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Dr. Carol J. Kafer

Wrong Dr. Carol J. Kafer?


Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association

Employment History


  • Ph.D. , biology
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Pennsylvania Campaign for Clean Water, 7 Jan 2014 [cached]
Carol Kafer President Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association
Lycoming County > Watershed Management, 20 Nov 2013 [cached]
Carol Kafer, President P.O. Box 216 Montoursville, PA 17754
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Inergy's MARC 1 Pipeline At Crossroads « DC BureauDC Bureau, 1 Feb 2012 [cached]
Exposed Petroleum Pipeline from September Flooding in the Loyalsock Watershed in Lycoming County, Pa. (Photo credit: Carol Kafer)
Exposed Petroleum Pipeline from September Flooding in the Loyalsock Watershed in Lycoming County, Pa. (Photo credit: Carol Kafer)
Severe flooding from Tropical Storm Lee in early September washed away the road that Carol Kafer used to take to work in the rural hills of northern Pennsylvania. Raging waters exposed a petroleum pipeline near the roadbed, complicating repairs and delaying for weeks the reopening to traffic.
At least, Kafer says, the disaster may finally awaken the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to the potential environmental risks of a planned 39-mile natural gas pipeline, called the MARC 1, across her county.
On Sept. 20, Kafer sent FERC a picture of the swollen creek, washed out road and dangling pipe, adding, "Please delay granting a permit ... until it can be determined what the consequences of flooding will be to the MARC 1."
FERC can accommodate Kafer or McCaskill, not both.
Kafer has solid credentials as a local intervener. President of the Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association and a Ph.D. in biology, she first notified FERC of her concerns about the MARC 1 last October.
Those issues are closely related to points Kafer raised in a prescient June 28 letter to FERC. In it she warned of the danger of floods two months before they struck Sept. 8.
"The Loyalsock Watershed floods regularly," Kafer had written.
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Carol Kafer, the photographer, submitted the photo to FERC. In her comments to the commission, she identifies site as the Loyalsock Creek Watershed in Lycoming County, Pa., more specifically "a mile from my home, on Wallis Run Road very close to Butternut Grove Road.
September 20, 2010 - By CAROL ..., 20 Sept 2010 [cached]
September 20, 2010 - By CAROL J. KAFER - President, Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association Save |
The team consisted of William Choplick, Tom Choplick, Ethan Phillips, Harold and Fay Sausser, Carroll Kline, Jon Weaver, Ruth Rode, Bill Kocher and Rudy and Carol Kafer.
While one frog's calls may be ..., 17 Mar 2008 [cached]
While one frog's calls may be meant to attract another of the opposite gender, they may also draw in area biologists such as Dr. Carol J. Kafer, who has spent the last 10 years collecting data for the Pennsylvania Online Herpetological Atlas and the North American Amphibian Monitoring Project.
"During most of the year, amphibians are widely scattered," Kafer said."During the spring and early summer, however, most must return to shallow ponds or pools to breed.Listening for calling frogs and toads is a good way to locate breeding sites."
Kafer, who teaches biology as an associate professor, received a semesterlong sabbatical from Pennsylvania College of Technology to pursue a data collection survey to determine whether rare or endangered amphibian species live in the Loyalsock Creek watershed.
Choosing that creek was an easy decision for Kafer , she is president of the Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association, an organization dedicated to preserving and improving the stream and the creatures in its waters and along its banks.
"The problem is, the Loyalsock Creek watershed is 500 square miles," Kafer said."There are 400-plus ponds shown on the map."
Many more are too small to be mapped.Some are considered vernal pools , they dry up, therefore providing only temporary ,but crucial , habitat for species.
The breadth of the watershed inspired Kafer to seek outside help.She hopes that anyone who hears a frog calling in the spring or who spots an amphibian such as a salamander, newt or skink will give her a call."Many eyes and ears are much better than just one pair of each," she said.
Kafer is particularly hopeful that she'll be able to local the breeding grounds of any of several species considered rare or endangered in this part of the state.
One of these is the wood frog.Measuring roughly 2 inches long, the wood frog tends to be shades of brown, with a darker mask encircling its eye and ending behind its eardrum.
"They are one of the first frogs to sing in the spring," Kafer said.
Kafer also is on the lookout for spotted salamanders, which are black with yellow spots.They also use vernal pools and can grow to lengths of about 6 inches.
For her work with the North American Amphibian Monitoring Project, Kafer must be able to recognize the calls of different frog and toad species.In fact, she , and other volunteers , are tested yearly on their knowledge of frog calls and must pass the exam.
She offers a less rigorous approach for those who are interested in helping her this spring:
"The only way to keep Lycoming County beautiful and interesting is to get people who love the outdoors involved," Kafer said.
Under the official monitoring project, which is administered by the U.S. Geological Survey, searches for amphibians are held three times a year, Kafer said.Project coordinators decide where volunteers should go to listen and look.
There are many constraints in working with the project, she added.For instance, a survey can only be held if the temperature is 42 degrees or warmer, and it must begin at least a half hour after sunset.
These requirements, though, "are only for people who have been trained to submit data to the NAAMP," Kafer said.
"If we know where the breeding ponds are ... the vernal pools ... we should get busy and protect them," Kafer said.
She is working with these project, in part, to help "preserve wetlands, creeks and vernal pools.They are getting harder and harder to find.Some places in Pennsylvania are just all developed."
The Keystone State does have a few things going for it when it comes to conservation and preservation, however.The PA Wilds initiative , a 12-county endeavor to encourage tourism by promoting outdoor recreation , and, even more locally, the Lycoming County Recreation, Open Space, Parks and Greenways Plan, whose goal it whose goal it "is to encourage economic development in Lycoming County by increasing and enhancing greenways and providing more opportunities for outdoor recreation," Kafer added.
"This is a beautiful state," she said, "and identifying the habitat of rare or interesting kinds of amphibians and reptiles is necessary to help conserve our natural resources." Subscribe to Williamsport SunGazette
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