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DEC wants comments via e-mail

Anglers have another day to offer input on proposals to control that fish-killing disease, viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS).

Department of Environmental Conservation officials held informational meetings statewide earlier this month and the DEC is gathering public input on all aspects of this disease fatal to fish but not to humans.

Earlier, people could comment through the mail, giving a name and address with their remarks on the current restrictions imposed on bait dealers, fish transporters and anglers possessing bait from VHS-affected waters.

Now, with the deadline for written comments set for Monday, respondents must forward comments via e-mail to Shaun Keeler, coordinator of the DEC's program to gather comments.

Anglers and bait dealers have voiced their opinions at public meetings, but the DEC wants to have those remarks in writing for consideration of future VHS control measures.

To make observations on fishing conditions, bait handling or any other facet of fish-disease control options, send an e-mail to: and include a subject line or header "to the attention of Shaun Keeler."


Handling habitat

Landowners interested in upgrading their property as wildlife-friendly environs have a day-long opportunity to learn more about land management for flora and fauna.

The Western New York Chapter of Pheasants Forever (PF) has a slate of talks and demos at Wilson Conservation Club from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10. Shon Robbins, PF regional biologist, Greg Tessman, Niagara County District Conservationist, seed experts and Department of Environmental Conservation personnel will discuss planting techniques for habitat improvements.

"This one usually gets filled early," WNYPF President Dick McMurray said. A registration fee covers coffee and doughnuts and lunch.

To register, send $20 to: Dave Whitt, 702 Ridge Road, Lewiston, NY 14092. For details, call Whitt (754-2133).


From the depths

The Hamburg Natural History Society offers two cosmic events, which will cover things from volcanoes on the bottom of the ocean to stellar objects to ice volcanoes along the Lake Erie shoreline.

HNHS presents a Dr. Tracy Gregg talk, "Diving in the Dark: Exploring Volcanoes on the Ocean Floor from a Submarine," beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Gateway Executive Office Auditorium on Route 5.

On Friday evening, HNHS planners will set up lenses at Woodlawn Beach State Park. Visitors will look at solar system bodies and a variety of constellation forms. Viewing begins at 6 p.m. Information about Erie's ice volcanoes, often visible at Woodlawn Beach, also will be available.

For details, call 627-4560 or go to:


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