Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Unveiling the Ralph W. Abele Historic Marker

On Tuesday a Pennsylvania historic marker was unveiled honoring former Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Ralph W. Abele (1921-1990) in a dedication ceremony at PFBC headquarters in Harrisburg.
Frederick Powell, PA Historical & Museum Commission, formally unveils the Abele Historic Marker and reads the marker text--
Ralph W. Abele (1921-1990) Conservation leader and Pennsylvania Fish commission executive director, 1972-87. Abele's "Resource First" philosophy strengthened the agency's mission to protect, conserve and enhance water quality, improve fish passage and increase youth conservation education.  Notable achievements included modernizing the Fish and boat Code, emphasizing conservation enforcement and leading efforts to restore American shad to the Susquehanna River.
Watch the remarks of these speakers at this special event--
-- John Arway, Executive Director, Fish & Boat Commission
-- Franklin Kury, former Senator and Representative
-- Larry Schweiger, National Wildlife Federation President & CEO
-- Dennis Guise, Ralph W. Abele Conservation Scholarship Fund
-- Frederick Powell, PA Historical & Museum Commission
-- Cindy Dunn, DCNR, reading a letter from Susan Q. Stranahan, former Philadelphia Inquirer environment reporter and author of Susquehanna River of Dreams
-- Ralph Abele Jr, on behalf of the family