2005-05-20 / Columnists

On The Bayfront

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has to offer. Studies have shown that people are more likely to protect natural resources if they feel a personal connection to them. This is why programs like I Fish NY are so important. Just one day of fishing can lead to a lifetime of environmental stewardship.

I Fish NY is part of DEC’s new Statewide Angler Education Program, which will be developed over the next several years. Through this program, young anglers across the state will have the opportunity to improve their angling skills by independently mastering various angling skills and activities.

Similar to the Boy Scouts’ and Girl Scouts’ badges, participants will receive formal recognition upon reaching each of the skill milestones and upon completion of the program.

Don’t forget to take a kid fishing. It’s such a rewarding experience for the both of you!

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