sarah at ClearWater Conservancy

(814) 237-0400 or [email protected]

Directions to the Fisher Farm from Beaver Stadium:  Follow Fox Hollow Road around the bend

as it turns into Fox Hill Road.  Turn left on Bernel Road. At the bottom of the hill, turn left on

Buffalo Run Road/Route 550.  The Fisher Farm at 2929 Buffalo Run Road will be marked

with a ClearWater sign and is across from the entrance to Timberton Estates. 

<<Fisher Farm 2008 invitation postcard.pdf>>

ClearWater Board of Directors Nominations

ClearWater Conservancy is currently accepting nominations for its 2009 Board of Directors.  Directors will be selected in November 2008.  Terms are for three years.

If you are interested in the conservation and restoration of the natural resources and landscape of central Pennsylvania and would like to put your leadership skills to work by guiding ClearWater Conservancy’s future, please submit a brief bio to Executive Director Jennifer Shuey at [email protected].  Please include a statement about why you are interested in ClearWater Conservancy and what strengths and talents you believe you could best contribute to the Board of Directors.


5th Annual Otto’s Golf-Fest

Monday, August 25, 2008

State College Elks Club Golf Course

It’s time to sign up your foursome for the Otto’s Golf-Fest!  Our corporate sponsor response has been wonderful, and the afternoon flight is now full.  Morning slots are still available and will be reserved at the reduced rate of $110 per golfer until July 25.  After that, it goes up to $135, so act now.  Attached is the registration form.  More details can also be found at

There are still some Hole/Prize sponsorships available at the $300 level.  Please email [email protected] if you are interested in supporting the work of ClearWater through your business in this way.

With the addition of a morning flight, we will need many more volunteers this year.  To sign up or get more information about volunteering at the registration table, the morning round on the course, the afternoon round on the course, or the dinner registration email [email protected] or call 237-0400. 

<<tri-fold brochure 08 afternoon sold out version.pdf>>

2008 Spring Creek Habitat Project Schedules

Volunteers are needed for work at the old McCoy Dam site and a second site upstream from the Route 550 bridge. 

Work at the McCoy site will start on August 25 at 9 am and continue all that week.  Volunteers will be doing mostly landscape work (placing big rocks, laying jute matting, seeding, etc.).  A detail will be formed to start at 5:30 pm, so those who work during the day may also contribute.  Safety equipment will be provided. 

Work at the Route 550 bridge site will start on August 2 and continue through August 12.  Lunch and safety equipment will be provided.  Numerous in-stream log devices will be installed.  There will be riparian planting work done also.  This project will be very similar to the work done at the PSU Sheep Farm last year.

These are great opportunities to help, learn, and share in helping Spring Creek. 

If you can volunteer at any time, please call Joe Boston of SC Chapter of Trout Unlimited at [email protected] or (814) 861-5566.  Your name will be added to the volunteer list, and you will be updated as scheduling details are developed.  Thanks!!

26th Annual Spring Creek Day Family Festival

Sunday, September 28

Noon – 5 pm

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

LOTS of fun new activities this year coming from an invigorated new planning committee!  Mark your calendars now… more details will be coming soon.

Attached is an exhibitor letter and form, if you would like to be a part of the event. 

If anybody has 10x10 or 10x20 tents that they can loan (and come set up and tear down), wants to donate baked goods for the picnic, or would like to volunteer in some way to make the day go smoothly, please let Kim know at [email protected] or 237-0400.  More volunteer requests will come over time, too J

<<handbills 08.pdf>> <<Spring Creek Day Event letter to participants 2008.doc>> <<Spring Creek Day Exhibit Sign Up Form 2008.docx>>



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Just go to and be sure to enter ClearWater Conservancy as the charity you want to support. And, be sure to spread the word!


News from other community partners…

From Centre County Historical Society...

One Berry, Two Berry, Pick Me a Blueberry: Picnic and Program

Thursday, July 17, 2008 starting at 5:00 p.m.

Please join us at the Centre Furnace Mansion on Thursday, July 17 starting around 5:00 p.m. for a special blueberry picnic and program.

Blueberries will be the featured fruit for our July dessert picnic, but that is not all. In addition to some blueberry dessert creations that we hope you will bring along to share with family and friends in the beautiful Centre Furnace Mansion gardens, we will be providing examples of some other locally grown and/or locally made products that suggest "the enjoyments of the happy healthy rural culturist."

The special bonus for the evening will be a presentation by Anne Quinn Corr: "Connecting with Our Roots - and Tubers - in Central PA" at 7:00 p.m. Anne, a Boalsburg resident, teaches basic food preparation at Penn State in the nutrition department and has been cooking professionally for more than thirty years, specializing in gourmet natural foods. She has been a freelance food columnist for the Centre Daily Times since 1985, and in 2000 authored Seasons of Central Pennsylvania, published by Penn State Press. The book not only highlights this part of Pennsylvania, but also its local cooks and their traditions. Anne currently is serving as the leader for the Slow Food Central PA Convivium, an international education organization dedicated to preserving traditional foodways and encouraging the use of locally produced foods, reflecting the environment in which they are showcased.


The plan for this July 17 evening at the Centre Furnace Mansion:

5:00 p.m. – Picnic on the Centre Furnace Mansion lawn

6:00 p.m. – Blueberry desserts.  Please bring a dessert to share (6 - 8 servings) - featuring blueberries, if you would like.

        * The Historical Society will provide locally made beverages from Tait's Farm, Mount Nittany Winery and Elk Creek Café

        * Samples of freshly picked local blueberries will be available, along with examples of some other products that are locally grown, produced and marketed

7:00 p.m. – "Connecting with Our Roots - and Tubers - in Central PA" program by Anne Quinn Corr in the Hearth Room.

The Centre Furnace Mansion is located at 1001 East College Avenue in State College (the corner of College Avenue/Route 26 and Porter Road). Parking is available in the lot off Porter Road, or along the grassy area on College Avenue.  This event is free and open to all. 

For more information, please visit:


From West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Coalition...

The fourth annual West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Symposium will be held July 18-19 at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College and will be hosted by Trout Unlimited and the West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Coalition.

All registrations should be received before or on Monday, July 7. Last minute registrations may be accepted on Monday, July 7 by calling Amy Wolfe at 570-726-3118 with registration and payment information. Otherwise a $10 late fee will be charged for all registrations received after July 7.

The purpose of the West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Symposium is to promote the West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Initiative, which is aimed at the cleanup of abandoned mine drainage throughout the West Branch Susquehanna watershed.

This event serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas regarding AMD abatement in the region and provides an excellent opportunity for networking among volunteers, policy-makers, technical experts, students, and others interested in restoring land and water impacted by AMD - the largest source of pollution to the Commonwealth’s waterways.

This year’s special guest speaker will be  Tim Palmer with his program on Rivers of America.

Workshop programs will feature presentations on: Restoring the Bennett Branch, Fishes of the West Branch, CSI-Helpful Tool for Restoring Trout Streams, Water Quality Study on the West Branch, the Role of Land Conservancies and AMD, Linking the Burden of Abandoned Mine Lands to Community Health and Economic Benefits Analysis of Acid Mine Drainage Remediation.

The Saturday session will feature a tour of Bennett Branch Acid Mine Drainage Projects.  

A limited number of scholarships are available to help defray the cost of registration, travel and/or lodging.

Trout Unlimited is also providing organizational support to the West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Coalition, a group that represents the collective efforts of watershed groups, Trout Unlimited chapters, county conservation districts, businesses, and others that are working to address AMD problems throughout the West Branch Susquehanna River basin.

For more information on scholarships or the Symposium visit or contact Amy Wolfe, Trout Unlimited, at 570-726-3118 or send email to [email protected]

Rebecca L. Dunlap

Project Manager

West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Initiative

Trout Unlimited

P.O. Box 27

Mill Hall, PA  17751

Office Phone: 570.726.3118

Cell Phone: 570.367.8519



From Spring Creek Canyon Alliance...

If you care about who owns the 1800 acres of surplus Rockview land, including Spring Creek Canyon, please mark your calendar now and plan to attend this public meeting, July 30, 2008.


“Community Alternatives to the Rockview Land Transfer”

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

7:00 p.m.

Patton Township Community Meeting Room

100 Plaza Drive, State College

Come and share your ideas to preserve the Rockview land, including the Canyon and the Uplands, as one property for public use in perpetuity.

It’s not over yet!

Let your voice be heard!

Sponsored by the Spring Creek Canyon Alliance.

C-Net coverage sponsored by Centre County Government.


Over 1000 members of the Spring Creek Canyon Alliance, and many others, wish to see the Rockview land remain forever as one parcel for public use and not divided between Penn State University and Benner Township. Despite any agreements, plans, restrictions or easements that have been proposed,  the owner of the property will ultimately control the use of the land. 


In the future, as State College and Bellefonte grow together, this could become our own Centre County Central Park.


Our state legislators have rejected overwhelming public opinion and are shuttling this land transfer through the system despite our protests.  We must offer a practical and possible alternative.  We need your ideas and input.


Please pass this announcement along to your listservs and accept my apologies if you have received multiple copies of this message.


Hoping to see you July 30 at 7:00p.m.


Bob Leonard (tel. 814-237-1891)

for Spring Creek Canyon Alliance and Everyone who wants to keep our public land public!

From Pennsylvania Certified Organic...

PENNSYLVANIA CERTIFIED ORGANIC—Is looking for an Organic Transition

Specialist to assist clients in transition from conventional production to organic

certification. Applicants should have agriculture background, willingness to teach,

presentation and computer skills. For full job description visit PCO’s website: Send cover letter and resume to: Beckie Lease, Office

Manager, [email protected], 814 422-0251


From Millbrook Marsh Nature Center...

New "Youth Fly Fishing for Bass Camp" Offered by CRPR
at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
612 Puddintown Road, College Township, State College, PA 16801

CRPR Program # 33137      Camp Fee: $100 Resident / $150 Nonresident

The CRPR Youth Fly Fishing for Bass Camp (for boys and girls entering grades 7-9) is a new program offered jointly with the PA Fish & Boat Commission for the first time this summer!  Camp will meet Monday, 28 July through Friday, 1 Aug 08, 8AM - 5PM at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (rain or shine). The camp is limited to 12 youngsters on a first-paid basis. Payment in full is due at the time of registration.

The CRPR Youth Flyfishing for Bass Camp is a new program offered jointly with the PA Fish & Boat Commission for the first time this summer! This educational camp offers a great opportunity for experienced young fly-fishers and/or those who have completed the previous CRPR Fly-fishing Camp (cold water) to learn about fly fishing for warm water species such as panfish & bass. Skills taught will include warm-water ecology, fly-tying for panfish and bass, leader design and casting techniques, tips for bigger fish, and basic wading & canoeing skills. Students will also have the opportunity to travel to local warmwater venues to practice their skills and learn appropriate conduct by spending time on the water. Some canoeing will occur and a Swim Safety Screening at Welch Pool will be required for each participant (Sun, July 20 at 8 pm at Welch Pool).

Equipment will be supplied during the camp, but campers are welcome to use their own tackle and waders. Some “wet-wading” will be involved. Health & Safety questions will be asked during registration. Please note: For this camp, participants should have basic flycasting skills, the ability to tie basic flies and the ability to set up their own fly tackle with knots & leaders. For casting safety, eyeglasses are required and must be furnished by each camper (Polarized lens are recommended). Campers must also furnish a daily lunch and daily refreshments (no glass, please, and no refrigeration is available). Each camper should also provide raingear. It is noted that a PA Fishing License is required for those age 16 and over - although this camp is limited to those entering Grades 7-9.

Funding assistance is provided for this camp by a grant from the
PA Fish and Boat Commission “Sportfishing and Aquatic Resource Education” Grant Program.



Molly A. Hetrick, Recreation Supervisor- Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Centre Region Parks & Recreation
2643 Gateway Dr #1, State College, PA 16801
(814) 231-3071 fax 814.235.7832
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Millbrook Marsh Nature Center has a BLOG...

Here are some of the current volunteer needs we have:


Fly Fishing Camp for Youth: July 14 - 18 and July 21 - 25; M-F; 8 am - 12 noon

Warm Water Fly Fishing Camp for Youth: July 28- Aug 1; M-F; 8 am - 5 pm

Canoe Camp for Youth: Aug 4 - Aug 8; 8 am - 5pm; M-F

**Volunteers do not need to be experienced in fishing or canoeing, but willing to learn and assist the participants as they learn.

Wonderful Wetlands Camp: Aug 11 - 15; 7:30 am - 5:30 pm; M-F

**GREAT WAY for RPTM students to get hours toward the 300 hour requirement! Volunteers will work side-by-side with the staff and camp leaders to prepare and provide activities for children grades 1-6 during this fun, weeklong camp!

We also need volunteers to train for Birthday Parties and be available to lead children’s Birthday Parties during weekends. Volunteers can also assist with the Marsh Monday programs each Monday.

Please contact me with your interest and availability!

Volunteers who wish to create their own special project are also welcome.


Molly A. Hetrick, Recreation Supervisor- Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Centre Region Parks & Recreation
2643 Gateway Dr #1, State College, PA 16801
(814) 231-3071 fax 814.235.7832

From Bellefonte Museum for the Families of Centre County...

Announcing the exhibition:

Art and Science of Fly-fishing: Remembering George Harvey

July 20th through October 15, 2008

We are pleased to announce a significant exhibition, "The Art and Science of Fly-fishing: Remembering George Harvey", to open July 20th and continue through the fall at the Bellefonte Museum for Families of Centre County. The museum occupies an historic property in the heart of Bellefonte.

Fly-fishing is important to our region. It is not only a sport for all ages but has environmental worth. For generations, fly-fishing has attracted a wide range of folks including several United States presidents. The ideal conditions in Happy Valley and the enormous popularity of the sport has created local legends contributing techniques to the sport and many significant books about fly-fishing.

The exhibition will recognize the incalculable contributions made by George Harvey to fly-fishing and creek conservation education. Mr. Harvey passed away a few months ago in his mid nineties. He is a household name and legend. Raised in Dubois, a champion athlete and graduated from The Penn State University, George Harvey stayed in Centre County and taught angling and fly-fishing courses at Penn State.  He wrote many important books and manuals about fly-fishing, including information about streams and water flow, fish, conservation and insects. Collectors cherish the flies he tied and many will be on view in the exhibition.

We will also be featuring the remarkable career of Joe Humphreys, author, master teacher and living legend in Center County. Joe has taught US Presidents, governors, and master fly-fishers. The exhibition will show film footage of Mr. Humphrey- fishing, teaching and talking about local fishing legacies as well as his concern for conservation of fishing waters.  A special event on Saturday, July 19th will highlight Joe and members of the USA Youth Fly Fishing Team on the eve of their departure for the 2008 International Competition in Portugal.

For information call Pat House at 814 353 1369

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