State resumes its operation of parks


Tomorrow, the state will resume responsibility for the operation of 11 state parks that have been closed or operated with the assistance of volunteer staffs since early this year, but there is no guarantee that cutbacks won't be necessary again in the new fiscal year.

Eight of the 11 parks shut down by the state because of budget constraints were reopened this spring with the help of volunteer workers who mowed grass, picked up trash and manned visitor centers.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer has said that if Marylanders want the parks to remain open year-round, volunteer staffers may be the only way to make that possible.

The parks that were operated by volunteer staffs were Tuckahoe, Dan's Mountain, Gambrill, Calvert Cliffs, the Morgan Run area of Patapsco Valley, Susquehanna, Janes Island and New Germany.

Parks that were not reopened are Gathland, Washington Monument, Cedarville and the McKeldin area of Patpasco Valley.

* Fourteen states along the Atlantic Flyway and several provinces in Canada have joined in a cooperative study of resident and migratory Canada geese as part of a continuing effort to gauge the movement and longevity of these waterfowl.

During this study, which will focus primarily on resident birds, Canada geese will be captured this summer and tagged while they are molting their wing feathers and are less mobile.

Traditionally, resident Canada geese have been studied less than the migratory birds that nest in northern Canada and migrate south when the weather becomes too harsh.

Cooperating states and provinces will hire observers to patrol important goose areas and record sightings of the white neck bands.

Wildlife biologists hope that the tagging studies of resident and migratory birds will provide a comparison of movements and survival rates of the two segments of the Canada goose population.

* On Friday and Saturday, the Anglers Art Book and Tackle Fair will be held at the Embers Convention Center near Carlisle, Pa. The Friday night session, from 5 to 9 p.m., requires a reservation, but the Saturday session, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is open to general admission.

The show includes a grand selection of new and used tackle, thousands of books (including those out of print) and demonstrations on tactics, tackle building and other subjects.

Joe Humphreys, Ed Koch and Charley Meck are among the authors who will be on hand to sign their books and talk fishing.

For more information, call (800) 848-1020. The Embers Conventions Center is one-quarter mile north of the U.S. Route 11 exit from Interstate 81.

* MISCELLANEOUS: The DNR Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs program for children ages 7-12 will begin on July 8 at Middle Branch Park. Sessions are limited to 15 children and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Morning sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon and for children 7-9. Afternoon sessions are from 1 to 4 and for children 10-12. . . .The Maryland Retriever Club will hold a free training clinic and field trials on Saturday at Walnut Avenue and Park Heights Avenue at 9 a.m. For more information, call (301) 242-8513. . . .The new fish lift at Conowingo Dam has helped set a record for shad passage. Through June 7, 27,227 American shad had been collected and transported and released 50 miles up the Susquehanna River. The number represents a 70.5 percent increase over last year.

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