2018-07-07 / Outdoors

Wolf Tracks

Outdoor Columnist
Dave Wolf

Independence Day is being celebrated this weekend. It’s marked by fireworks, picnics, family reunions and community celebrations.

None of us should take our independence for granted. Many people in the world are not so fortunate.

I was reminded of this as I conducted some research into the history of Indepen­dence Day. I sometimes wonder if today’s school students understand and appreciate all the struggles and sacrifices that paved the way for them to live in the land of the free.

It was during this research that I also came across a survey about how Americans celebrate Independence Day, and that in turn informed me of an organization cre­ated just for the citizens of our state -- the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society (PALMS).

Obviously, a large proportion of anglers pursue their quarry on lakes, ponds and reservoirs, while others enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and sightseeing.

PALMS is a non-profit organization cre­ated to promote understanding and compre­hensive management of lakes, reservoirs, and their watersheds. Its mission seems very worthy to me and perhaps some of this newspaper’s readers would consider becoming involved.

The lakes of the Pennsylvania Wilds are important assets. Who can forget the draining of the lakes at Lyman Run and Sinnemahoning State Parks during the dam repair projects? It had a huge ripple effect on the economy and our way of life.

PALMS was formed in 1989 as a chapter of the North American Lake Management Society. It became a certified charitable organization in 2005.

Today, PALMS has roughly 150 mem­bers. These are people just like you and me -- folks who are concerned about today’s lake issues, from water quality to recre­ational potential. Among its members are lakeside residents, lake associations, recre­ation enthusiasts, scientists, educators, and local and state agency professionals.

The organization is recognized as a state­wide leading authority with respect to lake and watershed management and restoration. It has a low profile, but is often recognized for its highly successful annual lake and watershed conferences, as well as regional workshops promoted as forums for sharing factual information and experiences on sci­entific, administrative, legal and financial aspects of lake and watershed management.

PALMS also fosters the development of local lake and reservoir management and restoration plans, along with protection programs. Another one of its goals is to encourage the support and development of local, state and national programs, includ­ing policies and legislation that promote lake and watershed management.

PALMS leaders are eager to work with organizations, agencies, and individuals concerned with lake and watershed im­provement and protection. There’s also a legislative agenda. PALMS actively sup­ports the passage and enforcement of laws designed to assure the protection of lakes, reservoirs, and watersheds.

Potter and Cameron counties are blessed with a faithful corps of watershed protec­tion volunteers, as well as two of our state’s most active and respected county conser­vation districts. Perhaps an alliance with PALMS would be a wise move for those in the northcentral Pennsylvania counties who cherish these special resources.

More information is available at: PALMS, PO Box 111, Huntington Mills PA 18622; telephone 570-316-1669.

(Dave Wolf can be reached by email at wolfang418@msn.com.)

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