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DCNR Secretary visits, gets update on successes in the Pennsylvania Wilds
DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan and a number of officials spent Aug. 24 and 25 in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

The first stop was the Elk Country Visitor Center in Elk County to preview the upcoming elk-viewing season and see the center’s new exhibits.

There, Allan met the leadership of DCNR’s partner the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and learned about the economic impact and potential of both public and private investments in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

“I wanted to see and hear about the tremendous success we are experiencing at the Elk Country Visitor Center, including a phenomenal number of visitors from all over the world, and the increased amount of economic activity this world-class destination is bringing to this region,” Allan said. Read more...

DCNR, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy celebrate protection of streamside land in Somerset County
DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan this week announced that 137 acres in Jefferson Township, Somerset County, including about 2,000 feet of land along Laurel Hill Creek, is being transferred from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and will be added to Laurel Hill State Park. Read more...

DCNR helps to celebrate key trail link in Lehigh Valley
Dedicate a new section of a popular long-distance trail and you are guaranteed many things: dignitaries, ribbon cutting, speeches and lots of people anxious to cruise on the new link. Read more...

Spend Labor Day weekend around South Mountain
A packed line up of free programmed events or door prizes at over 60 participating sites will kick off South Mountain Outdoors on Labor Day Weekend. Read more...

Partnerships encouraging city youth to explore the world of Pa. state parks
Lelia Favors sat alone on a tree stump, resting, watching, reflecting. Read more...

Also in the News

PPFF levels a ‘Great Pennsylvania Outdoor Challenge’
What do the outdoors, 30 X 30, physical activity, and a month-long challenge have in common? They combine to form a better YOU!

The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) introduces the 4th annual Great Pennsylvania Outdoor Challenge (GPOC), starting on Saturday, September 10, and concluding on Sunday, October 9, and invites you to participate in support of our commonwealth’s parks and forests. You are invited to make a 30-minutes-per-day for 30-days investment in your future, personal health and well-being. At the end of it, not only will you be on the way to creating a better YOU, but you also will have made an investment in the future of outdoor recreational opportunities in Pennsylvania’s parks and forests.

Find out more about the GPOC, view the activities and events calendar, and register at

Agency Spotlight

Tiadaghton State Forest
This forest welcomes both the renowned Pine Creek and the West Branch of the Susquehanna. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Star Party at Marsh Creek State Park
A Get Outdoors PA eventSept. 3. Held 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. Join your neighbors at the lower parking lot at Marsh Creek State Park in Eagle, Chester County for an exciting evening exploring the wonders of the heavens. Watch a sunset become a star-laced sky, view planets, star clusters and galaxies using our members' telescopes and live-view star cameras. There will be activities to thrill and challenge all ages, so don't miss out! This event is free of charge provided to the community by your neighbors who are members of the Chesmont Astronomical Society. Because these events are clear, dark sky, weather-dependent, be sure to check the website after 5:00 p.m. for last minute schedule changes. For a complete schedule and driving directions, visit here. Contact the Chesmont Astronomical Society for questions or concerns about the star party (please do not use this email for park-related questions).

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 31, 2011

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