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Smart phone mobile app now available for Pennsylvania state parks and forests
DCNR is partnering with the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and ParksByNature Network to offer a state parks and forests mobile app for smart phones.

“This mobile app will allow our visitors, while they are on-the-go, to search for park and forest locations; activities and events; get directions; share photos and even make a reservation,” DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan said. “This project supports our conservation initiatives by reducing the need for printed material; provides the opportunity to use technology to better connect with visitors; and creates an additional revenue stream for DCNR.”

The software has both free and paid versions that are available through the Apple App Store and Android market. The paid version, which includes additional GPS features, costs $3.99. Read more...

DCNR appoints new manager at R.B. Winter State Park complex
DCNR recently named Michael Crowley as manager of the R.B. Winter State Park Complex based in Union County. He is former manager of Tyler State Park, Bucks County. Read more...

Junior paddlers float on first Yellow Breeches Youth Sojourn
DCNR, Yellow Breeches Watershed Association, and Blue Mountain Outfitters recently hosted the first sojourn specifically for youth. Read more...

100-plus and counting: state park visitors keep crossing them off
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Also in the News

Gov. Corbett says Pa. is committed to protecting Chesapeake Bay’s health
Governor Tom Corbett on July 11 attended the Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council Meeting in Richmond, Va., where he spoke about Pennsylvania’s continuing efforts to improve the bay’s health. He met with fellow members of the council, Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, Pennsylvania State Sen. Michael Brubaker, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson.

Corbett updated the council on Pennsylvania’s leadership in reducing phosphate, nitrogen and sediment discharges into the Chesapeake Bay watershed and on implementing a nutrient credit trading program. Pennsylvania is the first state to develop such a program, where individuals, companies and organizations use a market-based approach to reduce pollution to the bay. Along with other states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Pennsylvania is required to develop a program to ensure the state stays below federally allocated daily limits of nitrogen and phosphorus loads to the watershed. Such nutrients contribute to poor water quality and algal bloom in the bay, creating low-oxygen dead zones and severely impacting the estuary’s health.

Pennsylvania has developed the nation’s largest conservation resource enhancement program, using a targeted approach encouraging and enforcing best management practices along stream-edge areas. The state’s agricultural sector has made great strides, achieving 80 percent of all nitrogen load reductions in the state and 55 percent of all such reductions across the watershed. The council, which meets annually, discussed interstate and federal approaches and partnerships needed to improve the bay.

Agency Spotlight

Loyalsock State Forest
While the Endless Mountains technically don't go on forever, this forest's natural beauty seems to. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Family Fishing Program at Hills Creek State Park
A Get Outdoors PA eventJuly 9. Held 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Discover just how much fun fishing can be when you do it together at a PFBC Family Fishing Program. Learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting, baiting the hook, and taking a fish off the hook. You and your family will have the opportunity to fish – no fishing license required. All equipment provided. The “catch???” Adults must bring a child and children must bring an adult. You’ll be learning and fishing together. Fish filleting and cooking to follow. Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Sugarbush Pavilion. For more information, contact

July 20, 2011

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