The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association presents a Salmon School each year as part of its Expo and Flea Market held in late January. This year, LOTSA planners have put together a school to be held during the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at Conference and Event Center in Niagara Falls Jan. 24 to 26.

Speakers for this year’s Salmon School will be Capt. Dan Keating of Blue Horizon Sportfishing and Dave Mull of Great Lakes Angler Magazine. The school will be conducted on Jan. 25.

LOTSA has held this school for the past six years and registrations fill early. For more information and registration details, go to

Basic tree schooling

Experienced and novice groups considering tree-planting planning and project conduct have a “Back to Basics: How Professionals and Beginners Do It” tree management workshop scheduled for Friday at the Forest Lawn Cemetery Chapel Building, 1411 Delaware Ave.

Registration begins at 8 a.m.; instruction goes from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Experts focus on street trees, grant presentations and sources, application submissions and project work, plus many other aspects of program conduct for professionals, municipal staff, foresters and community tree enthusiasts.

For more information on this Region 9 Re-Leaf workshop, call Region 9 DEC Forester Pat Marren at 851-7010.

Arbor Day poster contest

Artistic students in fifth grade across New York State can illustrate their talents in a Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Agriculture and Markets sponsored contest to celebrate National Arbor Day.

This year’s contest theme is “New York’s Forest Where We Live.” Students are encouraged to design a poster to highlight this theme. Poster entries must be submitted by Dec. 17.

To obtain a contest packet, call Sally Kellogg at (518) 402-9425 or go to

Hunters meat minded

Responsive Management conducted a telephone survey national to determine why people go hunting. The 2013 studies revealed that among all leading reasons “obtaining meat” was top choice for respondents.

Factors cited for meat ranking above trophy status or bonding with fellow hunters included the recession, the Locavore (food grown locally) Movement, and more women hunting.

For detailed results, go to