Vote now for Pennsylvania’s 2012 River of the Year
The public is invited to vote online for the 2012 Pennsylvania River of the Year, choosing among the Kiskiminetas River, Middle Monongahela River, Upper Juniata River and Stonycreek River.
“This is the second year that our selection process is through a public vote,” DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan said. “We think the spirit of competition rallies community support for our waterways and helps to highlight the many great rivers we are fortunate to have in Pennsylvania.”
Visit http://pawatersheds.org/vote to read the nomination statement for each river and to vote. Voting ends Sunday, Dec. 31. Read more...
Hunters advised to check status of state forest roads
Hunters heading into Pennsylvania’s state forests for the Nov. 19 opening of black bear season may find some roads newly opened while others remain closed for a number of reasons, Bureau of Forestry Director Dan Devlin announced last week. Read more...
Major renovations to Point State Park fountain set to begin
Extensive renovations and improvements to the fountain at Point State Park in Pittsburgh will soon begin, DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan last week. Read more...
Bids approved for projects in state parks and forests
Good news for anglers, boaters and other Erie Bluffs State Park visitors drawn to the Erie County facility’s popular Elk Creek access area. Read more...
Deer hunters again urged to share their harvest to help feed the hungry
Over two decades it has come to represent what one Department of Agriculture official termed the perfect blend of “two very strong, very important traditions in Pennsylvania.” Read more...
Officials gather to get park, greenway rolling on the river
Work crews looked at the site and saw mountains of debris and litter to be removed. Read more...
Also in the News
Sluggers welcome foresters
Although the name says Louisville Slugger, the famous baseball bat’s roots are in Pennsylvania. Several DCNR employees recently popped in on a mill in Akeley, Warren County, where the ubiquitous Louisville Slugger is born. DCNR Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry Ellen Ferretti, State Forester Dan Devlin, Assistant State Forester Brad Elison, Cornplanter District Forester Cecile Stetler and Assistant District Forester Scott Rimpa joined staff from the mill on a cold fall day to learn how local forest products in Pennsylvania are sustaining an American pastime. Louisville Slugger provides more than 60 percent of the bats used by Major League Baseball.
General Manager of the mill Brian Boltz was joined by employees Pete Eckman, Ethan Smith and Ben Fluent to give the DCNR staff an insider’s look at how the bats are shaped into billets—40-inch cylinder-shaped pieces of wood—at the mill after being harvested from the 8,500 acres of private land managed Larimer & Norton, a division of Louisville Slugger's parent company. The 18 employees work at the Akeley mill to process ash and some maple, the two species preferred by baseball players. The billets are then shipped to Louisville to form the perfect home run weapon.
Plan that shapes Philadelphia’s green spaces wins award
GreenPlan Philadelphia, an open space plan developed and completed under two administrations and involving 13 city agencies, recently received a National Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Not only did DCNR help to fund the plan, staff from the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation served as a partner in its development and the Philadelphia Natural Heritage Inventory, which was done as part of the plan.
In honoring the plan, the awards jury said, “This plan is based in reality and even though it’s very large scale, it’s entirely achievable. It puts numbers to things and establishes a strong trend of quantifying the costs and returns. This plan represents a shift from the city saying we’re going to be the greenest city to saying we’re going to be the most successful city by leveraging our green infrastructure.”
GreenPlan Philadelphia sets over 30 targets, including achieving at least 30 percent tree cover in every neighborhood; increasing park space to 10 acres of parkland per thousand residents; greening 100 additional schoolyards through the Campus Parks program; creating a citywide network for 1,400 miles of green streets; and ensuring that there is a trail within a half mile of all residents.
Although more than 90 percent of Philadelphians live within a half mile of a park or recreation facility, the plan noted only 58 percent of residents are adequately served when taking facility size and barriers to access into account. For more information about the plan, visit here.
D&L Trail Connection will aid access to Delaware Canal
A major obstacle in the completion of the 165-mile Delaware & Lehigh (D&L) Trail is a step closer to being eliminated, thanks to a recent award that will close gaps in the trail in Lower Bucks County and promote a regional network of multi-use trails within the Greater Philadelphia area.
A $471,000 grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (DVRPC) Regional Trails Program – funded through the William Penn Foundation - paired with $1.69 million of Federal Transportation Enhancement funds secured by the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, will be used to connect two segments of the D&L Trail in Tullytown Borough, Bucks County, that are currently disconnected by U.S. Route 13. The project is being administered by DCNR.
The disconnected sections of the D&L Trail will be brought together by a tunnel constructed underneath the four-lane Route 13. The trail will follow the old towpath of the Delaware Canal, which was filled in at Route 13 during the 1950s.
The D&L Trail, which will run from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol when complete, has been identified as a “Regional Trunk Trail” connecting Lower Bucks County to Philadelphia and extending north into the Lehigh and Wyoming valleys. DCNR has worked closely with the Heritage Corridor for nearly a decade to secure funding for the Route 13 project. Once completed, the tunnel underneath Route 13 will allow trail users in Lower Bucks County greater access to Delaware Canal State Park, which parallels the Delaware River through Bucks and Northampton counties and ends in Easton.
New website showcases innovative ideas for Point State Park portal bridge
A new website—www.portaltothepoint.org—has been launched to showcase public art and design visions proposed for Point State Park’s Portal Bridge. The proposals, created by five multi-disciplinary teams from across the country, are the outcomes of ‘Portal to the Point: An Idea Generation Project’ funded by Colcom Foundation.
The invited teams, exploring ideas relating to the form, function, artistic elements and interpretative design of Point State Park’s Portal Bridge and its vicinity, unveiled their proposals earlier this fall. The website presents each team’s images and explanatory texts, and has links to related news articles.
A significant aspect of the site is its online public forum, offering to visitors an extended platform to discuss the projects.
Portal to the Point is focused purely on the development of ideas. Whether or not any work is commissioned is outside the scope of the project.
Gallitzin State Forest
Evidence of strip mines, charoal beds and logging are still there, but it's a forest again. Read more...
Animal Tracking Workshop at Jennings Environmental Education Center
Dec. 10 (Dec. 2 registration). Held 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm. Join Jennings staff and Patrick Adams of Raccoon Creek State Park for a four (4) hour animal tracking workshop on December 10, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This intermediate level workshop, for ages 16 and older, will delve into the art of animal tracking and will include lunch, and tracking materials. Cost of the workshop is $15.00, payable upon registration.