Month: June 2010

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100 Days of Summer: Day 11-Go Boating

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Well, I’m taking the night off to re-coup a little. And I know I’m actually a day ahead: I posted once one mornaing and meant to schedule the after work post, but posted it in the evening instead. And I’ve kept caught up, even though I haven’t really gotten any ideas saved up.

So Here’s an easy one: Get the Boat Out. Go to Lake Milton, Berlin, Mosquito, Pymatuning State Park, Portage LAkes, Guilford Lake or any of the other area Lakes. Take your water skis, yourfishing poles, a picnic and the family. Have fun.

And, yes, I know the fishing page is in dire need of a makeover. it was one of the first pages I ever did and it kinda just sits there, getting no visits. I’ll start building it. I promise

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100 Days of Summer: Day 10- Enjoy a Romantic Getaway At an Ohio State Park Lodge

Punderson State Park (Ohio)
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OK. A Tenth of the way there and I feel like celebrating a little. Better take my Significant Other also.

It’s a good thing Ohio State Parks offer some pretty snazzy Accommodations at the Lodges. Not just for Couples either. Business meetings, families and anyone can book a stay at a resort. And the costs? Pretty nice.

Especially since if you get a State Park Discount Card before June 30th, You can save 25% and earn reward points.

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100 Days Of Summer: Day Nine-Bike the Towpath Trail, Catch a Train for $2

Rt. 82 Bridge, Brecksville
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You’ve got to try the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Normally it runs from Northern Akron to Independence road in Cleveland. To hop on on one of these stations costs $15 per person per day. The train goes through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the round trip takes about three hours. But you can get off at any stop: Visit Hale Farm, The shops at Penninsula, Take in a special event at Boston Mills.

Sounds fun. The Kids will like it. But there’s a way to save $13 per person and still get all the advantages. Bring your Bike. See, for $2, you can flag down the train at stations along the Towpath Bike trail and board the train. There are special cargo cars on each end to hold your bike. Then you can disenbark when you want.

Take the train north and Bike Back to your car. Or Bike until you’re exhausted and ride back in the comfort of a restored passenger car. The choice is yours.

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Passport to Fishing Class in Akron: Register Now

AKRON, OH — Any adult, group, or conservation club who has a sincere interest in taking kids fishing should consider becoming a certified Passport to Fishing instructor, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. A free workshop is available on Thursday, August 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will take place at Wildlife District Three, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron.
Passport to Fishing is a one-day instructor training program that qualifies individuals to become Division of Wildlife certified fishing instructors, similar to a hunter education instructor.

Passport to Fishing was developed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and adopted by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.  Workshops teach volunteers the basics of fishing and how to run a four-station fishing program with a fishing event. These instructors then go back to their communities, with a written curriculum and training aids, to teach youngsters and beginning anglers the basics of fishing.

By becoming a certified instructor, you will not only be able to help in reconnecting students with the outdoors, but you will also have the skills and resources to help you do it in a more successful way.  Resources available include grants, equipment, brochures, and training.

To register for a workshop, please call 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

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100 Days of Summer: Day 8- Just Get Outside and Grill Man:

This ended up being a busier week than I thought. Lots of News from ODNT, NPS and PA Game. Lots happening at home. So I’m taking a day off. And what a Nice day it is too. We have too few of these where there’s no holiday, no rain and no family obligations. Better just get outside and get some burgers on the grill.  Like the Popper Burgers Below:

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Lake Erie Access Portal: Info on 164 Ways to Get to the Lake

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164 Public Access Sites in the eight counties along Ohio’s 312-mile Lake Erie Shore featured in new ODNR Publication and Web site

Sandusky, OH – Just in time for summer recreation, a new publication and companion Web site will guide you to Ohio’s public beaches, bluffs and bays along the state’s 312-mile Lake Erie shore, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The Lake Erie Public Access Guidebook was developed by the ODNR Office of Coastal Management in partnership with the ODNR Office of External Affairs. The guidebook includes general information about Lake Erie and specific details about the 164 sites within Ohio’s eight coastal counties where the public can access the Buckeye State’s greatest natural resource.

Collectively, the 164 public access sites account for more than 15,000 acres, and nearly 53 miles of shore, which is approximately 17 percent of Ohio’s coast. Sites range from the well known to the rarely heard of and include state, county, city, village and township parks, preserves and reservations; state wildlife areas; public cemeteries; memorials and monuments; lighthouses; as well as dead-end road rights-of-way and scenic vistas.

Information in the Lake Erie Public Access Guidebook was collected by the Office of Coastal Management between 2005 and 2010, and verified via interviews with local officials and park managers. The 326-page printed guidebook is geographically organized from west to east, beginning in Toledo in Lucas County and moving to Conneaut in Ashtabula County.

Each site is represented by vibrant pictures, illustrative narratives, colorful maps, latitude/longitude coordinates, amenity keys and “Learn more” information to help you discover the perfect spot to spend your day or even your week. It’s the perfect size for backpacks, glove boxes and tackle boxes.

The online guidebook can be viewed by selecting “Access” in the top navigation line atohiodnr.com/coastal. Each access site can be downloaded and printed from its respective Web page; county chapters and the entire guidebook can also be downloaded and printed.

Printed copies of the Lake Erie Public Access Guidebook will be available at locations throughout Ohio’s Lake Erie watershed by July (a list of distribution sites will be available online). Later this summer, the guidebook will be distributed at the ODNR Natural Resources Park Information Booth at the Ohio State Fair from July 28 to August 8.

The Office of Coastal Management works to achieve a balance between use and preservation of Lake Erie’s coastal resources, in collaboration with our partners, by effectively administering the Ohio Coastal Management Program.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com

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100 Days of Summer- Day 7: Go Fishing

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It’s always been hard for me to write about fishing. While I really enjoy fishing, it’s one of those things that just seems too natural to be a problem. It’stoo easy to grab a pole, a couple pieces of bait and find a spot to relax. To me, describing and promoting fishing is kind of like promoting TV: I really don’t have to do it, do I?

So, rather than point you to a local stream, or Misquito creek, or Lake Erie, how about I just point to  FishOhio’s Best Fishing Spots in Ohio for Now?

On A related note, Please tell me what you’d like to see here. I do a lot of Day Hikes, Some Camping, a little Lake Paddling, and have been doing some Geocaching. So If you have an Idea for Hunters, or ATVs, or anything else, let me know and we’ll post it.

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NPS Let's Go Outside! Flickr Group

This summer, get out into nature and see some wildlife – in your backyard, at a local park or on a nearby national wildlife refuge.  You will create family memories to last a lifetime, and if you take your digital camera, you can capture these memories and share them through a new Flickr group called “Let’s Go Outside.”

Hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the “Let’s Go Outside”[http://www.flickr.com/groups/1385215@N24] group allows Flickr users to upload images of themselves, their family and friends outside in nature.  You can use Flickr’s Map function to identify where your photos were taken and see the places where group members explore nature.  You can also describe where the image was taken and what it was like, blog about particular photos and your experiences in nature, and chat on the Flickr Discussion board with other group members about their favorite places to go.  You can even upload images from your cell phone.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Let’s Go Outside” initiative encourages children, educators and parents to get outside and enjoy nature and wildlife.  To learn about activities in nature, including the basics of digital nature photography, visit http://www.fws.gov/letsgooutside.

You can also visit the “Let’s Go Outside” web site to locate one of America’s 550 remarkable national wildlife refuges and discover what nature has to offer.  Most metropolitan areas are within an hour’s drive of at least one wildlife refuge.  But experiencing nature can also be as convenient as visiting a local state park, bird watching in your backyard or even taking a walk around the neighborhood to admire wildlife.  Watching wildlife is an extremely easy, fun and free way to enjoy the environment, spend time with family or just to relax.

“Let’s Go Outside” strives to promote environmental awareness while reconnecting Americans with nature – encouraging healthier lifestyles and helping to ensure future generations appreciate the natural world around them.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service.  For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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Ohio Fishing Structure: Where the Habitat Is

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Andover, OH- Many things have changed in Ohio since the early 1900’s. Ohio’s deer herd has gone from scarce to world class, and the bald eagle, once on the edge of extinction, has rebounded dramatically. But, for most of Ohio’s lakes, the past century has not been so kind. Most of the natural habitat in Ohio’s reservoirs has disappeared due to natural causes. Fish naturally relate with habitat, and anglers typically key in on these spots, but what happens when the habitat disappears?

Thanks to the Ohio Division of Wildlife and numerous other state agencies and conservation clubs, anglers who fish Pymatuning have another hot spot to try out.  This past week, these groups collaborated on their annual structure placement project on Ohio’s largest inland lake. “The Short Plank Vertical Structures are ideal for shallow water that lacks natural habitat, while the rock reefs can be used at a variety of depths,” says Matt Wolfe, Fisheries Biologist for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, who oversees this project. “Both structure types are ideal for the fisheries that are available in Pymatuning,” added Wolfe.

The Plank Structures can be found from N 41o 39’ 58.9” / W 80o 29’ 57.9” to N 41o 40’ 2.4” / W 80o 29’ 59.7” to N 41o 40’ 3.6” / W 80o 29’ 52.9”  in about 6 – 7 feet of water. The rock reefs can be found at N 41o 32’ 12.9” / W 80o 30’ 45.5” in about 6 feet of water and at N 41o 32’ 1.3” / W 80o 30’ 49.0” in about eleven feet of water. The map datum on your GPS unit should be set at NAD 83 to find the structures.

The goal of this project is to introduce 500 structures into the waters of Northeastern Ohio annually. With limited funding available, none of this would be possible without the help of local organizations who have contributed to this effort. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat CommissionOhio State Parks,Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Pymatuning Lake Association partnered up with the Division of Wildlife on this particular project in its attempt to recruit the next generation of anglers and retain the anglers who already enjoy the sport of fishing.

View video slideshow of structure placements

View a Pymatuning Lake fishing map

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Special Archery Deer Hunts at 16 State Areas this Fall

COLUMBUS, OH— An increasing deer population, resulting in negative impacts to native plant communities, has led the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Natural Areas and Preserves to coordinate special archery deer hunts at 16 state nature preserves across the state.

High quality habitats at these state nature preserves including Blackhand Gorge, Fowler Woods, Goll Woods and Lawrence Woods, have been negatively impacted by over-browsing deer. For example, large flowered trillium—Ohio’s state wildflower—has nearly disappeared from several sites because of foraging deer.

“Conducting special management hunts enables the division to protect native plant communities in Ohio’s best natural areas,” said Gary Obermiller, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves’ program administrator. “An added benefit is that Ohio’s hunters are given an opportunity to explore high-quality areas and assist ODNR with critical land management activities.”

There will be four (4) two-week archery hunt sessions and one (1) week-long archery hunt session beginning September 25 through November 27, 2009. Each special archery hunt permit will be good for two hunters for two weeks, with the exception of the last one week session. Hunters will be required to harvest an antlerless deer first.

Participating hunters in Zone A will be allowed to harvest two deer under state hunting rules—one on a $15 antlerless tag and one on a $24 either-sex tag. The Zone B limit is two on the antlerless tag and two on the either-sex tag. Similarly, the Zone C limit is six, three on antlerless tag and three on either-sex tag.

To apply for the special archery hunt lotteries, applicants must send in a 3×5 card with their name, address, daytime phone number and the hunt name (such as Goll Woods Archery Hunt), along with a $5 processing fee for each entry. You may apply for multiple sites, however, you will only be drawn once per site.

Please mark each entry card with the appropriate hunt location. Do not send multiple payments—one check equaling $5 per card is sufficient. Do not send cash—checks and money orders must be made out to Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. Processing fees are non-refundable. Mail entries to the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves,2045 Morse Road, Bldg. C-2, Columbus, OH  43229.  Lottery entries must be received by August 15, 2010.

The archery drawing will be held on August 16 at 10 a.m. at the ODNR Fountain Square Complex located at 2045 Morse Road, Building E-1 West, Columbus, Ohio 43229. Applicants do not need to be present at the drawing to be awarded a permit.

Successful archery hunt applicants will be notified by phone, and are required to attend one of two orientation meetings set for September 11 and 12 at various locations. Visitohiodnr.com/dnap for a full listing of lottery rules and special hunt details.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site atwww.ohiodnr.com.

COUNTY STATE NATURE PRESERVE
Adams Davis Memorial Archery Hunt
Adams Johnson Ridge Archery Hunt
Ashtabula Pallister Archery Hunt
Champaign Davey Woods Archery Hunt
Clark Gallagher Fen Archery Hunt
Columbiana Sheepskin Hollow Archery Hunt
Delaware Seymour Woods Archery Hunt
Fairfield Christmas Rocks Archery Hunt
Fairfield Rhododendron Cove Archery Hunt
Fairfield Shallenberger Archery Hunt
Fulton Goll Woods Archery Hunt
Hardin Lawrence Woods Archery Hunt
Highland Miller Archery Hunt
Licking Blackhand Gorge Archery Hunt
Richland Fowler Woods Archery Hunt
Seneca Springville Marsh Archery Hunt
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