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Wildlife center at Sinnemahoning State Park ready to welcome visitors to spot eagles, bear, elk in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds
DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan recently joined partners and visitors in officially opening the new Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron County. The new center is one of DCNR’s key investments in the Pennsylvania Wilds, located only a short jump off the Elk Scenic Drive in the heart of the northcentral region.

“It was easy to pick a name for our new facility at Sinnemahoning State Park. With so many opportunities in the park to watch wildlife—from bear and eagles, to otters and a small elk population—it couldn’t be anything other than ‘The Wildlife Center,’” Allan said. “Our new center will help educate visitors about regional wildlife watching opportunities and photography, conservation history and stewardship practices, and provide creative ideas for exploration of this unique and rugged section of Pennsylvania.”

Depending upon the season, visitors to Sinnemahoning State Park could encounter nesting bald eagles; see elk nursing their calves in a small nursery group; hear the howl of a coyote as it advertises its territory; or discover bobcat tracks in the snow. Read more...

DCNR to offer series of workshops, web-based grant application seminars
DCNR's Bureau of Recreation and Conservation is offering a workshop and web-based seminar to prepare applicants for the next round of its Community Conservation Partnership Grants Program. Read more...

DCNR joins in unveiling West Philadelphia Greenways Plan
DCNR officials joined neighborhood, city and federal leaders in rolling out a master plan for transportation, recreation and open space improvements designed to enhance two major city parks and the West Philadelphia neighborhoods that share them. Read more...

Upcoming lecture to focus on improving access to locally grown food
The health and economic benefits of promoting and buying food produced locally will be the focus of the next South Mountain Speakers Series lecture on Nov. 10 in Chambersburg, Franklin County. Read more...

Bureau of Forestry seeks input on designating ‘High Conservation Value Forests’
DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry is soliciting comments on the draft 2011 High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) Analysis & Identification. Read more...

U.S. Dept. of Interior highlights two proposed outdoor recreation projects in 50-state report
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently highlighted two projects in Pennsylvania that will be included in the final 50-state report outlining some of the country’s most promising ways to reconnect Americans to the natural world. Read more...

Also in the News

Delaware & Lehigh Heritage inaugural marathon claims victory
Recognizing there are enough crazy people out there who find long-distance running a pleasure, the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor hosted the inaugural Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Marathon and Half Marathon Oct. 23. It was the largest and most high-profile event in the history of the D&L with 475 runners, 300 spectators, and 150 volunteers. The 26.2-mile course snaked through three counties and multiple hometown communities, starting in Canal Park in Northampton, passing through beautiful countryside using the D&L Trail, the Slate Heritage Trail and the L&NE Trail in Lehigh Gap. Uncommon for a marathon, the course was almost exclusively on crushed limestone surfaced rails-to-trails with only three street crossings and a two-mile section of paved country road. The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is one of the commonwealth’s 12 heritage areas and a key partner in DCNR’s Conservation Landscape Initiative.

DCNR grant aids Erie TreeVitalize efforts
Erie County Department of Planning has announced receipt of a $100,000 DCNR TreeVitalize Grant and is partnering with Environment Erie to administer the program. The program is open to all municipalities in Erie County with the goal of increasing tree cover in urban and suburban settings, specifically plantings in rights-of-way and public parks.

Application deadlines are March 1, 2012, for fall plantings, and Sept. 1, 2012, for spring plantings in 2013.  Maximum grants awarded to a municipality in any one year is $15,000 and requires a 100 percent match. Of those matching funds, at least 25 percent must come from cash purchases and 25 percent from volunteer services.

Any organization interested in using TreeVitalize funds to plant within their right-of-way must contact their municipality to fill out a joint application. All applications should be submitted to Jessica James, Program Director at Environment Erie at (814) 835-8069.

Details on the program can be found at t Environment Erie’s website or the TreeVitalize website for more details regarding the application process. The goal of TreeVitalize is to plant 1 million trees in Pennsylvania, and more than 279,000 trees have been planted since its inception in 2004. The program creates tree-lined streets and neighborhoods while reducing storm-water runoff, energy bills and air quality degradation.

Agency Spotlight

Tuscarora State Forest
This stuck-in-the-middle forest is lousy for transportation but great for a variety of tree species. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Wednesday Morning Hike at French Creek State Park
A Get Outdoors PA eventNov. 16. Held 10:00 a.m. - noon. Enjoy a guided hike in the park with fellow hikers. Learn about hiking/outdoor safety and try outdoor gear on some of the hikes. Blaze orange is recommended while hiking in the park in autumn (we will provide if you do not have your own). Wear sturdy hiking shoes (most trails tend to be fairly rocky) and bring water and snacks. Today's hike: 2.5 miles, moderate. Meet at Campground Amphitheater. From Park Road, look for sign for French Creek Campground. Turn here and go uphill to stop sign at contact station. After the stop sign, proceed to gravel parking lot on right side of road (in front of amphitheater). Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy during the hike at Grubb Cabin! For more information, call (610) 582-9680.

November 9, 2011

Agency Spotlight

Tuscarora State Forest

Tuscarora State Forest

This stuck-in-the-middle forest is lousy for transportation but great for a variety of tree species. Read more...

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