Wednesday, January 18, 2012

PA Trout Unlimited Hosts 10th Keystone Coldwater Conference Feb. 24-25

PA Council of Trout Unlimited will be hosting the 10th Keystone Coldwater Conference February 24-25 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College.
            This year’s Conference will be titled “Responsible Land Use: Protecting Habitat and Native Species” focusing on issues and solutions to protecting our coldwater resources. The conference will feature presentations on stormwater management, buffer maintenance, pervious pavements, development, aquatic invasive species, and land use protection.
            The conference is designed for grassroots members from organizations such as; Trout Unlimited chapters, watershed organizations, sportsmen’s groups, along with environmental professionals across the state to come together to share new ideas and concepts dealing with protecting our coldwater resource.
            The conference will begin on Friday evening with a social reception. This will be a great opportunity to network with other individuals interested in protecting our resource and visit with exhibitors and poster presenters. 
            Saturday will begin with two keynote speakers; Dr. Steve Williams, President of the Wildlife Management Institute and Scott Stranko, Conservation biologist for Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Twelve breakout sessions will round off the morning and afternoon, with topics related to protecting habitat and native species. 
            Sponsors of the conference include: PA Council of Trout Unlimited, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, Fish and Boat Commission, PA Environment Digest: Crisci Associates, Donald & Sylvia Robinson Family Foundation, Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, Pennsylvania Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads, Trout Unlimited, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Whetzel Family Charitable Trust.
            Early registration fee, which covers Friday evening and all day Saturday, is $60.00 before January 31st, or $80.00 beginning February 1. A limited number of rooms are available at the Penn Stater for the special rate of $99.00 plus tax, per night, but only if you make your reservation by January 24. To reserve a room at this special rate, call 800-233-7505 or 814-863-5000 and use the identification number Key12b.
            For more information, to register, or to sign up as an exhibitor visit  the Keystone Coldwater Conference webpage.

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