Friday, July 4, 2014

THE FOREST FIRE PREVENTION PLEDGE

This weathered poster in the Discovery Center is really appropriate for the Fourth of July
It's hard to read the text in the photo, but here's what it says:

THE FOREST FIRE PREVENTION PLEDGE

"I give my pledge as a citizen to faithfully protect my country's forests, waters and wildlife and to do all in my power to prevent their waste and destruction from the ravages of forests."

Thursday, July 3, 2014

2014 Golf Tournament

Here are pictures from the 2014 PAFFMA Golf Tournament at Rich Valley Golf Course. It was a bright, sunny, and very hot day! The golf and the food was great and we are looking forward to 2015.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hitting the Target

This summer, putting out a backback pump at the Discovery Center for children to try has proved very popular. PAFFMA president Jack Graham made a target to aim for. We put some Smoky Bear stickers on it. Below, Jack demonstrates the right way to do it.


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Monday, May 26, 2014

From Our Collections

The PAFFMA has a very extensive collection that can't all be displayed in the Discovery Center. At the last board meeting the members did check out the items in storage at the Bureau of Forestry District 1 office.

Pictured above is a Forest Reserve Officer Badge. According to PAFFMA President Jack Graham:

The accompanying paperwork indicates it MAY have been the actual badge assigned to and perhaps actually worn by Gifford Pinchot. The penciled letter we found folded up with the badge had accompanied it when it was sent from (I believe) the then (1960ish) Stroudsburg District Forester Jerry Robinson to Eugene McNamara. “Mac” had been the Stroudsburg District Forester before Jerry. The letter appears to be signed “GRR” which is how Jerry signed everything. Very coincidentally, I worked for Jerry Robinson for many years after he switched to State Parks. He is now passed on, but I sent a copy of the letter to his wife to see if she can confirm the handwriting and thus the authorship of the letter. 

We will follow up when we know more about the badge.

Friday, May 16, 2014

New Flowers

Today we planted some new annual flowers in the historic planters in front of the Discovery Center. With luck they will last the whole season!







Last night we had some very strong rains which caused flooding along the Conococheague Creek. Here is how it looked in Caledonia State Park.



Thursday, May 15, 2014

May Board Meeting

The May PAFFMA Board meeting was held at the PA Bureau of Forestry Division 1 office in the Michaux State Forest in Fayetteville. After the business meeting the board members took a look at the museum artifacts stored in containers at the office. Among the items are the voluminous files from Steve Cumming's house that are now in temporary storage at the Division 1 office. We have a lot of work to do to provide permanent storage!


 

Also,  the Board would like to thank member Beverly Spicer for her generous contribution to providing sales items aimed more at women and children for the Discovery Center!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Visit from the Cumberland Valley Woodland Owners Association

Yesterday, about ten members of the Cumberland Valley Woodland Owners Association visited the Center after touring the new, highly efficient, EPA rated,  wood furnace in the Caledonia Park maintenance building. This furnace also provides heat for the Discovery Center.






Thanks to PFA members Roy Seifert, Bill Parr, Jim Foose, Norm Lacasse and Peter Linehan for volunteering!