Wolf Administration Highlights Work to Improve Hellbender Habitat

first_img Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA– On the eve of the bill signing ceremony recognizing the Eastern hellbender salamander as the state amphibian, the Wolf Administration is highlighting the importance of clean water to the species.“Hellbenders need clean water to thrive and survive, and DEP has been working to improve water quality throughout the salamander’s range,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Naming the hellbender the official state amphibian is a great way to draw attention to the types of projects that help provide the clear, clean water that DEP and partner organizations have made possible.”Governor Wolf will sign the bill tomorrow to officially name the Hellbender as Pennsylvania’s state amphibian. He will be joined by high school students that led the legislative push to raise awareness about the importance of clean waterways.Sediment pollution in water can choke hellbenders and bury their eggs in riverbeds, threatening their populations. Projects that reduce sediment, such as planting trees along streambanks and repairing eroded banks, can improve hellbender habitat.Loyalsock Creek, recently named River of the Year for 2018, is a prime example of a waterway that has been improved through DEP grants and partnerships throughout the watershed. Projects in recent years that have improved hellbender habitat have included work on Wallis Run, Mill Creek, Asaph Run, Babb Creek, and Marsh Creek.“Hellbenders need clean, fresh water to thrive, just like people do,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “The work that DEP and partners have done to improve water quality throughout Pennsylvania is making our streams and river better for people, better for fish, and better for hellbenders.”“But there is a lot more work that needs to be done to continue to improve Pennsylvania waterways, and it will require a tremendous investment. Governor Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania initiative would devote funds to water quality projects, as well as addressing other pressing infrastructure and economic development needs,” said McDonnell. Wolf Administration Highlights Work to Improve Hellbender Habitat April 22, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Former Chief Magistrate among 4 appointed Senior Counsel

first_imgIn keeping with a promise to make annual appointments of senior counsels, President David Granger has conferred four long-serving legal practitioners with ‘Silk’. These appointments will take effect from January 1, 2018.Fitz Peters, SCAmong the newly appointed senior counsels is former Chief Magistrate Kalam Azad Juman Yassin, who was admitted to the local Bar in 1971. Yassin is currently the President of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) – a post he has held since 1996.Attorney Fitz Le Roy Peters was also conferred with Senior Counsel status and in his 36 years as a legal practitioner, has held the post of Deputy Solicitor General at the Legal Affairs Ministry for 10 years before starting private practice in 1998 to date.Josephine Whitehead, SCThe other newly conferred Senior Counsel is Attorney Andrew Mark Fitzgerald Pollard, who has over 30 years of experience in civil and commercial practice. Given his specialty in commercial and company law, he holds the post of Director in several local corporations including Guyana Stockfeeds Inc, Sterling Products Limited, and Croesus Minerals Inc.The final Senior Counsel appointment is Attorney Josephine Whitehead. She is a former law lecturer at the University of Guyana (UG) and also a founding member of the Guyana Legal Aid Clinic, as well as its secretary.K A Juman Yassin, SCAccording to a missive from the Ministry of the Presidency on Saturday, these persons were conferred with ‘Silk’ by the Head of State after he considered their high quality of service in the legal profession and having confidence in their knowledge of the law.This recent appointment is the second group of legal practitioners to be elevated to the status of Senior Counsel by President Granger. Back in January 2017, he appointed nine senior counsels.Those conferring with ‘Silk’ earlier this year were Neil Aubrey Boston, Charles John Ethelwood Fung-A-Fat, Justice Alison Roxane McLean George-Wiltshire, Clifton Mortimer Llewelyn John, Rafiq Turhan Khan, Vidyanand Persaud, Rosalie Robertson, Justice Claudette Singh, and Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams.last_img read more