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Hunters Connect with the Chesapeake Bay By Cindy Ross FISHERMAN on the First Fork of the Sinnemahoning in Clinton County has a pretty clear understanding that what happens in his stream dramatically affects the water downstream in the Chesapeake Bay. But we, as hunters, fit in too. In order to see the bigger picture, we need to take a big step away from the stream and enter the vegetated riparian buffer next to the water or, better yet, the forest itself. The forest, the critters and how hunters care for them affects the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Exactly how are we connected to the Bay and why we should care in the first place? The Chesapeake Bay is North America’s largest and most biologically diverse estuary. It drains an enormous 64,000-square-mile watershed, and the Susquehanna River provides about 50 percent of the water draining in — about 19 million gallons a minute. More than 16.6 million people call the watershed home, with 170,000 new folks moving in each year. Everyone in the watershed lives just a few minutes from one of the more than 100,000 streams and rivers that drain into the Bay. Each of these tributaries can be considered a pipeline from our human communities to the Bay. The Bay supports more than 3,600 species of plants, fish and animals. Every year, one million waterfowl winter in the Bay region. It is truly a “national treasure.” Yet, everything we do on the land, including how we live and how we use automobiles, fertilizers, pesticides, toilets, water and electricity — affects our streams, rivers and the Bay. We are responsible for the health of the Bay, and it is very sick. It has been on life support for decades. When John Smith traveled the Bay 400 years ago, he wrote that oysters “lay as thick as stones,” and that sturgeon were plentiful — “more than could be devoured by dog or man.” Now, the Bay is a lot emptier and many species are poisoned. Leaking sewer lines contaminate the Bay with human waste, spurring outbreaks of diseasecausing human pathogens, some that are life threatening. Last summer, bacteria in the Bay waters were responsible for creating skin and blood infections and intestinal illnesses in swimmers and fishermen. The Bay is also polluted with nutrients from farmlands and developed lands, along with sediment caused by stormwater runoff. The State of the Chesapeake Forests report in 2006 explains that the cure for the ills plaguing the Bay can be found in our trees. Forests are the most beneficial land use in restoring the Bay, for they protect GAME NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
The Scofflaws
The Last Shot
Hunters Connect with the Chesapeake Bay
Chasing the Dream
The Barberry Grouse
Mentored Youth Program Gobbler
The A Team
Hand-Me-Downs
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Scofflaws
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Last Shot
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Hunters Connect with the Chesapeake Bay
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Chasing the Dream
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Barberry Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Mentored Youth Program Gobbler
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The A Team
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Hand-Me-Downs
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Fun Game
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2010 - Crossings
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