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Gov. Corbett announces hunting, fishing and conservation advisory council
Governor Tom Corbett this week issued an executive order creating the Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation to help ensure the concerns of hunters, anglers and others are heard at the highest levels of state government.

“Pennsylvania’s rich outdoor heritage, including activities such as hunting, fishing, trapping, birding, wildlife viewing, boating and hiking, are enjoyed by over 5.9 million Pennsylvanians and visitors each year,” Governor Corbett said. “These outdoor recreational activities annually generate more than $5.4 billion for Pennsylvania’s economy, which makes this council’s input very critical.”

The order consolidates several previous advisory councils into a single entity. Read more...

DCNR joins in dedication of newly restored Schuylkill River Trail
Three, four days a week, when the winds don’t howl and the February skies stay dry, Mark Haas follows pretty much the same schedule. Read more...

Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park cited for energy efficiency
The new Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron County has joined three other major DCNR Pennsylvania Wilds projects in garnering honors for energy efficiency and environmental design. Read more...

Nature Inn at Bald Eagle offers weekend package to welcome spring
DCNR Secretary Richard Allan this week announced a schedule for spring events at the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle, located in Bald Eagle State Park in Centre County. Read more...

Bids approved for state forest, park projects
Good news for snowmobilers and other visitors to Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland and Fayette counties. Read more...

DCNR appoints new manager at Shawnee-Blue Knob state park complex
DCNR this week named Dorothy Krupa as manager of the Shawnee/Blue Knob State Park Complex in Bedford County. Read more...

Also in the News

PA Wilds Planning Team seeks nominations for outstanding work in sustainable tourism
The Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team wants to recognize individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that have done outstanding work to help advance the goals of the Pennsylvania Wilds initiative. The initiative is a grassroots, state-supported effort to grow the nature and heritage tourism industry across 12½ counties of rural Pennsylvania as a way to create jobs, diversify local economies, inspire stewardship and improve quality of life.

“One of the hallmarks of the Pennsylvania Wilds initiative is that it involves a lot of different people and sectors working together strategically to accomplish something for the region,” said Planning Team Chair Dan Glotz. “Some of the projects and business efforts we’ve seen spring up at the local level are just incredible—and we want to make sure they get recognized. If you know someone who has done a great job to grow sustainable tourism in your community and to tie into the PA Wilds, we absolutely encourage you to nominate them.”

Categories for the 3rd Annual Champion of the PA Wilds Awards include: tourism asset development and marketing; community character stewardship; conservation of natural assets; business development; youth outreach; artisan of the year; government leadership; and emerging leaders. Awards will be presented at the Planning Team’s Annual Dinner on April 25 at the Red Fern in St. Marys.

Nominations are due March 1. More details on the categories and application process are available at

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful expands successful cigarette litter prevention to several state parks
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is announcing an expansion of the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to three state parks—Pine Grove Furnace in Cumberland County; Blue Knob in Bedford County; and Canoe Creek in Blair County.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to bring these valuable anti-litter resources to Pennsylvania. Through this partnership with DCNR, we plan to demonstrate again that with the appropriate tools and resources, we really can change people’s behavior when it comes to litter and illegal dumping,” explained Shannon Reiter, president of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

The program includes public education messaging that a cigarette butt not properly disposed is litter; the distribution of free pocket ashtrays to adult smokers; and the installation of ash receptacles in the program area. The three state parks participating volunteered for the program after learning about it. Nationally, Keep America Beautiful reports an average 54 percent reduction of cigarette litter in the communities implementing KAB’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program during 2011.

Tobacco products, consisting mainly of cigarette butts, are the most-littered item in America, representing nearly 38 percent of all items according to "Litter in America", KAB’s landmark 2009 study of litter and littering behavior. Research has shown that even self-reported “non-litterers” often don’t consider tossing cigarette butts on the ground to be "littering.” The "Guide to Cigarette Litter Prevention" provides information about starting and maintaining a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program and can be found online at

TreeVitalize welcomes painting the silver screen green with The Lorax
As the Dr. Seuss classic children’s tale The Lorax opens in theaters this Friday, March 2, Pennsylvania’s TreeVitalize program is reminding those interested in heeding the movie’s advice to plant more trees. Sponsored through a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council, the movie is a 3-D, fully animated version of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s 1971 book about a squat, bushy-faced creature who tells a passerby about the demise of the once-plentiful “Truffula” trees.

TreeVitalize is expecting there to be an uptick in interest in trees, and is encouraging Pennsylvanians to take advantage of their “Tree Count, PA!” program. Coupons for $15 off a tree (over $50) purchased at a participating Southcentral Pennsylvania nursery can be printed out here.

For those looking to learn more about how to care for trees, TreeVitalize encouarges participation in one of the upcoming TreeVitalize Tree Tenders® trainings. Check out the TreeVitalize Events calendar a the bottom of their home page for upcoming Tree TAsender training locations.

Agency Spotlight

Michaux State Forest
This state forest was named in honor of a French botanist. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Maple Sugaring: From the Tree to Your Table at Nescopeck State Park
March 4. Held 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Ever wonder who discovered that tree sap could be eaten? And just how is it transformed from sap to syrup? If you want to learn the answers to these questions and more, join us for a fun filled afternoon all about maple sugaring! The adventure starts at the park with an introduction to maple sugaring before carpooling to a local sugar bush to see how maple syrup is produced. Seating is limited. Call the park office at (570) 403-2006 to register.

Sustainable Backyard Landscape series to kick off in March
A workshop series focusing on backyard sustainability will be offered throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania in 2012. The series is sponsored by DCNR, the Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. The series includes:

Registration information is available at the links. All program fees include lunch and program materials. For more information, contact Vincent Cotrone, Penn State Forester, at (570) 825-1701; or Diane Madl, DCNR State Parks, at (570) 403-2006.

For more DCNR events, go here.

February 29, 2012

Agency Spotlight

Michaux State Forest

Michaux State Forest

This state forest was named in honor of a French botanist. Read more...

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