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Pennsylvanians choose Delaware as 2011 River of the Year
The people have spoken: the Delaware River is Pennsylvania’s River of the Year for 2011.

Chosen for the first time through a public vote, the Delaware bested five other candidates in an online contest that saw more than 10,000 ballots cast from across the state. The Delaware received 2,520 votes.

The five other finalists were: Clarion River, Conewango Creek, Kiskiminetas River, Pine Creek, and the Stonycreek River. Read more...

Penn State University study says Pa. state parks draw $818 million in sales, support 10,000 jobs
Pennsylvania state parks draw an estimated 33.6 million visitors who spend more than $738 million annually, according to a recent economic impact report released by Penn State. Read more...

DCNR now accepting grant applications for community recreation, conservation projects
DCNR is now accepting applications for 2011 Community Conservation Partnership Program grants that assist county and local governments and non-profit organizations across the state with recreation and conservation projects. Read more...

Welcome signs of spring at the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle
Visitors to Pennsylvania’s Nature Inn at Bald Eagle in Centre County can enjoy an up-close experience with nature, no matter what the weather. Read more...

Bids are approved for projects at state parks, forests across Pa.
Aiming to upgrade facilities at state parks and forest districts, several bids have been approved recently. Read more...

DCNR names three new managers to oversee three state parks, environmental education center
With the arrival of the new year, three new managers took over the reins of three state parks and an environmental education center in western Pennsylvania. Read more...

Also in the News

State parks will be greener after tree planting contest
The final tally is in, and because of tremendous support from its citizens, Pennsylvania finished in second place in the Odwalla Plant a Tree campaign that ended in December. State Parks will have $30,656 for plantings. Each vote resulted in one dollar to purchase trees. Look for opportunities to plant the real trees this spring and fall at a state park near you. And gear up for another friendly competition, because Odwalla announced its commitment for a 2011 tree campaign.

More information is available on the Odwalla website.

Central Pennsylvania Conservancy unveils local forest products publication
Connecting healthy forests to the marketplace by sustainably harvesting and converting wood into quality products helps keep local forests healthy, beautiful and productive. This 32-page publication has listings of forest consultants, cabinet makers, millworks, lumber suppliers, wood working companies and many other diverse economies that utilize our forest resources so that interested residents can buy these products and services locally.

This new publication is a project of the conservancy in partnership with Penn State School of Forest Resources, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Capital Resource Conservation and Development Area Council, and was funded in part by the South Mountain Partnership.

Community Supported Forests in the South Mountain landscape, one of DCNR’s seven large landscape initiatives in the state, is an effort to build a region-wide focus on forests and the role they play in quality of life. South Mountain, the northern terminus of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a dominating and important feature in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York counties. The mountain has played a significant role in the region’s history and development. Communities surrounding the mountain have thrived because of the fertile limestone agricultural lands, the timber that fed the iron furnaces, the plentiful game and wildlife, and the abundance of pure spring water captured in the highlands and released into the valleys.

The publication can be downloaded here.

Developers and students invited to create mobile apps for
A contest to develop a mobile application to promote the use of Pennsylvania trails and enhance the fun that trail users can have while out and about is being held this spring by a consortium of trail, conservation, tourism and technology partners. The contest is being sponsored by Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, in partnership with DCNR and the Pennsylvania Tourism Office.

Developers everywhere and students at Pennsylvania universities are invited to submit entries by April 15. In addition to recognition, the winner will receive an Apple iPad.

“Pennsylvania has thousands of miles of trails for its citizens and visitors to enjoy,” said Brenda Barrett, DCNR's Director of the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. “While there is great information and maps of the trails available on the Internet at, this contest will help us take the next step to make trails information available to mobile users.”

The contest sponsors are hoping to see creative and innovative entries that combine existing trails data with other datasets and user driven content.  Developers who build contest entries can take advantage of statewide trail information recently compiled on Interested parties can find more information about the contest here. Questions can be directed to Charles Palmer, executive director of the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies at Harrisburg University, or Tom Ford at DCNR.

Agency Spotlight

Tioga State Forest
This forest is very much tied to the waterway that runs through it. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Spring Migration at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
A Get Outdoors PA eventMarch 5. Held 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Join us as we enjoy the sights and sounds of migrating waterfowl at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. Witness thousands of Snow Geese and Tundra Swans as well as a large variety of other waterfowl. Also, songbirds and raptors. Chance for Short-eared Owls and American Woodcocks for those who wish to stay with the leaders until dusk. Registration is required. To register, contact Rick Wiltraut at (610) 746-2810.

March 2, 2011

Agency Spotlight

Tioga State Forest

Tioga State Forest

This forest is very much tied to the waterway that runs through it. Read more...

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