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Gov. Corbett announces plans to implement key recommendations of Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission
Governor Tom Corbett recently announced his plans to implement numerous recommendations of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, including changes to enhance environmental standards, an impact fee, and a plan to help move Pennsylvania toward energy independence.

“This natural resource will fuel our generating plants, heat our homes and power our state’s economic engine for generations to come,” Corbett said. “This growing industry will also provide new career opportunities that will give our children a reason to stay here in Pennsylvania. We are going to do this safely and we’re going to do it right, because energy equals jobs.”

As a result of the public Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission meetings, we now have a sensible and fair plan to put before the General Assembly, Corbett said. Read more...

Point State Park in Pittsburgh to Host Wild Resource Festival
With its expansive backdrop of three major Pennsylvania rivers and abundant historic resources boasting National Historic Landmark distinction, Point State Park in Pittsburgh will host the Wild Resource Festival’s annual salute to nature from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. . Read more...

DCNR to open additional state forest roads for hunting seasons
DCNR is opening additional roads for hunters in Pennsylvania?s public-owned woodlands in 18 of the 20 state forest districts, Bureau of Forestry Director Dan Devlin announced late last month. Read more...

Bids awarded for sewage system, paving work at four state parks
The waters are chilling and the season is cooling at state parks across Pennsylvania, but repair and renovation work is heating up, with bids awarded for sewages, paving and other projects. Read more...

Also in the News

2011 Maurice K. Goddard Forest Management & Sustainability award winner announced
Jay and Joan Livziey were recently recognized for their strong commitment to managing their forest lands for the long-term benefit of future generations. The Livzieys, of Williamsport, were presented with the 2011 Maurice K. Goddard Forest Management & Sustainability Award at the Pennsylvania Forestry Association Annual Banquet held on Sept. 17 in Mont Alto.

Named after former DCNR Secretary, Maurice K. Goddard, the award is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Program and recognizes a Pennsylvania forest landowner who demonstrates long-term sustainability of their forest resource through forest management planning, implementing sustainable forestry practices, and being a role model/educator for other forest stewards.

Jay, along with his wife Joan, own and manage 86 acres in Union County. The parcel was purchased in 1956 by Jay’s father and has been under Jay’s care and ownership since the early 1990s. His original Forest Stewardship Plan was completed in 1993 and was updated in 2005. The plans were used as guides for management of the property, including: building 2.5 miles of forest access roads, timber stand improvement, invasive plant species control, and native tree planting. Wildlife habitat on the property has been improved through the construction of two vernal ponds, mast tree release, the construction/placement of bird/bat houses, and the creation of many brush piles for shelter.

For more information on private forest land stewardship, visit here

Game Commission awards 56 elk licenses
The Pennsylvania Game Commission officials held a public drawing in September to award 56 elk licenses for the 2011 season. The event also was webcast via the agency’s website, drew 599 viewers, and served as a means to enable more people to view the public drawing. All 56 hunters selected to receive a license were mailed a confirmation letter.

“Over the past two years, we have been pleased to enable the tens of thousands of individuals who apply for an elk license to find out via our webcast if they had been drawn,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “We recognize everyone who applies is unable to attend and, given our financial limitations, we can’t afford to send everyone who applied for an elk license a letter letting them know whether they were drawn; we only notify those who were selected.

Roe noted there were 18,253 individuals who applied for the drawing. An additional 487 applicants only purchased a preference point for this year, and were not included in the drawing. Of the 18 antlered elk licenses, 17 were awarded to Pennsylvania residents, and one awarded to a hunter from Ohio. All 38 antlerless elk licenses were awarded to Pennsylvanians.

To access the information, go here, and click on the blue box in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage.

Agency Spotlight

Buchanan State Forest
This forest is at the northern edge of where Appalachia's serious mountains are. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Leaf Prints at Sinnemahoning State Park
A Get Outdoors PA eventOct. 15. Held 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Join the park naturalist at the 40 Maples Day-Use Area and learn how to make a beautiful leaf print using just a hammer and the colors that nature has provided! Come prepared for a short walk along the Red Spruce Trail to find the leaves of your choice.

For more information on this or other park programs, contact the Sinnemahoning State Park office at (814) 647-8401.

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.

Creating Sustainable Communities conference
Nov. 3. Held at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. This one-day event features a variety of presentations that promote green infrastructure, healthy communities and low-cost land management practices that balance human needs with natural resource protection. At this conference you will learn about the green streets of Ohiopyle, healthy school communities in Shaler, energy and money savings using the National Park Service’s CLIP tool, and much more!  Hear from keynote speaker and former mayor of Pittsburgh, Tom Murphy from the Urban Land Institute, and network with professionals from throughout southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond.

Registration is $30. For more information, visit here.

October 12, 2011

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