Olga Rosche has been awarded the Adirondack Mountain Club's Conservation Award, the highest honor the Western New York chapter bestows.
Anyone who has hiked the Conservation Trail (which starts in Allegany State Park and joins the Bruce Trail in Queenston, Ont.) owes Rosche a real debt. In 1962 she was a founder of the Foothills Trail Club, which started the trail-building venture and now maintains it, along with several other hiking trails in this area.
With her husband, Arthur, Rosche has been an advocate for "local wilderness," too, fighting for pristine areas inside Allegany State Park, and acting as a volunteer watchdog on just about any conservation/preservation issue in the state. Her alerts and her advice about whom to contact with one's concerns or opinions, have been invaluable to almost every conservation group in this area.
More than that, Rosche guides hikes at several preserves, is a supporter of more than 20 conservation groups and -- in her "spare time" -- is an avid birder.
New angling rules
Fishermen should note a change in the fishing law: Some fish species may not be filleted or otherwise prepared for cooking until the angler reaches shore with his boat.
The new rules cover lake trout, brook trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass and walleye.
The rule should make it easier to enforce rules concerning species quantity and size limits. Lake trout from Lake Ontario and the lower Niagara River, for example, must be smaller than 27 inches or larger than 30 inches in length. This "window" limit ensures that prime spawners remain in the ecosystem. The "no fillet" law makes it easier for environmental conservation officers to check.
Zebra mussel meeting
A talk about the zebra mussel and its effects on the environment -- and especially local power plants -- will be given at the Aquarium of Niagara Falls 7 p.m. Wednesday by John Malinchock, environmental supervisor of the New York Power Authority. It's free to members (non-members will pay $1), there will be a chance to view the new Great Lakes displays, and refreshments will be served.
Recycling for campers
Campers heading for Ontario's provincial parks this summer may find that recycling is the order of the day. Twenty-six parks will offer beverage can recycling, 17 of them will recycle bottles as well. Ultimately, all provincial parks begin recycling "as local recycling opportunities emerge," according to the natural resources minister, Lyn McLeod.
A free clinic called "dining on the trail" will be offered 10:30 a.m Saturday at the Eastern Mountain Sports store on Niagara Falls Boulevard. It will offer backpackers and other go-light campers tips on cooking good food using any of the popular backpacking stoves and freeze-dried menus.
Diving for dollars
If you ever wanted to take a scuba class, consider trying the courses being offered by Great Lakes Divers and Bison City Rod & Gun Club. Tuition is $145 (you need to have your own mask, fins snorkel and accessories) and a portion of the cost will benefit the club's building fund. Twice-weekly classes start June 28, July 17 and Aug. 7 and run for four weeks at the Cheektowaga Town Park pool. Contact Great Lakes Divers (836-6900) for details.
Long beard contest
The Niagara Frontier Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation will meet 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lamm Post, 962 Wehrle Dr., to judge the "long beard contest" to see who bagged the best spring gobbler.
The Foothills Trail Club has a Wednesday evening mini-hike set at Isle View park. Call leader Nancy Coughlin (873-2889) for details. Saturday the Charests (689-8252) lead a Riverwalk hike and next Sunday Dick Christensen (632-7762) leads a hike along the Conservation Trail in the Holland area.
-- MICHAEL LEVY
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