Susquehanna Greenway eConnections Feb 2013

February 18, 2013
Susquehanna Greenway eConnections
February 2013
Healthy, Sustainable Susquehanna Communities
Nearly 500 miles in length, the Susquehanna Greenway is one of our greatest  regional resources. It is a corridor of parks, trails, river access points, and conserved areas, connecting people to the natural and cultural treasures of the Susquehanna River and its West Branch.The Susquehanna Greenway conserves the environment for all living things and balances the needs of generations today and tomorrow.
Susquehanna Greenway Partnership 
 
 
 
 
Your gift will help us protect the natural and cultural resources of the Susquehanna, revitalize river communities and build connected parks, trails, and public river access points.
 
 
In This Issue...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Mission
The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership is a leading champion for the Susquehanna River Watershed, Pennsylvania's most important natural resource and the largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. We work to advance for public and private efforts to connect people with our natural and cultural resources, and promote a sustainable and healthy environment.
 
Volunteers Needed
If you are interested in helping with a local Greenway project, or would like to assist us with an event, photography, office work, etc. visit our website andclick on volunteer.
Susquehanna Greenway Regional Organizations
 North Branch
 
Middle Susquehanna and 
Lower West Branch
SEDA-COG Community Resource Center
 
Upper West Branch
Upcoming Events
To have an event included in our newsletter, please list your event at our website.
 
 
Camp Hill
February 13
 
Your Backyard!
February 15 – 18
 
Wrightsville
February 15
 
McElhattan
February 16
 
Wrightsville
February 17
 
Sunbury
February 19
 
Lewisburg
February 19 & 21
 
State College
February 20 – 21
 
Camp Hill
February 21
 
Williamsport
February 27
 
Wrightsville
March 1
 
Lancaster County
March 2 or 3
 
Danville
March 2
 
Danville
March 2
 
Sunbury
March 9
 
Wrightsville
March 9
 
Millersburg
March 10
 

To have an event included in our newsletter, please list your event at our website.
Special Thanks to 
Our Sponsors
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hershey's Track and Field Games
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
C&E Containers, Inc.
 
 
 
 
 
McTish, Kunkel & Associates Logo
 
 
Nittany MinitMart
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Join Us! Grant Workshop - Feb 19th 
Looking to find funding for the park, trail, public river access, or other conservation project in your community? Join us on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the Degenstein Community Library in Sunbury for a special grant workshop.
The workshop is FREE, but space is limited. Please RSVP by February 15, 2013. For a schedule, directions, and registration details, visit our website.
 
PPL Holtwood Land Approved for Conservation! 
A major milestone for conservation of1,260 acres of land in Lancaster County was reached this month as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved PPL Holtwood's request to transfer ownership of the land located along the lower Susquehanna River. Read more at our website.
 
Photo of Holtwood Gorge by Jay Doering.
 
Greenway Mini-Grant: Millersburg 
Each month learn about a local project being funded through the Susquehanna Greenway Mini-Grant Program that is helping to build the Greenway and connect people to the Susquehanna River. The program is funded in part by the PA Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Millersburg is a Susquehanna River Town known for its paddle and pedal power!  Riverfront Park is not only home to the historic Millersburg Ferry Boat Landing, but also to the new biking/walking trail that will be a future connection to the Lykens Valley Rail-Trail. Unfortunately, serious erosion issues are threatening to send much of Riverfront Park and its improvements downriver! Learn how an SGP Mini-Grant is helping the Borough preserve this beloved public park here.
 
Susquehanna Water Trails - Save the Date! 
by Chuck Haupt
If that groundhog is right warm-weather paddling season will be upon you before you know it! Whether your a seasoned pro or looking to grip a paddle for the first time, the Susquehanna Sojourns are great ways to get out on the river, make new friends, and learn about the River's special cultural and natural history from locals!  Sojourns are educational and awareness-raising events that involve a group of canoeists and kayakers paddling a segment of the Susquehanna River, camping on her shores and interacting with local towns and villages. SAVE THE DATE for the following events!
 
West Branch Susquehanna Sojourn - May 14-19, Mahaffy to Keating, 97 miles. Stay tuned to Susquehanna Greenway Partnership website and emails for registration! Registration opens in March.

Susquehanna Sojourn - June 8-15, Great Bend to Wyalusing, 96 miles. Watch Headwaters River Trail, registration opens in April.

River Day - June 9, This fun, one-day paddle from Bloomsburg to Danville benefits the Children's Miracle Network. Stay tuned to their website for online registration.
 
Middle Section Paddle - July 28, Selinsgrove area. Stay tuned toSusquehanna River Trail Assn. for more info closer to the date.  
 
Besides educational paddle events, be sure to check out our onlineCalendar of Events for clean-ups, races, family fishing days and more! You can even post your own events using the online form.
 
Photo by Chuck Haupt
 
Record Year for Photo Contest 
Thank you for making our 3rd AnnualTreasured Towns & Landscapes of the Susquehanna Photo Contest a success! You submitted 675 entriesin the Landscapes, River Towns, People & The River, and Youth Categories - A record!
Next up: Our judges will have some tough decisions to make as they award 1st-3rd place in each category. Winners will be announced in April 2013 and the winning images will travel around the Susquehanna on display for the rest of the year. It's never too early to start snapping your memorable moments along the river for next year's contest. We can't wait to see your adventures!
 
Photo courtesy of Flickr
 
Call For Projects In Endless Mountains 
The Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Inc., (EMHR), in cooperation with the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), has administered an annual grant program through the Pennsylvania Heritage Areas Program since 1998. Interested applicants should complete and submit the Notice of Intent form by Valentine's Day, February 14, 2013. EMHR staff is available to discuss project plans, identify common goals and potential funding sources, and form partnerships. Access the form here.
 
Photo of Interpretive Signage in Tunkhannock, courtesy EMHR
 
Montgomery - Susquehanna Greenway River Town 
Montgomery is a small town along the West Branch of the Susquehanna with some pretty big community spirit. In January, Montgomery was officially designated as a Susquehanna Greenway River Town thanks to the area's dedication to making connections to the river and to neighboring river towns. As part of the SGP River Town Program, citizen leaders, business owners and citizens have worked with SGP, partners, and student interns from Penn State's Hamer Center to assess the town's natural and cultural resources and identify opportunities to improve connections to the river. Read more about the effort with Revitalize Montgomery citizen committee and Mayor Andrew Onufrak with this article.  Learn more about our SGP River Town program at our website.

SGP's Executive Director, Trish Carothers (right), at the designation event.
 
Overwhelming Public Support for PA Conservation and Recreation Projects 
Do you think that state funds dedicated to preserving farmland and open space, providing parks and trails, and protecting rivers and streams should continue to be used for these purposes?
This question was one of a few posed by the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg to over 600 PA residents regarding their views on state funding for conservation and recreation projects within the Commonwealth. The survey revealed overwhelmingpublic support throughout the state and among all demographic groups for both continuing existing dedicated state funding for conservation, as well as increasing state funding for land and water conservation, even if that meant a small increase in taxes.Read more and see survey results here. 
 
A Fishy Mystery 
Spotted: A 75 pound, five foot trout! Last month we shared a Facebook photo of this lovely mosaic trout living outside the PA Fish and Boat Commission's Headquarters in Harrisburg. Wouldn't you know, you all wanted to know more about the piece! Thanks to some serious archival digging by PAFBC grounds staff we learned how, "Native Brookie" by artist Jennifer Franz found its unlikely way to the banks of the Susquehanna. Read this fish tale.
 
New Plan and Funding for River Access 
A new Public Access Plan for the Chesapeake released by the
National Park Service says there are1,150 existing public access siteswhere people can launch boats, fish, swim, or look over the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, including the Susquehanna! The goal is to add 300 new access sites by 2025 and a new Public Access Plan will help the park service reach that goal.
 
The National Park Service, Chesapeake Bay Office also accepting project proposals for financial assistance awards to increase public access to designated water trails. Project applications must be submitted by March 1, 2013. Learn more about priority areas, funding amounts, and requirements at their website.

Additionally, reps from the Chesapeake Bay Office will be on hand to answer questions at our Susquehanna Greenway Grant Workshop on Feb 19th! Hope to see you there!
 
Get Wild with Us! 
Wild & Scenic Film Fest - Feb. 13th
Join the the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership this Wednesday evening in Camp Hill for films that will inspire, amaze, and delight!  These films show people doing great things for their communities from around the world and in your own backyard. Tickets are just $10 at the door and there will be lots of great raffle prizes. Hope to see you there! For details, visit our online Calendar of Events.
 
Campbell New PA Director 
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is pleased to announce Harry Campbell as the new Executive Director for the Pennsylvania office. Having spent the past nine years as CBF’s Pennsylvania scientist, Campbell is a respected resource on technical, policy, and science issues and will now direct all of CBF’s policy, advocacy, and restoration efforts in Pennsylvania. Read about Mr. Campbell here.
 
Water Survey: Your Voice Needed 
Photo by Angela Haines
Pennsylvanians can express their opinions about the state's water resources by filling out a brief online survey conducted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and several partner agencies. Researchers are interested in learning what residents believe about the current status of the Keystone State's water and how they think funding and other resources should be prioritized to best protect and manage water resources. Learn more and take the  five-minute survey can be online until Feb. 28that www.pawatercenter.psu.edu.
 
Photo by Angela Haines.
 
Research on the River 
ShaleNetwork Dives Into Data
Water quality and quantity data are collected by many different watershed groups, government agencies, industry stakeholders and universities in regions where shale gas is being exploited. In an effort to create a central and accessible database for this information, the National Science Foundation has funded the creation of ShaleNetwork, a multi-institutional initiative that will organize data to be accessible to both researchers and the public. Read more here.
 
Investing In River Towns 
Things Heat Up In Columbia
Nothing cuts through a winter day like opening the doors to Through The Fire Studios and being greeted by the warm, molten glow of a glass furnace. This new glassblowing studio in Columbia, Lancaster County is housed within theSusquehanna Center for the Creative Arts, and offers workshops in glassblowing. Resident “gaffer” (glassblower) and co-founder, Jeremy Friedly, led SGP on a tour of the Studio and described how the group transformed an old, water-damaged furniture store in the heart of downtown into creative gallery, studio, and learning space. Read more and see photos from our visit here.
 
Jeremy Friedly and an art glass creation.
 
River Reads 
Down the Susquehanna to the Chesapeake
by John H. Brubaker
The Susquehanna is an old, hardworking, somewhat eccentric river. It cuts channels, builds and erases islands, flows deep and narrow or wide and shallow. Mark Twain captured part of its personality when he described the River's outlet at Lake Otsego in New York, "It presently narrows to twenty [feet] as it meanders along for no given reason, and yet when a stream acts like that it ought to be required to explain itself" (Brubaker 253). 
Like a willful old soul, the Susquehanna makes no attempt to explain herself, however Brubaker does a wonderful job of it in his non-fiction tour of the river's natural and human history. Filled with maps and illustrations, this is a delightful read for those looking to know the River a bit better. Read more and enjoy a preview  here.
 
Meet Our Intern: Trevor Polly 
The creativity in our offices just got a jolt! Trevor, a senior at Susquehanna University studying Communications and Film, has joined us as a Communications Intern. “My goal is to work in the film/video production industry someday, and I am excited to practice and hone my skills through the creation of short films and videos for SGP.” Trevor will help SGP tell different stories of the Susquehanna through interesting video interviews and will be creating a Youtube Channel for supporters to share their river stories. “Nature has caught my eye as a visually appealing subject for not only photographs, but video as well. I think it’s a great way to share the beauty and experience of the Susquehanna.” Welcome Trevor!
 
Show Your Love: Become a Member 
February is for lovers, and what better way to show your passion for the outdoors and our amazing Susquehanna River, than the gift of membership! Becoming a member of the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership means helping to create places where people are connected to the natural and cultural resources of the Susquehanna. Through our parks and trails, we can live active, healthy lives.
 
Gift membership to yourself, or gift it to another - either way know that you are helping to create Pennsylvania’s largest greenway.
Click the button below, and if membership is a gift, we'll be sure to send your "honey" "sweetie" or "river-romantic" a notice of your generosity.
 

All monetary and in-kind contributions to Susquehanna Greenway Partnership are tax-deductible as a charitable contribution to the extent allowed by law.
 
Photo courtesy of Flickr
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