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Dam repairs to shorten 2012 boating season at Shikellamy State Park
Planned repairs to the inflatable dam on the Susquehanna River will shorten the 2012 boating season at Shikellamy State Park, Sunbury, Northumberland County, DCNR said this week.

The repair work on the Adam T. Bower Memorial Inflatable Dam is timed to take advantage of favorable weather and river-flow conditions as DCNR embarks on major construction at the 2,100 foot-long dam forming Lake Augusta.

Replacement of one of the dam’s seven inflatable bags, repairs to others, and construction of a temporary causeway will end Lake Augusta’s boating season on Aug. 19, 2012. Normally, lake boating continues into the first week of October. Read more...

DCNR offers holiday gift ideas that help conservation
DCNR has several holiday gift-giving ideas that are perfect for those who want to conserve and protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources. Read more...

Pine Grove State Park manager honored with tourism award
The Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau this year acknowledged Jason Zimmerman, Park Manager at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, as its 2012 Partner of the Year. Read more...

Galbraith Gap land now part of Rothrock State Forest
Rothrock State Forest grew by 152 acres early this month when the Galbraith Gap tract, purchased by ClearWater Conservancy, was transferred to public ownership. Read more...

DCNR perspective outlined at CitiesAlive 2011 conference in Philadelphia
A diverse group of business representatives, scientists, environmentalists and planners recently converged on Philadelphia to discuss how green infrastructure can benefit urban areas. Read more...

Tiny bird creates big stir at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
To fly from the Pacific Northwest to Louisiana, and then to Pennsylvania, is no small task. Read more...

Also in the News

Bids approved for state forest projects
Emergency repairs to a dam damaged by Tropical Storm Lee in early September will move forward in the Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County after a construction bid was approved by DCNR.

The dam on Sones Pond Dam, Slippery Forks Township, is formed by Loyalsock Road, which was breached in flooding. Repairs will be undertaken by Lycoming Supply Inc., Williamsport, after it was awarded a bid for $111,973 in mid-October.

Another bid approved for state forest work included emergency heating repairs at Sproul State Forest District office in the amount of $12,800. The bid was awarded Nov. 1 to W.C Eshenaur & Son. Inc., Harrisburg.

Plan that shapes Philadelphia’s green spaces wins award
Snowmobile clubs in Pennsylvania are invited to apply for 2011-2012 trail grants from the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association. Applications can be downloaded at or requested by calling 1-888-411-PSSA. Round 2 applications are due Jan. 6, 2012. Round 3 applications are due Aug. 1, 2012.

Grants are to be used for trail maintenance and grooming on any trail considered open for public use.

This project was financed in part by a grant from DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

Agency Spotlight

Tioga State Forest
This forest makes a "grand" river gorge and its environs an area to remember. Read more...

Upcoming Events

History Hike at Canoe Creek State Park
A Get Outdoors PA eventDec. 10. Held 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Take a stroll back into time over 100 years ago to learn about the local industry. What was it like here in our now-peaceful park? A winter hike will reveal this fascinating history! Meet at the Wentz Education Center. For more information, call (814) 695-6807.

December 7, 2011

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