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The Pennsylvania Game Commission will hold the following Hunter-Trapper Education courses this year in Luzerne County (All courses begin at 8:30 a.m. More courses in the area will be added. For a complete statewide list visit www.pgc.state.pa.us):

Nescopeck State Park — March 1

Whitetail Preserve — April 5

American Legion Post 781 — May 17

Whitetail Preserve — June 28

American Legion Post 781 — July 19

Nescopeck State Park — Aug. 23

Nuangola Rod and Gun Club — Sept. 20

Nescopeck State Park — Oct. 18

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold its quarterly business meeting on Jan. 22-23 at its Harrisburg headquarters, located at 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg.

As part of the Commission’s quarterly meeting, committees will meet beginning at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and again at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23. Formal consideration of the agenda by the full commission will begin at approximately 10:10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23.

All committee meetings and the formal meeting are open to the public.

A complete copy of the meeting schedule and the full agenda for the meeting can be found on the PFBC’s web site at www.fishandboat.com/minutes.htm.

The North Mountain Branch of QDMA has scheduled its next habitat project. The project will take place on Jan. 25. The group will be meeting at 8 a.m. at the first parking lot on Mountain Springs Road just off Route 487 on Red Rock Mountain.

The project will take place on Game Lands 57 and will be a browse cut which will consist of the cutting of various species of trees to allow the deer to eat the buds off the fallen trees and allow growth of new trees that will provide additional browse for years to come as they grow.

The downed trees will also act as nurseries for upcoming saplings and act as nesting areas for songbirds and also sanctuaries for other game and non game animals from other predatory species as well.

Lunch will be provided for volunteers working on the project. Anyone having their own safety gear and chainsaws are encouraged to bring them. The group does have some extra safety gear to use should a volunteer not have their own.

The project is dictated some what by weather due to road conditions in this remote area, so stay tuned for updates should bad weather be predicted.

Anyone having any questions regarding the project or in need of directions may contact the North Mountain Branch at 570-477-2238

The National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament is set to be held March 14 in State College. It’s shaping up to be the biggest student archery tournament ever in Pennsylvania. And the Pennsylvania Game Commission is encouraging all schools participating in the program, commonly referred to as NASP, to register to compete.

There is no fee to register, and the first day for registration is Friday, Jan. 31. Registration remains open through Friday, Feb. 21.

The NASP state tournament has been growing each year and the March 14 tournament to be held at the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility figures to be the largest tournament to date.

About 1,300 students from more than 30 schools across Pennsylvania are expected to participate. That would be about a 60 percent increase in the number of participants, compared to the 817 who competed last year.

The increase is representative of growth in the program statewide.

NASP, which started in Kentucky in 2002 and has since gained participants around the globe, came to Pennsylvania in 2005. The Game Commission began coordinating the program in 2010 and, to present, the program has expanded to 155 schools.

The tournament should be a sight to see. One hundred fifteen lanes, each with two archers, will be operating at once. About 9,200 arrows will fly each hour. And somewhere near 46,000 arrows will be fired on the day.

Registration can be completed online through the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us, or directly through the NASP Tournament website, http://nasptournaments.org. To use the Game Commission’s website to register, place your cursor over the “Education” tab, then click “National Archery in the Schools Program.” Registration is just a few more clicks away.

Teams are encouraged to register early this year as space is limited.

NASP helps school districts in Pennsylvania meet physical-education curriculum standards set by the state Department of Education, and at the same time introduces students to the world of competitive archery.

Tournaments are held at the state, national and international levels, and Pennsylvania sent 14 teams and 50 individual competitors to the 2013 national competition, which was held in Louisville, Ky.; and students from four schools attended the World Tournament event held in St. Louis, Mo., in June last year.

To get NASP started in a Pennsylvania school, contact Samantha Pedder, at the Game Commission headquarters, at 717-787-4250, ext. 3327. Also, “PA NASP” can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennNASP.

National Wildlife Federation is currently accepting applications for youth leaders and organizations wishing to hold a sapling tree planting event this spring as part of NWF’s Trees for Wildlife program. The program aims to educate and prepare a generation of conservation stewards, expand the number of trees worldwide and protect and improve natural resources. As an educational program, it also provides activities to help young people learn about the importance of trees and how to plant and take care of trees for the future.

Due to an anticipated high volume of applications, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for a tree planting event, community giveaway event or a combination of both. The application deadline is Feb. 21. Before applying, please review full guidelines to ensure eligibility. NWF’s Trees for Wildlife applications are available at www.nwf.org/trees/apply.

National Wildlife Federation is also seeking donations of trees to NWF’s Tree Bank. NWF’s Tree Bank was created through the generous contributions of members and supporters to provide trees, planting supplies and educational resources to schools, community groups and partners who plant the trees in their community. You can contribute to the fund by sponsoring trees, adoptions or donating.

Learn more about the Trees for Wildlife program and how to apply to potentially receive trees for a community service project at www.nwf.org/trees.

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