HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen^s Clubs today announced that, due to an overwhelming response, space will be extremely limited for members of the public interested in hearing the deer management presentation by Dr. Gary Alt at the Federation^s spring banquet on March 23, in Clarion, Clarion County.
"We encouraged the Game Commission to publicize Dr. Alt^s program at our spring meeting at the Holiday Inn in Clarion in the interest of offering more people an opportunity to hear the presentation," said Wayne Roberts, Federation executive director. "However, based on turn out at other programs Dr. Alt has held around the state and the limited space we have at the hotel, we already are nearly overbooked."
Roberts said that more than 175 Federation members are expected to attend the spring meeting, which means that fewer than 100 seats would be available to the public. He noted that the limited public seating will be available on a "first-come, first-served" basis.
"Beginning at noon, we will have a limited number of free coupons available at the Federation^s registration desk at the Holiday Inn in Clarion for the seating available for those interested in Dr. Alt^s program," Roberts said. The Holiday Inn is at 45 Holiday Inn Rd., Clarion.
Game Commission Executive Director Vern Ross suggested that others interested in attending one of Dr. Alt^s deer management presentations consider visiting one of the other programs scheduled through the end of March. Another event near Clarion is scheduled for Sunday, March 25, in Brockway, Jefferson County. The event will begin at 6 p.m., at the Brockway High School, 100 Alexander St., and will be co-hosted by Sen. Joe Scarnati and Rep. Sam Smith.
"At nearly all of the programs, we have seen crowds of 1,000 or more turn out to hear Dr. Alt and learn more about the Game Commission^s new approach to deer management," Ross said. "In terms of outreach, Dr. Alt^s programs have been a tremendous success, and plans for next year^s presentations are being considered now."
The remaining public presentations for Dr. Alt this year are:
Muncy, Lycoming County: Saturday, March 24, lectures at noon and 2 p.m., The Pennsylvania Outdoor Life Expo, Lycoming Mall, just off Route 180. Dr. Alt also will be available throughout the day to answer questions, and he will appear on a one-hour live special at 7 p.m. on WNEP-TV on March 24. The event is being hosted by "Pennsylvania Outdoor Life" program, which airs on WNEP-TV Channel 16;
North Strabane Township, Washington County: Thursday, March 29, 6:30 p.m., North Strabane Township Fire Hall, along Route 19. The event is being hosted by Rep. Timothy Solobay; and
Bedford, Bedford County: Friday, March 30, 6:30 p.m., Bedford High School, 330 East John St. The event is being hosted by Rep. Dick Hess.
In addition, Dr. Alt is scheduled to appear on the Pennsylvania Cable Network^s weekly "PCN Call-In Program" on Thursday, March 22, to discuss the new direction of the Commission^s deer management program and to answer questions from callers. The program will air at 7 p.m. (Please check local listings for the PCN channel in your area.) The toll-free telephone number for callers is 1-888-730-1310. # # #