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PFBC MOVES ON FOUR PROPERTIES TO IMPROVE FISHING

Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 09/29/2006 (817 reads)
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today it is moving forward with four projects that will provide 8,800 feet of stream frontage for public fishing access in Erie County. Three of the property acquisitions involve partnerships with local municipalities which will take ownership of the sites and hold them open for free public fishing. As part of these transactions, the Commission acquired public fishing access easements along the streams in perpetuity. The fourth property will be purchased by the Commission. Each of the projects utilize money from the Lake Erie Access Improvement Program, funded by the sale of special Lake Erie Fishing Permits.

“Working with partners, we are able to use anglers’ dollars to leverage additional monies. Each and every one of these properties is an important acquisition in itself. Taken cumulatively, the benefit to anglers and the residents of Erie County is immense. Recreational fishing gives a $36 million boost annually to the Erie economy, so these purchases represent a significant investment that will provide an equally significant return,” said PFBC Executive Director Dr. Doug Austen.

The Commission has approved a grant of $73,000 to Girard Township for the purchase of 8.32 acres along Elk Creek containing 350 feet of stream frontage on the popular steelhead trout stream.

The Commission also approved $50,000 in funding for Millcreek Township to acquire a 22-acre property on Walnut Creek containing 2,600 feet of stream on both sides of the waterway.

Northeast Township will receive $92,000 toward the purchase price of 19 acres of property along Twentymile Creek containing 1,900 linear feet of stream.

The Commission has also entered into an agreement to purchase 4.2 acres off Rick Road along Elk Creek in McKean Township. Through this purchase, anglers will have public access to 900 feet of stream on one side and 450 feet on the other. This site already has a small parking area and is a steelhead stocking point for the Commission. The Commission will pay $55,000 for the property.

In addition to these purchases, the Commission is developing a process and program materials for acquiring streamside fishing easements as part of the Lake Erie Access Improvement Program. Easements will allow landowners to maintain title to their properties, while providing permanent public fishing corridors for anglers.
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