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Marcellus Shale Commission issues final report
Lt. Governor Jim Cawley on July 22 released the final report of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, taking the first step toward developing a comprehensive and strategic plan for responsible natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania.

The unanimously-adopted report contains 96 policy recommendations that include tougher regulations for drilling, doubling fines for violations, creating jobs in related industries and promoting the use of natural gas vehicles.

“Today, Pennsylvania is taking an important, first step toward creating tens of thousands of jobs and leading the nation toward energy independence and doing so in an environmentally responsible way,” said Cawley. Read more...

Accord reached at Black Moshannon State Park sportsmen's club
DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan recently signed a lease with a sportsmen’s club at Black Moshannon State Park that paves the way for resumption of the long-standing tradition of trap shooting at the Centre County facility. Read more...

DCNR program encourages city teens to explore world of state parks
DCNR is again partnering with select Pennsylvania cities on an initiative to help urban teens discover and explore state parks. Read more...

TreeVitalize can help with riparian buffers, workshops set
A riparian buffer is a simple project that even private landowners can do to help preserve their property and water quality. Read more...

‘Travel Bugs’ from Pa Wilds go far and wide
Basse A. Beck is now in South West England, UK, spreading his message of cleaning up acid mine drainage and restoring migrating fish to Pennsylvania’s rivers. Read more...

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Game Commission and KECA join up to benefit elk and wildlife
Pennsylvania Game Commission Northcentral Region Director Dennis Dusza recently announced the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA), which operates the Elk Country Visitor Center near Benezette, Elk County, recently donated $20,000 to the Game Commission for elk habitat work.

“With the donated funds, we purchased a new 15-foot Brush Hog mower to be used mainly on State Game Land 311, which is in the heart of the elk range,” Dusza said.

Formed in December 2009, KECA works closely with regional school districts, the Game Commission, DCNR, its partners and regional and local communities to operate the Elk Country Visitor Center as a tourist destination. State Game Land 311 consists of 3,652 acres and was purchased by the Game Commission in cooperation with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to be managed for elk and all other wildlife species of this area.

For more information about KECA, visit

SRBC to conduct hearings on natural gas development
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) is reminding the public of a hearing to be conducted on August 4 to explain and receive public comments on proposed regulatory revisions, most of which regard the approval of natural gas projects, addition of new definitions, renewals of expiring approvals, restructuring of water source approvals and incorporation of certain policies and practices into regulation.

One public meeting was held at the Rachel Carson building in Harrisburg on August 2. The second public hearings will be held on:

  • August 4, 7:00 p.m., Holiday Inn Binghamton Downtown, 2-8 Hawley St., Binghamton, N.Y.
Persons planning to present oral testimony at the public hearings should provide prior notice, if possible, to Richard Cairo, General Counsel, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 1721 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17102, Phone: (717) 238-0423, ext 306, Fax: (717) 238-2436,

The proposed regulatory changes and a summary are available on SRBC’s web site at The changes are open for public comment through August 23.  Written comments can be submitted on or before August 23, 2010 to Richard Cairo.

Agency Spotlight

Moshannon State Forest
This forest has more to offer the outdoor enthusiast than a "moose stream." Read more...

Upcoming Events

Tree ID Hike at Ohiopyle State Park
A Get Outdoors PA eventAug. 6. Held 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Did you ever wonder as you were walking through Ohiopyle’s fabulous forest which trees were which? Join us to hike along and learn how to identify many of the trees in Ohiopyle. We’ll also tell you which tree you shouldn’t use for a marshmallow stick and which one is best used to kill vampire. For more information, contact Clyde Trout.

August 3, 2011

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