Chautauqua Lake Cleanup 2017
The Chautauqua Lake Cleanup was held on Saturday, May 21 from 8 am to 2:30pm. There were 43 volunteers who collected 61 tires, 20 cubic yards of trash and 1040 pounds mixed metals. This third annual cleanup was co-hosted by Conewango Creek Watershed Association (CCWA), Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Chautauqua Co. Soil and Water Conservation District and Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance. The Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association provided their property as the main staging area. They also provided coffee, doughnuts and a hot dog and hamburger lunch to the volunteers as a small thank you for their efforts. All the hosts want to thank the volunteers and sponsors for supporting this effort.
Platinum Sponsors were Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA), Rock of WNY, and the Main Landing Restaurant. The CLA participated for the first time this year and provided 2 barges, 2 dump trucks, the weed harvester and staff to operate the equipment. The barges and trucks helped us get a lot of stuff out of the Lake and transport it to our staging area at the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association. Rock which participated for the second time, provided their barge with the crane. It was instrumental in getting some very large and heavy stuff out of the lake.
Other sponsors were Gold Sponsors: Evergreen Outfitters, United Refining Co, and Conewango Township. Bestway Container Solutions, Silver Sponsors included: Great Lakes Tree Services, Inc, Cochran & Zandi Lumber, Inc, and Stiffler & McGraw. Bronze Sponsors included: Superior Tire and Rubber Co, Donald E Lewis Funeral Home, Whirly Drink Works, Betts Industries, Warren Industrial Solutions and Voty Insurance Agency.
Sue Nielsen, board member for CCWA stated “We got some very productive volunteers both on-land and on-water. But we needed more people on the water. We had plenty of canoes. We were working in areas where the bigger boats couldn’t go so we had to collect the trash and move it out to an area where the barges could pick up the trash and tires. We needed more hands to help. We got a lot of tires and trash, but there’s still a lot out there.”
“Of course, we need to thank Chautauqua County for registering our event as an Earth Day event and disposing of the trash and tires at no cost to us. That is a critical element to any cleanup, the cost of disposal,” said Elizabeth Dropp, also a board member of CCWA.
On-land volunteers cleaned Celoron/ Lucille Ball Park, McCrea Point Park, the ball fields just off Jones and Gifford road as well as along Jones and Gifford Road itself. See photos below.
Details about the River of the Celebrations Announced
Penn Soil RC&D is beginning to add information to their web page about the upcoming River of the Year activities. Go to PennSoil.org to learn more.
Sponsorship Materials information and application can be found there. Don’t miss out on Supporting this Western PA and New York State celebration
Mini-Grant Program – Penn Soil is offering a min-grant program with grants up to $500 to others fund their own River of the Year Events. See the web page for full details and application.
A Calendar of Event is being developed. If you have event to add contact Penn Soil thru the website or call Wes Ramsey at 814-726-1441
Working in Your Woods, A Bird’s Eye View
The Appalachian Mountain Joint Venture and Forest Service have been working with partners (American Bird Conservancy, Ruffed Grouse Society, Audubon Pennsylvania, PA Game Commission, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resource) to organize a free, two-day workshop at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford in June (9-10) for forest landowners: Working in Your Woods, A Bird’s Eye View.
June 9th: 11:00am-5:30pm
June 10th: 9:00am-5:00pm
To see the flyer click HERE.
Members of the Conewango Creek Watershed Association had the opportunity recently to speak at the Annual Hunter’s Dinner at the Wiltsie Community Church in Russell, PA, where over 60 people from Jamestown, Falconer, Frewsburg, Russell, Warren, Kane and elsewhere had the opportunity to sample homemade game recipes (and some non-game vegan food as well). After dinner, the CCWA presented a well-received presentation on its mission, vision, education, and fundraising efforts as well as a nice recap of its River of the Year activities from last year. Thank you to the Rev. Todd E. Venman and to Jim Seder for asking us!
Happy New Year!
Come visit our table at the annual Warren Outdoor Show at the Warren Mall this weekend, Saturday, January 9 and Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 10AM to 6PM! We will have raffle tickets for sale for a brand new Kayak Package. We will also have our 2016 Calendars for a donation of $10 each (hey it’s only January, so pick one up this weekend!). And we also have lots of FREE Commemorative River of the Year Posters for anyone who stops by too. Finally, we also will have information on our upcoming 2016 Poker Run, so come by our table at the Warren Outdoor Show this weekend! See you there!
The Conewango Creek River of the Year Sojourn was a success and people commented how much they enjoyed this educational group paddle trip. Thank you State Representative Kathy Rapp for reading and presenting a proclamation naming us River of the Year for 2015! Thank you to our four expert presenters who spoke on a variety of topics along the way: Tom Erlandson, JCC-retired: Geology of the Conewango Creek Watershed; Nate Welker, USFS: Aquatic Biodiversity of the Conewango Watershed; Cecile Stelter, PA Forest Bureau: Importance of Healthy Diverse Forests to the Conewango Creek Watershed; and Chase Putnam, Warren County Historical Society-retired: Local History of the Conewango Creek Area.
Title: Hatch Fun Geocaching Event
Location: Hatch Run Conservation Demostration Area – Corner of Hatch Run Road & Conewango Avenue Extension
Description: This event is hosted by CCWA, the Warren County Conservation District and Penn Soil RC&D Council. It is part of our River of the Year events calendar. This is a fun event designed for current geocachers as well as anyone interested in learning more about geocaching. This event is FREE, but there are also two paid registration levels which include a lunch and a souvenir. Geo-Art will be featured and there will be a beginning geocaching seminar for anyone interested. This event is open to the public.
Start Time: 09:00
End Time: 17:00
Title: Hatch Fun Geocaching Event
Location: Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area – Corner of Hatch Run Road & Conewango Avenue Extension
Description: This event is hosted by CCWA, Warren County Conservation District and Penn Soil RC&D Council. It is part of our River of the Year events calendar. This is a fun event designed for current geocachers as well as anyone interested in learning more about geocaching. This event is FREE, but there are also two paid registration levels which will include a lunch and a souvenir. Geo-Art will be featured and there will be a beginning geocaching seminar for anyone interested. Open to the public.
Start Time: 09:00
End Time: 17:00
Title: Conewango Creek Sojourn
Location: Frewsburg, NY to Russell, PA
Description: All day educational organized float trip down the Conewango Creek. Come join us and find out why the Conewango Creek is 2015 PA River of the Year. We will have several presentation/ activities as we paddle our way down the Creek. Topics will include, geology, forestry, aquatics, wildlife and history. We’ll end with a picnic supper. Fee is $40 person and includes, canoe/vest/paddle, shuttling, lunch, dinner, activities, and t-shirt.
Start Time: 07:30
End Time: 17:00
· February 13 – 1:00pm-5:00pm: JCC, RTPI and CWC staff will be meeting at the RTPI parking lot at 12:30pm and will be traveling to South Valley State Forest to survey for HWA (Hemlock Woolly Adelgid). The survey is open to the public and anyone that attends will receive on-site training.
· February 13-16 – Great Backyard Bird Count: The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. RTPI staff will be participating in the annual GBBC and we recommend that all citizen scientists and feeder watchers do the same! The 2015 GBBC will be taking place Friday, February 13 through Monday, February 16.
· February 22-28: National Invasive Species Awareness Week
· February 23 – 12:30pm-4:30pm: Andrea Locke from WNY PRISM will be coming to RTPI from Buffalo to provide a Forest Pest Early Detection training session covering HWA (Hemlock Woolly Adelgid), Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Asian Long horned Beetle (ALB). Protocols used to survey for HWA will be discussed and then the group will go out to the RTPI/JCC woodlot to survey the nearby hemlock stands. This is open to the public and reservations are not required but would be appreciated.
· February 26 – 6:00pm: “Insects and the Diseases They Can Cause”: Jamie Haight from the New York State Health Department: Jamie, a biologist for the New York State Health Department, does disease surveillance and mosquito and tick investigation in Western New York. This event is free and open to the public.
· February 27 – 1:00pm-5:00pm: JCC, RTPI and CWC staff will be meeting at the RTPI parking lot at 12:30pm and will be traveling to Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area to survey for HWA. This survey is also open to the public and anyone that attends will receive on-site training.
We hope to see you at any or all of these great educational events! For more information on these or other programs at RTPI visit our website at www.rtpi.org or call us at 716-665-2473.
Communications & Public Programs Coordinator