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DCNR unveils new twist on CSI: Citizen Science Investigators
DCNR hopes citizens will make everyday observations about plants, wildlife and weather as a Citizen Science Investigator (CSI)—the latest initiative of iConserve Pennsylvania, an effort to inspire each of us to take conservation personally.

“To better understand changes in the natural world, we need the observations of everyday people,” DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said. “Around Pennsylvania, scientists and citizen scientists are contributing all kinds of information about plants, wildlife, and weather that is shedding light on big issues. Ultimately, the secrets that are uncovered might aid in the conservation of all living things.”

As visitors to the iConserve Pennsylvania website and programs at state parks learn about citizen science and the simple conservation actions they can take to lower their carbon footprint, they have the chance to win some great prizes donated by partners for the CSI Super Sleuth Sweepstakes. Read more...

Tropical Storm Lee leaves state parks awash in central, eastern Pa.
Several state parks remain closed and cleanups and damage assessments continue in the wake of Tropical Storm Lee’s torrential rains and flooding in central and eastern Pennsylvania. Read more...

Ohiopyle borough park, highway improvements celebrated
Ohiopyle Borough, the portal to busy Ohiopyle State Park, recently celebrated newly completed improvements that will enhance visitor safety and the quality of life for residents. Read more...

DCNR celebrates dedication of renovated West Philadelphia park
DCNR joined the city Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of Clara Muhammad Square in a dedication of the newly renovated 3.6-acre Clara Muhammad Square in West Philadelphia on Sept. 10. Read more...

Café at the Point to open at Point State Park
Point State Park’s first-ever café and dining patio is ready for operation with a Grand Opening celebration scheduled for Sept. 16 at 11:30 a.m., DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan announced this week. Read more...

DCNR to present Trail Challenge Award to accomplished hiker
A former Washington County resident who hiked all 18 major state forest trails is being recognized for the achievement by a statewide hiking organization and DCNR. Read more...

Also in the News

Landslides more prevalent during periods of heavy rain
Last week’s heavy rains and flooding have increased the danger of landslides on moderate to steep slopes, according to scientists in DCNR's Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey.

“Landslides could be an issue in areas not otherwise susceptible to them, particularly in central and eastern Pennsylvania,” DCNR Senior Geologist Helen Delano said.

Delano noted mountainous areas with steep slopes are the places with the greatest possibility of shallow mud and debris slides, and rock falls. Movement of shallow landslides is most likely to initiate during periods of intense rainfall, but movement of deeper landslides can occur later as water pressure in pores in rock rise in response to the rainfall.

Delano noted motorists should be alert for rocks and debris and downed trees on roads, or collapsed pavement or guard rails along roads, particularly on roads that border steep embankments. Property owners with steep slopes may want to have a ground assessment done for their property. The county geologist or county planning department may have specific information on areas vulnerable to landsliding. Consult a professional geotechnical expert for opinions and advice on landslide problems and on corrective measures you can take.

More information about landslides is available here. For additional information about geology in Pennsylvania, visit of the Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey online here.

Coldwater Heritage Partnership announces opening of 2012 grant program
The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) announces the opening of the 2012 Coldwater Conservation Grants Program. The program provides two grant opportunities, which help to protect and conserve the health of Pennsylvania’s coldwater ecosystems.

The two grant opportunities are:

  • Planning Grant – designed to help develop a conservation plan that identifies the values and threats that impact the health of our coldwater ecosystems that have naturally reproducing trout. The collected information can be used as a catalyst for more comprehensive planning or for development of watershed improvements projects.
  • Implementation grant – designed to provide funding to projects identified in completed coldwater conservation plans. Potential projects must enhance, conserve or protect the coldwater stream for which the coldwater conservation plan was originally completed.
Applications for grants will be accepted through December 16, 2011. The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) urges watershed groups, conservation districts, municipalities and local chapters of Trout Unlimited to apply. For more information, contact PATU Coldwater Resource Specialist Samantha Kutskel at (814) 359-5233, or visit the Coldwater Heritage Partnership website.

Agency Spotlight

Tuscarora State Forest
This ridge-and-valley forest is in the middle of the state...and has a little bit of everything. Read more...

Upcoming Events

The Big Trees at McConnells Mill State Park
A Get Outdoors PA eventSept. 17. Held 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. McConnells Mill State Park, in the beautiful Slippery Rock Gorge, is home to several record-breaking trees. Meet at the parking lot above Breakneck & Eckert Bridges for a hike into the woods in search of some grand old trees. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and perhaps a camera & binoculars, as we will be hiking to visit them in their own territory.

McKean County hosts Roach-Bauer Forestry Forum
Oct. 20 (Registration by Oct. 13). Held at the Kane Country Club. The forum will host a panel of speakers consisting of Drs. Pat Brose, Kurt Gottschalk, and Gary Miller—all three scientists are research foresters for the Northern Research Station at the Morgantown, W.Va., or Irvine, Pa., units.  The panel topics will provide an overview of their oak regeneration research projects for the past 10-12 years as they pertain to the major overhaul of SILVAH.

The Kane Country Club is located on U.S. Route 6 about three miles east of Kane, Pa.  Reservations are required!  Early reservations received on or before Thursday, October 6, will be $24.00.  Reservations received after October 6 will be $25.00. No reservations will be accepted after October 13. The cost for full-time students pursuing a natural resource degree is $6.00. For reservations, contact the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group, PO Box 133, Kane, Pa., 16735, at (814) 837-8550 or FAX (814) 837-4950, or e-mail.

2011 Pennsylvania Greenways & Trails Summit
Oct. 23-25 (Rescheduled.). 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.

September 14, 2011

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