The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold its winter quarterly meeting Jan. 25-26 at the agency's headquarters, 1601 Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg. This will mark the 50th meeting of the Commission since adoption of the name "Fish and Boat Commission" in 1991. Commission committees will meet Jan. 25, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and Jan. 26, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The formal agenda session will begin at or about 1:15 p.m., on Jan. 26.
The tentative schedule for the meeting, as well as the full text of the commission agenda, is posted on the commission's web site www.fish.state.pa.us.
Mercer fish stocking
The preseason trout stocking site list for Mercer County is as follows:March 2, Neshannock Creek, 1 p.m., 6,000 fish, bridge at Volant; March 5, Coolspring Creek, Mill Creek, 2,100 and 600 fish, state Route 62 and I-79, 10:30 a.m.; March 7, Little Shenango River, state Route 358 and I-79, 6,000 fish, 9:45 a.m.; March 8, West Branch Neshannock Creek, Pine Run, Yellow Creek, 1,900, 400 and 600, state Route 62 and I-79, 10:15 a.m.; North Deer Creek, state Route 173 at Milledgeville, 1,400, 10 a.m.; March 12, Wolf Creek, I-80 and state Route 173, 1,900, 10:30 a.m.; March 19, Sandy Creek, state Route 62 and Polk Post Office, 7,100, 10:15 a.m.; Shenango River, twin bridges in Sharpsville, 2,800, 10:45 a.m.
Acts of vandalism are becoming a major problem in the Allegheny National Forest.
Forest Supervisor Kevin Elliott recently reported numerous acts of vandalism including broken restroom windows, doors and fixtures, destroyed signage and other incidents.
Elliott urged those with information to contact his office at (814) 927-6628 to make an anonymous report. There is a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Boat registrationavailable online
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reminds owners of licensed watercraft that they can renew their boat registrations with ease and convenience through an online registration system.
The ODNR Division of Watercraft's online boat registration system can be utilized 24 hours a day through June 30 by visiting www.ohiodnr.com.
Approximately 130,000 renewal notices are due to arrive this month in the mailboxes of watercraft owners across the state whose current registrations will expire on March 1. The registrations are valid three years.
Registration information that needs to be corrected or changed will still require owners to visit their local watercraft registration agent, including Division of Watercraft offices and some Bureau of Motor Vehicles Deputy Registrars.
A listing of all watercraft registration agents is available on ODNR's web site and by calling the Division of Watercraft toll-free at (877) 4BOATER.
Christmas trees needed for habitat
The Mosquito Lake Association will be organizing the depositing of used Christmas trees on the ice at the reservoir for fish habitat Thursday.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife will be bringing 300 trees to the state Route 88 launch ramp at the lake at 9:30 a.m.
Various area sportsmen clubs will also be participating.