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DCNR, Nature Conservancy celebrates major expansion of Kings Gap Environmental Education Center in Cumberland County
DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan recently announced that 1,077 acres in Penn and Cook townships, Cumberland County, including more than three miles of Irishtown Gap Hollow Run, will be added to Kings Gap Environmental Education Center.

There was a public ceremony celebrating the acquisition on Oct. 23 at the Cameron mansion at Kings Gap.

“This new addition is almost completely forested and has been mostly untouched for a century. It is as pristine of a natural area as can be found anywhere in the South Mountain region,” Allan said. Read more...

Public meeting to address future of Michaux State Forest shooting range
The state Bureau of Forestry has scheduled a Nov. 1 public meeting to seek input on the future of a target shooting range that operated for six years in Michaux State Forest before it was closed in June 2010. Read more...

DCNR marks completion of Chester County section of Schuylkill River Trail
DCNR Deputy Secretary John Giordano this week congratulated Chester County for the completion of a 5.6-mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail, linking Phoenixville to Pottstown. Read more...

Rail-trail celebrations set in Lewisburg, Union County
Opening of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail, stretching nine miles between Mifflinburg and Lewisburg, Union County, will be celebrated in a ribbon-cutting and other activities beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Brookpark Farm and Station, Route 45 and Reitz Boulevard, Lewisburg. Read more...

Pa. Snowmobile Association announces trail grant applications available
The Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (PSSA) invites all legally-constituted snowmobile clubs in Pennsylvania to apply for 2011-2012 trail grant applications. Read more...

It’s official: conservation areas now identified as state parks
Today, Pennsylvania has 120 state parks.

Also in the News

DCNR seeks River of the Year nominations
Are you thinking about nominating your river or stream for River of the Year?  It's not too late! Go here and fill out the form. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 27.

Five nominees who have the best ideas about how to celebrate River of the Year will be selected, and then the public will vote to select the final winner. Voting will be conducted on the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers website.

The River of the Year is an honor bestowed on a Pennsylvania waterway every year. It is celebrated with 12 months of activities and events to help people appreciate the beauty and wonder that are part of every river in Pennsylvania. DCNR and POWR provide a $10,000 grant to partially cover the costs of these activities. Nominations should be made by a local organization that can manage this responsibility and coordinate all activities.

The voting process is a great way to draw attention to the work for rivers protection within local communities and statewide. It takes just a few minutes to fill out the form at this link to submit a nomination.

Wild Resource Festival gets to the point
Pennsylvania’s Wild Resource Conservation Program (WRCP) held its seventh annual Wild Resource festival in Point State Park Oct. 15. Blustery winds over 40 miles per hour and cool temperatures limited some of the scheduled activities, but attendees still had plenty to do and see. Live animals, ranging from rattlesnakes and turtles to hawks and a cross-eyed opossum, stopped many of the thousands of University of Pittsburgh fans passing through the park on their way to the Pitt-Utah football game at Heinz field. WRCP holds the festival each year so that families can have the opportunity to meet the state’s leading conservation biologists and organizations and learn more about what they do and how they do it.

Agency Spotlight

Forbes State Forest
This state forest has over 20 tracts and is named after a roadbuilder. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Hike to Raven Rock at Trough Creek State Park
A Get Outdoors PA eventOct. 30. Held 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy a Halloween hike at one of the best kept secrets in Pennsylvania, Trough Creek State Park, where legend has it that Edgar Allan Poe got his inspiration for the Raven from the ravens that nested on the cliffs. We will hike to Raven Rock enjoying the sights such as rainbow falls and balanced rock, and possibly hear ravens. At Raven Rock we will rest as we listen to a recitation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. This hike is rated moderate to difficult hiking. This hike may not be appropriate for all members of the family because of the steep climbs and narrow trails with high cliffs. The length of the hike may be shortened due to weather or trail conditions. Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes. Bring lots of water and a snack. Bring your camera along to capture the wonders. Meet at the parking lot for the Suspension Bridge.

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 26, 2011

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