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Governor Corbett tours Frances Slocum State Park as part of kayaking trip
Governor Tom Corbett visited Frances Slocum State Park last week as part of his three-day tour through Northeastern Pennsylvania to promote the state’s tourism and environment.

Accompanied by DCNR Secretary Richard Allan, the governor visited key points in the park, beginning with the Frances Slocum State Nature Center.

“I am astounded by the natural beauty that Pennsylvania has to offer each time I visit one of our state parks,” Corbett said. “It’s my hope that all of our residents can take advantage of our park system and spend some time outdoors, whether it be hiking, camping, kayaking or just simply relaxing and enjoying nature.” Read more...

Lake at Cowans Gap State Park closed to all activities; park remains open
The Pennsylvania departments of Health and Conservation and Natural Resources have announced that the lake at Cowans Gap State Park, Fulton County, has been closed for recreational use until further notice. Read more...

Rural firefighters to benefit from federal grants awarded by DCNR
More than $669,000 will be awarded to help firefighters in Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan announced earlier this month. Read more...

Officials gather at South Bethlehem Greenway opening
DCNR Deputy Secretary Cindy Dunn joined Bethlehem officials in applauding the official opening of first two sections of the South Bethlehem Greenway. Read more...

ECO Camp helps them chart a career course through new woods and waters
Ask their favorite in a week of non-stop outdoors activities and you’re likely to get as many answers as the young campers gathered around you. Read more...

Also in the News

Pine Creek Trail listed as top place to hike in USA Today’s top designations piece
From sinuous, scenic paths to arduous, awe-inspiring treks, the country is ribboned with trails that beckon the casual and stalwart hiker alike. USA TODAY asked local experts to name one great place to hike in each state and the District of Columbia. And the pick for Pennsylvania, by state tourism spokeswoman Rebecca Porterfield: Pine Creek Gorge.

“The Pine Creek Gorge lives up to its name as Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon,” Porterfield said. “At about 50 miles long and more than 1,000 feet deep, the gorge offers impressive views of the Pennsylvania Wilds region's wildlife and old-growth forests. The Turkey Path  in Leonard Harrison State Park winds past waterfalls and other scenic features as it descends a mile to the canyon floor.”

For other state choices, visit here.

Paddle the Susquehanna with Jeff Corwin
To garner excitement for the Expedition Chesapeake project, the "EC" team is planning a series of kayak trips along the Susquehanna River—beginning at Cooperstown, New York and eventually ending at the Chesapeake Bay. The goal is to bring this exciting project—featuring an IMAX film, science displays, education materials and more—right into our backyard so the team can experience the watershed with citizens along the river as they continue to build the educational program for children. Joining the mini expeditions will be Emmy Award winner and international wildlife and ecology expert Jeff Corwin.

The first paddling trip is scheduled for Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 in Cooperstown, NY. Day 1 will begin in the afternoon with a paddle on Lake Otsego. Day 2 will continue on Lake Otsego and continue on through the headwaters of the Susquehanna River. The Expedition Chesapeake team is looking for volunteers to participate in the kayak trip. If you are interested in participating in some capacity or have any questions, please contact Kelly Silvis at (717) 234-4467. Each participant is responsible for his or her travel, lodging, kayak and any necessary gear.

Additional paddles are scheduled for the following dates:

  • September 8 & 9: Wilkes-Barre
  • September 28: Harrisburg
  • October 6 & 7: Havre de Grace
A facebook page on Expedition Chesapeake can be found here.

Agency Spotlight

Michaux State Forest
This state forest just has ne sais quoi.

Upcoming Events

Night Hike at French Creek State Park
A Get Outdoors PA eventAug. 19. Held 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Meet at the parking lot in front of the park office for a leisurely 1.5-mile walk near the Hopewell Lake. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a summer evening and learn about nocturnal wildlife through fun activities! Weather permitting, take a guided tour of the night sky. Flashlights are permitted, but will need to be covered with red cellophane (provided). Registration is required. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

2011 Pennsylvania Greenways & Trails Summit
Sept. 11-13. Held at the Yorktowne Hotel in York. Come and experience the first walk-able PA Greenways and Trails Summit in downtown York! The Summit offers three days of educational sessions, mobile workshops, networking opportunities, and many chances to experience downtown York on foot. The keynote speakers are: Daniel Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition; Barry J. Schoch, secretary of the Pa. Dept. Of Transportation; and DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allen. For more information, visit here.

August 17, 2011

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