Public input is being sought by the Pennsylvania Game Commission on a draft beaver management plan, which can be reviewed on the agency's website at www.pgc.state.pa.us  by clicking on the "Draft Beaver Management Plan" icon under the large photo in the center of the homepage.
Public comments on the agency's beaver management plan will be accepted until Thursday, March 3, via the website or by mail at: Beaver Management Plan, Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg 17110-9797.
"We are seeking public comment on the draft beaver management plan to ensure the resulting final management plan considers the thoughts and concerns of Pennsylvanians about this species," PGC Bureau of Wildlife Management director Cal DuBrock said. "As written, the plan is science-based, progressive and promotes responsible management. We're interested in hearing from Pennsylvanians who would like to offer comments, and to see if we've missed something or if they share our management vision for the future."
Developed by biologists with the agency's Game Mammal Section, the beaver management plan establishes management goals through 2019. Those goals are to establish sustained beaver populations within suitable habitat, monitor the beaver harvest, minimize beaver damage complaints, increase public awareness and knowledge of the benefits of beavers and their habitat and provide sustained opportunities to use and experience beavers.
"Pennsylvania's beaver management plan provides the necessary direction to achieve enhanced population, habitat, and harvest monitoring, improved beaver damage understanding, tolerance, and problem resolution, increased public awareness and knowledge of beaver-provided benefits, and sustained resource opportunities for both consumptive and non-consumptive users of this valuable animal in Pennsylvania," PGC furbearer biologist and author of the draft beaver management plan Tom Hardisky said. "Only through careful planning and sound science will we maintain a healthy balance between beavers and humans, and establish and manage sustained beaver populations, much like the Native Americans did centuries ago."
Janet Nyce, program coordinator of the Pennsylvania NRA Youth Education Summit, is the guest of Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on "Experience The Outdoors," Saturday from 7:30-8 a.m. on WLSH 1410-AM; Sunday, from 9:30-10 a.m., on WMGH, 105.5-FM; and on the Web at www.wmgh.com  by clicking the "Experience The Outdoors" link.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission meets, Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 24 and 25, beginning at 8:30 a.m. both days, at agency headquarters, 1601 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.
Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited meets Tuesday, Jan. 25, beginning at 7 p.m., at Yorkville Fire Company, South 20th and West Norwegian Sts., Pottsville. For information, call Randy Emerich at 570-622-1252 or access on the Web at www.schuylkilltu.org  .
This year's Early Bird Sports Expo will be held, Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 27-30, at the Bloomsburg Fairground, Bloomsburg. Show hours are: Thursday, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information and tickets, visit the website at www.earlybirdsportsexpo.com .
A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, Jan. 27, beginning at 6 p.m., at Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association will meet Thursday, Jan. 27, beginning at 7 p.m., at Red Hill Gun Club. For information, contact Ron Blew at 570-943-2900 or email@example.com .
An indoor block shoot for .22-caliber rifles will be held Sunday, Jan. 30, beginning at noon, at American Hose Company, No. 1, 39 Mauch Chunk St., Tamaqua. For more information contact Dave Pucklavage at 570-668-2475
Pennsylvania Game Commission will hold its first quarterly meeting of the year, Sunday-Tuesday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, beginning Sunday at 1 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., at agency headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.
Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets, Thursday, Feb. 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at West Penn Archery, South Tamaqua. For information, call Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.
This year's 18th Century Artisan's Show will be held, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4 and 5, at Country Cupboard Restaurant and Best Western Inn, Route 15, Lewisburg. Show hours are: Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call John Getz at 570-658-7263, Allen Martin at 570-922-4281 or visit the website at www.18thcenturyartisanshow.com  .
This year's Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show will be held, Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 5-13, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. Show hours are: Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 7-Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information and tickets, visit the website at www.easternsportshow.com .
This year's Sportsmen's Show and Flea Market will be held, Saturday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Leesport Farmers Market, 312 Gernants Church Road, Leesport. For information, call Ralph Reber at 610-944-9376.
A Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Family Ice Fishing program will be held, Sunday, Feb. 6, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center and Mauch Chunk Lake Park, 151 East White Bear Drive, Summit Hill. There is no change for the event, but pre-registration is required by calling Susan Gallagher or Jeannie Carl at (570) 645-8597 at the CCEEC.