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Visitors invited to walk out and observe valley below on restored portion of viaduct at Kinzua Bridge State Park in McKean County
DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan invited visitors to a new experience at Kinzua Bridge State Park – a stroll out into Kinzua Gorge on a pedestrian walkway with a glass-bottom observation area. Kinzua Bridge State Park is one of DCNR’s key investment areas in the Pennsylvania Wilds and along PA Route 6 heritage corridor.

“We are excited that eight years after the historic railroad viaduct at Kinzua Bridge State Park was damaged by a tornado, visitors can experience, in a new way, what the structure once was, and also understand the power of the forces of nature that claimed a portion of it,” Allan said at a ribbon-cutting and grand re-opening celebration this month at the park.

The 329-acre Kinzua Bridge State Park features remnants of the 2,053-foot long viaduct that was first built of iron in 1882, and then rebuilt of steel in 1900. Read more...

DCNR secretary invites National Public Lands Day participation
Volunteers had the opportunity to improve state parks by taking part in National Public Lands Day events across Pennsylvania on Saturday, Sept. 24. Read more...

DCNR makes aerial images available to help public assess flood damage
DCNR is making aerial images collected between December 2009 and April 2010 available to the public for use in assessing flood damage resulting from Tropical Storm Lee. Read more...

New passport program offers Pennsylvania families opportunities for recreation
The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) is now issuing passports—an easy and fun way to visit Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests. Read more...

Colonel Denning State Park again hosting ‘Bark in the Park’
Bark in the Park, a unique fund-raising event that brought dogs of all shapes and sizes and their owners to Colonel Dennis State Park when it debuted last year, will be returning Saturday to the Cumberland County facility where more than 500 pet-owners gathered in 2010. Read more...

Trail dedication to honor woman’s fight to preserve Goat Hill tract
Rose Chase, a West Nottingham Township resident who campaigned long and hard for preservation of the Goat Hill section of the Serpentine Barrens in southern Chester County, will be honored Saturday when the Rose Trail stretching through the tract is dedicated in her name. Read more...

Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center supervisor honored by conservancy
Bill Sweeney, program supervisor since 1999 at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, Northampton County, was presented the Bushkill Stream Conservancy’s Bennett-Merwarth Award for Excellence in Conservation Leadership at the conservancy’s annual picnic Sept. 17. Read more...

Also in the News

Pennsylvania Forest Fest at The Arboretum at Penn State
In celebration of the International Year of Forests and the forests of “Penn’s Woods”, the Penn State School of Forest Resources, Penn State Extension and The Arboretum at Penn State hosted Pennsylvania Forest Fest Sunday at Pennsylvania State University.

DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry was an event sponsor, offering a tree identification challenge for visitors at H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens of The Arboretum at Penn State.

Exhibits by state agencies, community and forest industry organizations offered education and information about forests in the state and worldwide. There were bird and mushroom walks around the grounds, and the chemistry of fall foliage colors was  explored. Visitors also were invited to get “up close and personal” with the American chestnut.

Bike tour to benefit conservancy
The second annual “Go Green Bike Tour,” benefitting Countryside Conservancy in the Lackawanna County area, will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at Lackawanna State Park, near Dalton, Lackawanna County.

Starting time and other registration details for the event—offering road and mountain biking for all ages, food, music and other fun events—can be obtained at

Sponsors include Cabot Oil & Gas Company and Chesapeake Energy.

Appalachian Trail Museum to begin work on next phase
Cumberland County’s Appalachian Trail Museum is poised to take the next step in their plan to restore and convert a 200-year-old grist mill into a museum showcasing the AT.

With funding from DCNR and other sources—including the Quimby Family Foundation from Portland, Maine, the Hershey Company and the South Mountain Partnership—the entire building will have rooms in which to display exhibits and hold educational sessions. The museum currently is home to the Appalachian Trail “Hall of Fame” which recognizes notable contributors to the life and success of the trail.

Since it has opened in the summer of 2010, the Appalachian Trail museum has hosted 15,000 visitors. Located at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the facility relies on volunteers and private funding. Inquiries about becoming a museum volunteer, a sponsor, or about making a donation may be made at the museum’s website, or email

Agency Spotlight

Sproul State Forest
This forest has the kind of remote you can't lose down under the cushions. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Boulder Field Guided Hike at Hickory Run State Park
A Get Outdoors PA eventOct. 1. Held 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Join us for a guided 7 mile hike to see the famous Hickory Run boulder field and the beautiful fall foliage! The fee for this program is $5 per person. This hike will take approximately 4 hours. This program also falls within this year's Great PA Outdoor Challenge! Engage in healthy outdoor activity while supporting Pennsylvania's beautiful parks and forests.

Bring a lunch and plenty of water, and wear sturdy shoes (NO FLIP-FLOPS!), as this is a moderate to difficult hike. For more information, contact Stephanie Strub at (215) 453-5015.

Wild Resource Festival at Point State Park
Oct. 15. Held 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join us for a day of wildlife fun! The festival will provide children, families, and wildlife enthusiasts with a chance to talk to the state’s leading scientists and get a front-row seat to view PA’s animals and plants. Visitors will get a chance to see and talk to living history re-enactors demonstrating how natural resources were harvested and used at the Point during the 18th century. There will also be participation from the Fish & Boat Commission, a visit from Smokey Bear, and much more.

This event is absolutely free. For a full list of activities and exhibitors that will be attending, visit the Wild Resource Festival website.

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 28, 2011

Agency Spotlight

Sproul State Forest

Sproul State Forest

This forest has the kind of remote you can't lose down under the cushions. Read more...

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