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Hiking Week to showcase Pennsylvania’s trails, walkways
Hikers will be picking their pace and path through Pennsylvania's bountiful outdoors when Hiking Week 2012 steps off Saturday, May 26, offering participants a variety of organized hikes across the state.

“Thanks to the cooperative efforts of the co-sponsoring Keystone Trails Association and our bureaus of state parks and forestry, a wealth of healthy hiking activities again is being offered to all ages and abilities,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan.

“For 11 years now, this event has become increasingly popular as we reach out to the uninitiated and offer a wide variety of highly organized hikes,” said Allan. Read more...

First-time campers to find special deal at many Pa. state parks
DCNR is again partnering with Gander Mountain to provide first-time campers with needed gear and a reservation for two nights at a participating state park for just $20. Read more...

DCNR hosting extensive scientific inventory at Kings Gap State Park
Scientists, naturalists and volunteers from across the state will converge on Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, Cumberland County, in an extensive effort to document life forms June 2-3, DCNR Secretary Richard Allan announced. Read more...

DCNR closes swimming area at Kooser State Park in Somerset County
DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan this week announced that the swimming beach at Kooser Lake in Kooser State Park, Somerset County, will be closed indefinitely due to unsafe conditions related to too much sedimentation and algae. Read more...

Point State Park fountain project boosted by mild winter
Extensive renovations and improvements to the fountain at Point State Park in Pittsburgh are on track and even slightly ahead of schedule after mild winter weather, DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan said. Read more...

DCNR official attends designation of Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Joined by DCNR Deputy Secretary John Giordano, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and other leaders in a ceremony at Maryland’s Sandy Point State Park, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar designated four water trails as new historic connecting components of the existing Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Read more...

DCNR celebrates schools’ greenways plan, renovated park in Philadelphia
DCNR officials this month joined neighborhood and civic leaders in applauding two major Philadelphia projects that strengthen ties between the city?s youth and the natural world expanding around them.. Read more...

DCNR salutes employees’ award-winning efforts
It is a familiar refrain, but one DCNR Secretary Richard Allan says he never tires of hearing: DCNR employees excel at what they do. Read more...

Also in the News

DCNR announces members of new advisory committee on trails
DCNR is forming a new Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee to assist efforts to build a statewide network of land and water trails. “Our nationally-honored Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan recommended we create a statewide trails committee to help implement recommendations from the plan related to a trail network as a way to facilitate outdoor recreation, provide alternative transportation routes and encourage healthy lifestyles,” Allan said. “This new committee helps us in our efforts to make that plan a reality.”

The Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee will consist of the following members, with their affiliation:

  • Cheryl Allerton, horseback riding, Boyertown;
  • Thomas Baxter, bicycling; Monongahela;
  • Eric Bruggeman, ATV riders, Dover;
  • Jeffrey Cernic, off-highway motorcycling, Johnstown;
  • Silas Chamberlin, trail walkers, Allentown;
  • Scott Cope, member at large, Whitehall;
  • James Foster, hiking, Mechanicsburg;
  • Jodi Foster, member at large; Ridgway;
  • Andrew Hamilton, member at large, Doylestown;
  • Eryn Hughes, mountain biking, Pittsburgh;
  • Timothy Karr, snowmobiling, Danville;
  • Larry Knutson, trail builders, Newville;
  • Philip McGrath, people with disabilities, Pottstown;
  • James McNulty, water trail user, New Cumberland;
  • Steve Risk, 4-wheel driving, Quarryville;
  • Jane Sheffield, member at large, Hollidaysburg;
  • Michael Stokes, trail planner, Royersford;
  • Patricia Tomes, trail advocate, Dover;
  • Robert Watts, cross-country skiing, Downingtown; and
  • Gwen Wills, trail trainer, Summerville.
The committee’s responsibilities will include advising DCNR on the use of federal trails funding in Pennsylvania, reviewing and ranking trail project applications and presenting an annual report to the secretary on the accomplishments of the preceding federal fiscal year.

For more information about trails in Pennsylvania, visit

D&L Staff Fanning Out on National Trails Day
The D&L Trail is going to the dogs, at least on National Trails Day, Saturday June 2, when tail-wagging pooches of all shapes and sizes take over the trail from Washington's Crossing to New Hope as participants in the D&L's first "Tails & Trails Dog Walk," one of five activities the D&L is staging to commemorate the annual event.

The first 100 registrants—dogs, not owners—receive a fashionable maroon-and-cream "Get Your Tail on the Trail" doggie bandana, a collector's item soon to be worth its weight in biscuits. Dog owners are encouraged to dress their four-legged friends in their best trail attire. (Don't forget a leash and the obligatory plastic bag.) The fun gets underway at 10 a.m. at  the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve parking lot on River Road (Route 32).

For more information on the dog walk and other D&L National Trails Day activities, go here.

Agency Spotlight

Tiadaghton State Forest
This forest saw some heavy activity by the CCC. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Canoe and Kayak Hike at Maurice K. Goddard State Park
May 28. Held 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Celebrate Hiking Week with a paddle on Lake Wilhelm. Bring your own canoe or kayak or make arrangements to borrow one of the park's. A limited number are available on a first come basis. Sunscreen and drinking water are recommended. Call (724) 253-4833 for mor information. Meet at the Environmental Learning Classroom.

What Else is Special about the Hopewell Big Woods? workshop
June 1 (registration). Held June 14 at Welkinweir in Pottstown from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Hopewell Big Woods Partnership invites all public, private and home school teachers, environmental educators and scout troop leaders who work with 6th through 12th grade students to attend this NEW one-day workshop about the special people and places in the Hopewell Big Woods. Based on Environment and Ecology, Language Arts and History academic standards, The $10 price of the workshop includes meals, classroom resources and Act 48 Professional Education Hours. To register, visit here.

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.

'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.

May 23, 2012

Agency Spotlight

Tiadaghton State Forest

Tiadaghton State Forest

This forest saw some heavy activity by the CCC. Read more...

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