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Carp gain access lane to Lake Erie

Those notorious leaping Asian carp now appear to have inland-waterway access to Western New York waters.

"Bighead and silver carp have been identified in the Ohio/Allegany River watershed system and in smaller tributaries," said Donald Zelazny, Department of Environmental Conservation Great Lakes Program Coordinator.

Hydrological studies of waterway connections indicate the possibility that these Asian carp could enter the Allegany River watershed into Conewango Creek, which flows through Chautauqua County to Warren, Pa., and then enter Lake Erie.

This and other invasive species concerns will be discussed in detail during a U.S. Army Corp of Engineers public forum on Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Studies (GLMRIS) Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m., at the Buffalo Conference Center, 2 Fountain Plaza.

Attendees can make public statements on issues discussed after each of two sessions in a series of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) presentations given at 2:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

To register for a three-minute input/commentary presentation during sessions or to submit comments until March 31, go to glmris.anl.gov/involve/pubschedule/index.cfm.

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>Ladies rifle training classes

Teen Shooting Academy will offer a three-session Ladies Rifle Training Class at Mohawk Rifle & Pistol Club in Tonawanda starting Monday.

"This class will consist of classroom sessions and indoor rifle range shooting to teach basic knowledge, skills and proper [gun use] attitudes," writes Robert Church, class coordinator.

Women shooters will study the basic NRA rifle book, develop on-range skills, and learn proper ethics and attitudes on gun handing and use.

Classes will be conducted 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, and Feb. 7. A class fee of $60 includes use of rifles, ammunition, targets, safety equipment, and educational materials. Classes are limited to 18 students. For details, call Church at 592-7211 or e-mail: arcpower@aol.com.

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>Climate cafi brewing

Reinstein Woods Environmental Center invites all interested in reducing energy use, greenhouse gases and excess carbon dioxide that contributes to climate changes to a "Climate Change Cafi" at the center Saturday.

This workshop begins at 1 p.m. Visitors can learn things to do around the house to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save on utility costs. All attending will receive a copy of "Low Carbon Diet: A 30-Day Program to Lose 500 Pounds" of CO2.

Center Director Meaghan Boice-Green notes this presentation will offer options that are in reach for individuals and families. Along with the diet-program text, attendees can obtain a list of area resources for recycling, transportation, and other carbon-reducing possibilities. Coffee and dessert will be available during the workshop.

The program, held at the Center at 93 Honorine Drive off Como Park Boulevard, is free and open to all, but visitors must register in advance. For details, call 683-5959.

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>Albany busing options

Area gun owners, and those interested in gun-rights issues have an opportunity to let legislative leaders in Albany know where they stand during a Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day in Albany on Jan. 25.

SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) chapters will be sponsoring bus trips to this gathering. The Erie County Chapter of SCOPE will offer a bus departure from Southgate Mall. For details, call Gerry Cumbo (983-1629).

Genesee County SCOPE plans to have a bus at Batavia Marine and Sporting Goods that Tuesday morning. For information, call Dave Kaufman at (585) 494-2314.

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