March 10, 2010

House Members, Groups Opposed To Natural Gas Leasing In State Forests. Members of the House, environmental and sportsmen's groups this week urged Gov. Rendell to drop his plan to lease more State Forest land for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling to help balance the budget. Instead, the groups urged adoption of a natural gas production severance tax.
This video features Rep. David Levdansky (D-Allegheny) Majority Chair of the House Finance Committee.
Legislators present included Representatives Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Paul Drucker (D-Chester), Bob Freeman (D-Northampton) Majority Chair of the House Local Government Committee, Mike Hanna (D-Centre) Majority Chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Kate Harper (R-Montgomery), Tom Houghton (D-Chester), David Levdansky (D-Allegheny) Majority Chair of the House Finance Committee, Tony Payton (D-Philadelphia), Steven Santarsiero (D-Bucks), Tim Seip (D-Schuylkill), John Siptroth (D-Monroe), and Greg Vitali (D-Delaware).
Groups included: David Maser, PennEnvironment, Jan Jarrett, PennFuture, Pennsylvania League of Women Voters, PA Land Trust Association, Jeff Souders, PA Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Curt Ashenfelter, Keystone Trails Association
Watch other videos from the press conference--
Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery)
Jan Jarrett, PennFuture
Jeff Schmidt, Sierra Club
Curt Ashenfelter, Keystone Trails Association
Jeff Souders, PA Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs

March 8, 2010

CREP Program Promotes Forested Buffers. David Wise, PA Watershed Restoration Manager with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, talks about the value of forested stream buffers and how the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program can pay for 100 percent of the cost of installing buffers and pay an annual rental payment. Farmers and any landowner can participate in the CREP Program and install a buffer.

March 4, 2010

2010 Deer Management Open Houses. For the fourth consecutive year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is hitting the road to bring deer management open houses to communities throughout the Commonwealth ending on April 10. This video is Part 1 of a 2 part video presentation describing the open houses.
The schedule for the open houses is as follows: March 13- Northwest-Pittsfield; March 20- Southwest-Johnstown; March 27- Southcentral-Shippensburg; (rescheduled to) March 28- Northeast - PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Hawley and April 10- Southeast-Frackville. (see announcement for locations and directions)
Watch Part 2 of this video presentation.

March 2, 2010

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes in PA. Follow Ryan Miller, Assistant Zoologist for the Western PA Conservancy, as he takes you into the field to talk about the endangered Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake in Pennsylvania. Watch more videos from WPC by subscribing to their YouTube Channel.