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Blue Knob driving tour scheduled for outdoor enthusiasts

From Mirror reports

BLUE KNOB — Once again this year, the public is invited to tour State Game Lands 26, a 12,000-acre tract situated in Blue Knob.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Southcentral region announced a driving tour scheduled for Sunday that runs from noon until 3 p.m.

The tour begins off Route 869 near the Bedford/Cambria County line and covers approximately seven miles. Participants will find ample opportunity to enjoy the historical aspects, quality habitat improvements conducted by PGC habitat crews in partnership with cooperating organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and vast timber production brought forth through timber sales and timber stand improvements.

This tour will be a self-guided driving tour only, as there will be no staff available to lead the excursion as in past years. A pamphlet will be provided to each vehicle at the start of the tour to help guide them on their way.

For more information, call 643-1831.

Improve fishing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Along with the nation’s leading recreational fishing and boating organizations, the Center for Sportfishing Policy recently released “A Vision for Marine Fisheries Management in the 21st Century: Priorities for the Next Administration,” a collection of recommendations to improve the way America’s federal saltwater fisheries are managed.

The Vision report highlights the economic value of recreational fishing in coastal waters and how outdated federal management policies act as roadblocks for the recreation economy’s positive economic trend. Today, 10 million Americans fish for recreation in saltwater, generating nearly $74 billion in economic activity and supporting 487,000 U.S. jobs.

“Fishing is a treasured pastime for millions of Americans, and we’ve made strides in recent years demonstrating to federal policymakers that it is a fundamentally different activity from commercial fishing and should be managed accordingly,” Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy, said.

The report urges the next administration and Congress to enforce the Modern Fish Act of 2018 and follow through on applying management approaches that reflect the reality of demand for recreational access to marine fishery resources, and the current economic activity associated with that access.

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