Aquashicola/Pohopoco Watershed Conservancy
Po Box 360
Kresgeville, Pa. 18333
I am pleased to support your Petition to redesignate the Aquashicola Creek (from the headwaters to the confluence with Buckwha Creek) from a High Quality Cold Water Fishery to Exceptional Value status. I agree that these waters should be given the highest level of protection for the following reasons:
A) US Fish & Wildlife and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission have determined that bog turtles (listed as threatened by the federal Endangered Species Act) inhabit the watershed.
B) The upper eight miles of the Aquashicola Creek are within the newly created Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge and contain various wetlands of ecological significance.
C) The Aquashicola is listed by Pa F&B as a Naturally Reproducing Trout Stream, and includes a section designated as a Class A Wild Trout Stream.
D) The Aquashicola is bounded by Kittatinny Ridge/ Blue Mountain which contains the Appalachian Trail and is a major migratory bird corridor known as the Atlantic Flyway.
I hope that you will convey my support to the decision making bodies.