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Vote for Presque Isle State Park as America’s Best Restored Beach
DCNR Secretary Richard Allan is encouraging Pennsylvanians to vote for Presque Isle State Park in a national contest to honor America's Best Restored Beach.

Votes in the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association contest can be cast here.

"It is unique for Pennsylvania to be part of this contest, given that most of the beaches included in it are coastal," Allan said. "This is a good way to remind people that the beaches on Lake Erie at Presque Isle are Pennsylvania's "seashore" and are among the many special features that make our 120-state park system so diverse." Read more...

Wildfire fighters grapple with a very busy week
Driven by gusting winds and fueled by tinder-dry fields and forests, wildfires last weekend and early this week kept volunteer and Bureau of Forestry firefighters very busy across much of the state. Read more...

DCNR to designate Lehigh County school tract as Wild Plant Sanctuary
DCNR will designate property within the Whitehall-Coplay School District campus, Lehigh County, as a Pennsylvania Wild Plant Sanctuary, Secretary Richard Allan announced recently. Read more...

Boyce Mayview Park wins Green Park Award
DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Director Lauren Imgrund recently presented the Township of Upper St. Clair in Allegheny County with the third annual DCNR/PRPS Green Park Award at the annual Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society conference. Read more...

DCNR appoints new manager at Bald Eagle State Park
DCNR this week named Michael S. Winters as manager of the 5,900-acre Bald Eagle State Park in Centre County. Read more...

DCNR’s former top engineer remembered by colleagues
Visit the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle, the Pennsylvania Wilds Elk Country Visitor Center, or the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Read more...

Also in the News

Bid awarded for Shikellamy State Park dam repairs
A bid for construction of a temporary causeway, planned as part of repair work on the Adam T. Bower Memorial Inflatable Dam at Shikellamy State Park in Northumberland County, has been awarded to G&R Excavating LTD of Port Trevorton.

A bid of $164,537 was awarded for the causeway work which, along with replacement of one of the dam’s seven inflatable bags and repairs to others, will end Lake Augusta’s boating season on Aug. 19, 2012. Normally, lake boating continues into the first week of October on the dammed section of the Susquehanna River. Causeway construction, dam deflation and repair and replacement of damaged air bags should take about six weeks.

Meanwhile, inflation of the dam is planned to begin in mid-May to be ready for area boaters for the traditional Memorial Day holiday weekend. Deflation will occur approximately three months later. For details on Lake Augusta boating and mooring in 2012, contact Shikellamy State Park at (570) 998-5557.

Pennsylvania has new Earth Day website
A new interactive Earth Day section on the Department of Environmental Protection website offers a one-stop shop for information about Earth Day and environmental events around the state, including information about the many cleanups and events in state parks and forests.

The “Earth Day Central 2012” page has several features, including the Earth Day proclamation from Governor Corbett; an interactive calendar searchable by county, where event planners can promote their activities; biographies of environmental professionals with information about environmental careers; and links to educational resources.

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and this year’s theme is “Honoring Pennsylvania’s Environmental Public Servants.” To view the site, visit here.

Agency Spotlight

Delaware State Forest
There's more to this forest than the river that gives it its name. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Eagle Watch at Little Pine State Park
April 14. Held 11:00 a.m. - noon. Join the park naturalist at the eagle watch area to learn about this magnificent bird of prey and observe eagles in the nest. The eagle watch area is located just upstream from the entrance to the boat launch area. The nest is approximately 800' from the viewing area, and only slightly elevated. Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available for use during the scheduled time, and you are welcome to stay afterwards to continue viewing on your own. Fore more information, call (570) 753-6000.

Sustainable Backyard Landscape series
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.

Agroforestry training workshops set for May
DCNR's Bureau of Forestry, Penn State and Shaver's Creek Environmental Center will host two agroforestry workshops in May. Agroforestry integrates trees and shrubs with crops or livestock to create a system that is managed to provide economic, environmental and social benefits to landowners. Five key practices of agroforestry that will be covered are: silvopasture, the integration of trees and livestock; forest farming, including such non-timber products as maple syrup, ramps, or mushrooms; riparian forest buffers, planting trees along streams to enhance water quality; windbreaks; and alley cropping, the intercropping of plants between rows of trees for food, fiber, or forage. The worships are:

  • May 15 at the Ag Progress Days site in Rock Springs, Centre County, and will focus on forest farming and windbreaks.
  • May 17 in Mifflintown, Juniata County; this workshop will focus on forest farming and silvopasturing.
For more information download the workshop brochure and registration form from the Bureau of Forestry website or call (717) 783-0381.

For more DCNR events, go here.

April 11, 2012

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