Fish for Fun Day Lands Big Success in Mon

Morgantown Dominion Post
17 May 2012

Letter to the Editor

CONSOL Energy wants to thank the many community partners, volunteers and participants who helped make our very first Fish for Fun Day on May 5, at Lake Wilma in Blacksville, such a tremendous success.

We wish to recognize our community partners who contributed to a very successful event, including, Blacksville Volunteer Fire Department, Cabela’s, Clay-Battelle Band , Clay-Battelle Band Boosters, Chris Higbee, Joe Statler, Joe Rigg’s Tackle and Bait Shop, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Game Commission, West Virginia Department of Safety and Health, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and WVU’s Monongalia County Extension Agency.

We extend our sincere appreciation to the Blacksville community for its interest and participation in this inaugural event.

More than 800 children and adults turned out to cast their lines for the biggest catch.

For nearly 150 years, CONSOL Energy has been an integral part of this region — and we are proud to share the heritage of the outdoors through our state agency-enrolled properties in West Virginia and Pennsylvania — so that activities like hunting and fishing can be passed on to future generations.

Lake Wilma is a former freshwater impoundment of Blacksville mine that is enrolled with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. It can be enjoyed by the public for fishing and other outdoor activities year-round.

Also, within the immediate area, we have joined with the DNR to establish the Pedlar Run Wildlife Management Area, a 766-acre expanse which includes family fishing lakes in western Monongalia County.

Again, we extend our gratitude to the many community partners and area families who participated in the first-ever Fish for Fun Day.

Miranda L. Kessel CONSOL Energy Morgantown