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Governor Corbett announces $31.5 million investment in recreation, conservation, community revitalization projects statewide
Governor Tom Corbett on Dec. 15 announced an investment of $31.5 million for 218 conservation and recreation projects designed to protect natural resources and revitalize communities across the state.

“The health and vitality of our communities is reflected in the quality of their parks and trails, access to rivers, open spaces and opportunities to be active outdoors,” Gov. Corbett said. “Through these grants, we’re able to fund hundreds of projects to help conserve and enhance our natural assets.”

Corbett, joined by DCNR Secretary Rick Allan and Rep. Mike Vereb, said these investments include a $202,000 grant to Montgomery County for improvements to Upper Schuylkill Valley Park. Read more...

Winter playground awaits visitors to Pa. state parks, forests
Pennsylvania’s forest and park system offers a wide range of ways for visitors to enjoy spending time outdoors during the winter, according to DCNR. Read more...

South Mountain Partnership awards mini-grants
The South Mountain Partnership is awarding 10 mini-grants totaling more than $204,000 that will help support development of heritage tourism and conservation projects in the South Mountain region. Read more...

DCNR names new manager for Moshannon State Forest district
DCNR last week named John Hecker as manager of the Moshannon State Forest District based in Clearfield County. Read more...

Holiday ‘Helping Hands’ reach out in Rachel Carson State Office Building
DCNR Deputy Secretary for Administration John Giordano this week joined Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer in presenting employee holiday donations to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance as part of annual Helping Hands festivities. Read more...

Also in the News

Forum examines energy development’s impact on forests
“Oil and Gas Development Impacts on Forested Ecosystems: Research and Management Challenges” will be examined April 9-10 as part of the Pennsylvania State University Goddard Forum, University Park.

The conference seeks to join scientists, managers, conservation organizations, and industry representatives who are working with oil and gas development to share research results and management strategies. Presentations by both managers and scientists are encouraged. Topics should include the full range of forest issues, including landscape modification, forest water, air, habitat, roads, timber supply, and recreation impacts, invasive species, noise, landscape restoration, management and monitoring strategies, and other topics focused on forests.

Attendees wishing to offer papers must submit proposals by Jan. 27. Include title, names and affiliations of all authors, and contact information for the primary author with an abstract of no more than 350 words. Submit abstract to: Authors will receive notice of acceptance by Feb. 15.

Agency Spotlight

Lackawanna State Forest
This northeastern Pa. forest has had some challenges, but it definitely has a leafy future. Read more...

Upcoming Events

First Day Hike at Shawnee State Park
A Get Outdoors PA eventJan. 1. Held 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Kick off your New Year’s resolutions to get in shape and or start a new family tradition Join Shawnee State Park and the Friends of Shawnee to take part in a nationwide event. On January 1st state parks across the nation are offering First Day Hikes in state parks as a way of promoting healthy lifestyles and year round recreational opportunities at America's state parks.

Dress to enjoy the weather and meet enthusiastic fellow hikers for a hike of approx. 2½ miles, over moderate terrain with a few steep slopes with some nice overlook along the way. Discover the trees in their winter silhouettes and enjoy some hot chocolate provided by the friend of Shawnee at the conclusion of the hike. Get outdoors right from the first! Meet at the Clearfield Pavilion #2, near the main beach parking lot.

December 21, 2011

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