2017-09-09 / Outdoors

Conservation School gets down to basics


John Dzemyan from the Pa. Game Commission presented a program on deer and elk antlers during this year’s Potter County Junior Conservation Camp. He brought along several racks to give campers a closer look. John Dzemyan from the Pa. Game Commission presented a program on deer and elk antlers during this year’s Potter County Junior Conservation Camp. He brought along several racks to give campers a closer look. Another successful Potter County Junior Conservation School, based at the Black Forest Conservation Association clubhouse, helped young people develop a deeper appreciation for the outdoors.

Paul Lilja and his daughter, Jackie Manno, once again led the camp. Among the areas of study were firearms safety, archery, outdoor photography, wildlife biology, trapping, dairy farming, strip and deep well mining, elk management, wetland ecology, water safety, kayaking, bird banding, natural gas production and others.

The last full day of camp took place at Andrews Farm in Emporium, where students took part in a program on stream quality and participated in an electro-fishing survey.

The school has widespread support from donors and volunteers. Among organizations involved are local conservation districts, Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities, VFW Post 6221 Auxiliary, May Hollow Sportsmen’s Club, Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s Association, God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Upper Allegheny Watershed Association, Forest Investment Associates, Coudersport and Galeton Rotary Clubs, Pa. Wildlife Habitat Unlimited, East Fork Sportsmen, Gerner Enterprises, Coudersport Precast, Pa. Trappers District 4, and John Snyder.

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