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NEWS AND NOTES 

Beginning Anglers Wanted--Beginning anglers of all ages may learn how to cast a line, hook a fish and identify their catch through MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program. Fishing clinics taught by Program volunteers are free and cover fish ecology, safety, ethics, outdoor gear and more! Municipal recreation departments, conservation organizations, sporting goods stores and other environmental agencies often co-sponsor a variety of fishing events with MassWildlife. The following Angler Education events will be offered in September:

bulletSept 8, 15, 22, 29—Basic Freshwater Fishing Clinic, North Adams. Location: Western Gateway Heritage State Park 6-8 PM Pre-registration required, equipment will be provided. Contact: Dale Waterman 413/663-6312
bulletSept 21—Massachusetts Outdoor Expo, Sturbridge. Location: Hamilton Rod & Gun Club 9 AM – 4 PM Equipment provided, hands-on activities all day. Contact: Jim Lagacy 508/792-7270 x 109
bulletSept 24, Oct 1, 8, 15 -- Basic Freshwater Fishing Clinic, Billerica. Location: Boys & Girls Club 6:30-8:00 PMPre-registration required, equipment will be provided. Contact: Parks & Rec 978/671-0921
bulletSept 27— Family Fishing Festival, Stoneham Location: Spot Pond 9:00AM – 1:00PM In cooperation with Dept of Conservation and Recreation. No equipment needed, hands-on activities all day. Contact: Spot Pond Office 617/727-5380

For more information on scheduling a program in your area, contact Jim Lagacy at 508/792-7270 x109

Crossbow Applications Available-Applications for crossbow permits are now available at MassWildlife offices and www.masswildlife.org. As the result of new regulations, hunters must have a physical permanent disability which prevents them from using conventional archery. A physician must certify this disability in writing as part of the application process. The permit is valid for the lifetime of the applicant unless revoked by the Director. Permit holders are still required to purchase the appropriate licenses and stamps each year. For more information, contact Tom Early 508/792-7270 x120

Ban Lifted On Canadian Hunted Meat-The importation of ruminant products from Canada was banned on May 20, 2003, when a case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), or "mad cow disease" was found in a cow in the province of Alberta. On August 8, 2003, the USDA lifted the ban on the importing hunter-harvested wild ruminant meat from Canada. Hunters may bring wild ruminant meat products intended for their personal use into the United States under certain conditions. Hunters will need a completed "Veterinary Services Special Permit for the Importation of Hunter-Harvested Wild Ruminant Meat," along with one of the following: a valid Canadian export certificate for game meat, or a copy of a valid hunting license or a valid hunting tag. The USDA permit may be obtained by downloading from the USDA website: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/bse.html or call (301) 734-3277.

Upcoming Meetings and Public Hearings:

The August meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 1 PM. Two hearings are also scheduled. The first will address changes to the herring and baitfish regulations and is scheduled for 3 PM at the Club House Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield following the 1 PM Board meeting at the same location. That evening, the second public hearing will cover regulations relative to 2003 - 2004 migratory bird seasons and methods of take. The second hearing will begin at 7 PM at the Clubhouse Building. For information regarding the Fish and Wildlife Board meeting and hearings, contact Julie Delaney, 508.792.7270 x146.

The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on September 11, 2003 at the Westboro Field Headquarters from 1:30 – 4:30. For information regarding the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory meeting, contact Nancy Eddy at 508/792-7270 x200.

Life Jackets Float, You Don’t!—Waterfowlers, paddlers, and small craft enthusiasts are reminded that beginning September 15 of this year through May 15, 2004, all people in a canoe or kayak must be wearing a Personal Flotation Device or risk a fine from the Environmental Police. Children under 12 years of age in any boat must be wearing lifejackets as do personal water craft users, water skiers and others being towed by boats. According to the Environmental Police Boating Safety Bureau, most boating fatalities in Massachusetts are due to accidents with small craft in cold water/cold weather situations where people fail to be wear life jackets. For more information on safe boating, contact the Environmental Police Boating Safety Bureau at 508/792-9360 or check the Environmental Police website at www.state.ma.us/dfwele/dle.

Call for Education Workshop Proposals—The Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES) is seeking workshop proposals for its annual conference to be held March 10, 2004 at Holy Cross College in Worcester. The deadline for proposal submission is October 1, 2003. This year’s theme is “What Goes Around, Comes Around: Cycling Our Way Through Environmental Education.” Proposals with a hands-on approach focusing on the “cycles” concept are encouraged from classroom teachers, museum and nature staff, free-lance educators, administrators and consultants. For over 25 years, the MEES Conference has been known for its innovative presentations and networking opportunities with environmental educators from Massachusetts and beyond. For more information email presenters@massmees.org or check the website at www.massmees.org. For a hard copy Workshop Proposals, contact: Pam Landry 508/792-7270 x110

MassWildlife News Reminder—Hard copy subscribers to "MassWildlife News" as well as other conservation minded people are reminded that they may subscribe to this publication by sending an e-mail to the following address: Join-MassWildlife.news@listserv.state.ma.us No other information is necessary in the e-mail. An electronic confirmation will come back asking subscribers to complete the process by filling out a short 30 second survey. On-line subscribers will receive their next issue within moments of release from the agency.

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Agency and Program Public Information Contacts:

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife topics, contact MassWildlife at www.MassWildlife.org  
Division of Law Enforcement topics, contact Andy Petrie at andy.petrie@state.ma.us
Division of Marine Fisheries topics, contact Dan McKiernan at dan.mckiernan@state.ma.us
Riverways Program topics, contact Russ Cohen at russ.cohen@state.ma.us
DFWELE GIS Program topics, contact Steve McRae at steve.mcrae@state.ma.us

 

 

 

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