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DCNR, TreeVitalize assisting with tree plantings at Flight 93 Memorial
DCNR Secretary Richard Allan announced that DCNR and TreeVitalize is assisting with a large tree planting effort last weekend—and the one upcoming—at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County.

“In addition to their many environmental benefits, trees are a symbol of life and growth, so important at a site that requires reflection on the brave sacrifice made by the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93,” Allan said.

DCNR is joining the National Park Service, many partner agencies and hundreds of volunteers on April 27-28 as they complete planting more than 13,800 seedlings at the site. Read more...

DCNR invites residents, visitors to enjoy recreational opportunities along Clarion River corridor in Pennsylvania Wilds
DCNR Secretary Richard Allan this week stopped at the Millstone Township Canoe Access Area during a tour of the Clarion River corridor, where he highlighted the partnerships that have improved recreational opportunities on the river in Clarion, Elk, Forest and Jefferson counties. Read more...

DCNR announces major expansion of Ibberson Conservation Area
DCNR Secretary Richard Allan recently announced that 433 woodland acres currently known as the Alpha Tree Farm will be added to the Joseph E. Ibberson Conservation Area in Dauphin County as the result of a generous donation by Mr. Ibberson?s estate. Read more...

Survey shows Lebanon County trails busy, while pumping money into local economy
Some interesting statistics surface in the results of a 2011 user survey focusing on the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail and Conewago Recreation Trail. Among the findings detailed in report by the Rail-to-Trail Conservancy. Read more...

West Chester Arbor Day event to target invasive emerald ash borer
Methods to combat an invasive beetle proving deadly to Pennsylvania’s ash trees will be showcased April 27 at an Arbor Day celebration at West Chester’s Hoopes Park, where no less than 75 stately ash trees grace the grounds. Read more...

DCNR appoints new managers at Oil Creek and Cowans Gap state parks
DCNR has named two new state park managers, one in the northwest and the other in South-central Pa. Read more...

Bids approved for state forest, park projects
Various bids were awarded in recent weeks for construction and repair work within state parks and state forests across Pennsylvania. Read more...

Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative project honored by American Society of Landscape Architects
The American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award was presented to Natural Lands Trust and Carter van Dyke Associates at the annual Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of Landscape Architects conference, held April 14 at the Lancaster Conference Center. Read more...

Also in the News

Pa. schools earn national Green Ribbon Schools honors
Four Pennsylvania schools have earned national 2012 Green Ribbon Schools awards, Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis announced this week. The schools are: A.W. Beattie Career Center, in Allegheny County; Radnor Middle School in Radnor Township School District, Delaware County; Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School in the Chambersburg Area School District, Franklin County; and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania’s four winners, honored among 78 schools nationwide, are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for programs that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement.

Tomalis nominated these four schools in March. The U.S. Department of Education is scheduled to hold a presentation ceremony in June. A total of 350 schools across the nation applied to their state departments of education and nearly 100 were nominated to the U.S. Department of Education. Among participating states, Pennsylvania had the highest number of schools (47) to submit applications.

For additional information about the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program, visit here. To learn about Pennsylvania’s efforts to promote green and sustainable schools, visit here.

DCNR to help celebrate National Trails Day
In conjunction with the American Hiking Society, DCNR will host a number of events on June 2 in honor of National Trails Day. The events look to bring outdoor enthusiasts across the state together to celebrate Pennsylvania’s magnificent trail system and its hundreds of supporters and volunteers. Over 2,000 nationwide events will take place including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations and more.

Long-hikers and evening strollers alike are encouraged to experience, appreciate, and share the natural places we cherish by connecting with local outdoor clubs, businesses, community groups, and parks and recreation departments as well as state and federal land managing agencies.

Those interested can join DCNR and dozens of sponsors on a National Trails Day event. Hikers can also share what they’re doing and publicize their own National Trails Day event by visiting here, registering, and logging on to participate. For more information on Pennsylvania’s trails, visit

Applications now being accepted for new USDA wildlife program
Pennsylvania farmers and forest landowners are urged to sign up now for assistance to protect and restore habitats for the northern bog turtle and golden-winged warbler through the Working Lands for Wildlife partnership. Applications received by April 30 will be considered in the first round of ranking. Working Lands for Wildlife is a new partnership between USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to enhance natural resources by improving and protecting wildlife habitat.

Working Lands for Wildlife is funded through USDA’s Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP), which shares the cost of conservation practices with landowners in areas known to support one or both of these selected species. Examples of conservation practices that improve habitat for bog turtles include wetland restoration, prescribed grazing, brush management, and fencing; and for golden-winged warbler, early successional habitat management.

Interested producers and landowners in targeted areas can enroll in the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) on a continuous basis at their local NRCS field office, but are encouraged to apply now while funds are available. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Agency Spotlight

Loyalsock State Forest
This forest is in Pennsylvania's attic.

Upcoming Events

Night Sky Viewing at Black Moshannon State Park
April 28. Held 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. Celebrate National Astronomy Day! Look at the night sky through a telescope and see what you can find. Join Ranger Mark for this interesting look at the night sky. Meet at Boat Launch #2 on West Side Road. For more information, contact the park at (814) 342-5960.

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.

'Motorized Recreation in Pennsylvania – Partnerships for Progress' workshop to cover OHV recreation
June 7-9. Held at the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg. The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), in conjunction with DCNR and the Pennsylvania OHV Association (PaOHVA), will present a three-day workshop that includes two days of classroom sessions and one day of field sessions to provide hands-on opportunities to apply what is learned in the classroom.  Topics will include principles of OHV recreation management; planning, operation and maintenance of sustainable trail systems; benefits of active management; economic benefits of OHV recreation; conflict resolution; effective use of volunteers; and partnership development opportunities. A nominal registration fee will be charged.   For more information, visit here.

For more DCNR events, go here.

April 25, 2012

Agency Spotlight

Loyalsock State Forest

Loyalsock State Forest

This forest is in Pennsylvania's attic.

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