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Commission to Host Meeting for Erie Landowners to Explain Public Fishing Access Program
October 21, 2011
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Harrisburg, PA – Private landowners in Erie who own stream frontage on Four Mile, Conneaut, Crooked, Elk, Walnut and Twenty Mile creeks are encouraged to attend an upcoming public meeting to explain the benefits of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) public fishing access and conservation easement programs.

The meeting will be held on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Big Green Screen Theater at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie. It is being hosted by the PFBC and PA Sea Grant.

“Acquiring public access easements is part of the agency’s strategy to improve public fishing areas and ensure that the public has access to these opportunities,” said Jackie Kramer, the statewide fishing and boating access coordinator for the PFBC Bureau of Boating and Access. “Private landowners interested in providing public access for anglers and learning how this easement purchase program operates are encouraged to attend.”

A public fishing easement is a voluntary and permanent legal contract between the landowner and the Fish and Boat Commission. The easement typically provides a 35-foot corridor along a stream bank that allows the public to wade in or walk along the stream bank for the purpose of fishing. The landowner continues to own and control the land. 

Landowners interested in attending should RSVP to Dave Skellie at PA Sea Grant at 814-490-3248 or by email at dus18@psu.edu by October 28.

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at fishandboat.com.

Media Contact – Eric Levis, 717.705.7806 or elevis@pa.gov

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