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The Pennsylvania Game Commission will host a tour of State Game Lands 57 on Sunday, Oct. 7. Registration to be held from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the headquarters building complex on SGL 57, Ricketts Station, Forkston Township, Wyoming County. Game Commission personnel will be on hand to explain various points of interest, including wildlife habitat improvement projects. Four-wheel-drive vehicles with high clearance are strongly recommended for this 14-mile, self-guided driving tour. Directions: Take Route 487 north at the intersection of Route 118 and proceed 7.5 miles and turn onto a dirt road near SGL sign on right. Travel on dirt road one-tenth of a mile to a "Y" intersection and proceed left three-tenths of a mile to the headquarters complex. Each vehicle will be provided a map and brief explanation of wildlife management programs being carried out on this magnificent tract of public hunting land.

The U.S. Army Corps Engineers' Philadelphia District will host a meeting to review the 2012 Francis E. Walter Dam recreation plan and solicit feedback for next year's plan.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 16, at the Holiday Inn Express in White Haven (intersection of Rt. 940 and Northeast Extension of the Pa. Turnpike). In 2012, the Army Corps of Engineers held 22 of 24 scheduled whitewater events and numerous releases for fisheries throughout the recreation season.

Organizational leadership is encouraged to attend and provide recommendations and feedback.

Nescopeck State Park will be hosting a weekend of programs to highlight new natural history exhibits installed in the park's visitor center. The exhibits highlight the wonderful biodiversity found within the park's forest, fields and wetlands. Visitors can look through field guides to discover what lives in the park, crawl through an underground tunnel and view inside a wetland, as well as capture a photo of yourself looking out a tree stump. Other exhibits include information on the Nescopeck Creek Watershed, the importance of wetlands and the park's rich history.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., events including bird mist netting, nature hikes, live music and storytelling will be held. On Sunday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., events will include paddling on Lake Frances, introductions to geocaching and wilderness survival, a green building tour, nature crafts, kids story time and live bats.

All events are free of charge. The first 50 families will receive a complimentary "Pocket Naturalist" Nature Guide to Nescopeck State Park. A detailed schedule will be available soon. For more information, contact the park office at 403-2006.

Outdoors Notes items will not be accepted over the telephone. Items may be faxed to 831-7319, dropped off at the Times Leader or mailed to Times Leader, c/o Sports, 15 N, Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0250.

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