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Public Meeting to Address Improvements Planned at Nockamixon State Park Lake

September 12, 2008

To: STATE EDITORS

Contact: Terry Brady of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, +1-717-772-9101

HARRISBURG,Pa., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Improvements benefiting fish and anglers at Nockamixon State Parks 1,450-acre lake in Bucks County will be discussed at a 7 p.m. public meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18, in the parks Environmental Education Center off Mountain View Road near Quakertown.

Lake Nockamixon is one of four of our larger state park lakes that benefit from ongoing cooperation with the Fish and Boat Commission to improve the quality of recreation for the many anglers, boaters and others who use and enjoy the lake, said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Michael DiBerardinis. Some of the projects proposed by the commission may prompt comment from park visitors or require volunteer labor. We hope potential helpers will attend the meeting and learn how they can participate.

Public input already has been accepted and work is planned or under way at Pymatuning Reservoir, Pymatuning State Park, Crawford County, Foster Joseph Sayer Reservoir, Bald Eagle State Park, Centre County, and Glendale Lake, at Prince Gallitzin State Park, Cambria County.

Lake Nockamixon offers a wide variety of angling and boating opportunities to a growing number of visitors, said DiBerardinis. With so many visitors from nearby Philadelphia and other areas, planned habitat improvements will benefit the resource and those who come to appreciate it.

Improvements at the four state parks are a cooperative effort by DCNRs Bureau of State Parks and its Wild Resource Conservation Program, which is providing funding; the Fish and Boat Commissions Division of Habitat Management; and the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation, which will develop and coordinate volunteer commitment.

David F. Houser, who oversees the commissions habitat management efforts at Lake Nockamixon, said his recommendation for fish habitat improvements follow extensive Fish and Boat Commission assessment and inventory efforts on the lake. Lake waters harbor walleye, muskellunge, pickerel, smallmouth and largemouth bass, striped bass hybrids, channel catfish, carp and a variety of panfish.

Houser is suggesting the lake be targeted for extensive habitat treatments that would provide cover and reproduction areas for game and forage fish species. Artificial structure to be deployed on the lake bottom and water surface — some with the help of volunteer labor — would include a variety of rock rubble piles and submerged and emergent post clusters, as well as other floating structures for reptiles. Volunteers already have built turtle basking platforms that are now being placed at Nockamixon.

The lake, with its marina, four launching ramps and fishing pier, is popular with motorboat and sailing enthusiasts, as well as anglers. Totaling 5,222 acres, Nockamixon State Park draws more than 911,000 visitors annually.

For reservation and other information on Nockamixon and Pennsylvanias other 116 state parks, call 1-888-PA-PARKS between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; or visit: www.dcnr.state.pa.us(select State Parks).

CONTACT:

Terry Brady

(717) 772-9101

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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