CONSOL Energy, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy team up for 'Fish For Fun' event
Children ages 12 and under grabbed their reels and joined CONSOL Energy Inc. and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for a free fishing tournament in Indiana County’s Blue Spruce Park.
The Pittsburgh-based producer of coal and gas and the nonprofit conservation organization hosted the Fish for Fun event Saturday, May 25, at the lake in Blue Spruce Park. Visitors helped organizers stock the lake at 9 a.m. and the youth fishing tournament was held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“This is a great way for the community to come together and enjoy Western Pennsylvania’s natural resources,” said Laural Ziemba, director of community relations at CONSOL. “We at CONSOL Energy are proud of our longstanding relationship with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. We also recognize the importance of regional amenities such as Blue Spruce Park and, through this partnership, wish to provide the community with a fun, family-focused activity such as this fishing derby.”
The free, public event featured family fun, fishing, prizes and live entertainment by Chris Higbee. Participants also ate for free. Kids were divided into age categories and prizes were awarded to the biggest fish and tagged fish.
Other event partners included the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Gander Mountain, Chris Higbee and Streamside Supply.
This was the third Fish for Fun event hosted by CONSOL; the first was held last spring and another event was held April 27 in Blacksville, W. Va.
The Conservancy, which houses its Watershed Conservation Program in Indiana County, offers a full range of services to the community including watershed assessments, watershed conservation plans, streambank restoration projects, aquatic species surveys, as well as technical assistance for landowners and local watershed organizations.
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About CONSOL Energy:
CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) is a Pittsburgh-based producer of coal and natural gas. It has 12 bituminous coal mining complexes in four states and reports proven and probable coal reserves of 4.2 billion tons. The company's premium Appalachian coals are sold worldwide to electricity generators and steelmakers. In natural gas, CONSOL Energy has transformed itself from a pure-play coalbed methane producer to a full-fledged exploration and production company. The company is a leading producer in the Marcellus Shale and is transitioning its active exploration program into development mode in the Utica Shale. CONSOL Energy has proved natural gas reserves of 4.0 trillion cubic feet. Operational safety is the company's top core value and CONSOL Energy boasts a record of almost two times better than the industry average for underground bituminous coal mines. CONSOL Energy is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Equity Index and the Fortune 500. Additional information about CONSOL Energy can be found at its Web site: www.CONSOLEnergy.com.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish ten state parks, conserved more than 233,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 135 community gardens and green spaces that are planted with the help of 13,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.