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Stonycreek, other rivers shine during ‘Pa. Rivers Month’
On the Stonycreek River last weekend, canoe and kayaks were slicing though white water while families planted in tubes enjoyed easier-going floats down the same river. A week earlier, far across the state, another river shined: hundreds took to the Schuylkill River in a sojourn that continues to grow since the first paddlers pushed off in 1999.

Meanwhile, in counties stretching from the New Jersey to Ohio lines, thousands of paddlers are participating in no less than a dozen sojourns—annual salute to our rivers best seen when floating down them.

In Pennsylvania, June is the month of the river. Read more...

DCNR forests, parks participate in Deer Management Assistance Program
State forestlands and state parks again will participate in a program that offers white-tailed deer hunters expanded hunting opportunities across Pennsylvania, DCNR Secretary Richard Allan announced recently. Read more...

Shooting range at Little Pine State Park in Lycoming County to be closed for cleanup
DCNR Secretary Richard Allan announced the shooting range at Little Pine State Park in Lycoming County is closed starting June 14 for a major rehabilitation project. Read more...

DCNR announces grants available for protecting non-game species
Marking its 30th anniversary of safeguarding Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants and their habitat, the Wild Resource Conservation Program again is accepting applications for grants to protect the state’s native biodiversity. Read more...

State agencies issue alert to contain invasive species in Youghiogheny
With the recent confirmation of the invasive aquatic alga known as didymo, or “rock snot,” in the Youghiogheny River, Fayette County, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and DCNR are reminding anglers and boaters that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters. Read more...

Philadelphia park, trail open the way to Schuylkill River access
It’s been a long wait but residents of South and Southwest Philadelphia finally have access to the Schuylkill River and all the recreational opportunities the rebounding waterway has to offer. Read more...

Also in the News

Carbon County pact honored by governor
Central Carbon County’s Regional Comprehensive Plan has received the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence. The award was presented by Governor Tom Corbett in April 17 ceremonies in Harrisburg.

Specifically, the plan led by Allen Heist, Stell Environmental Enterprises Inc., was cited for “Innovative Planning and Sound Land-Use Practices.”  Working closely with DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, five municipalities forged a comprehensive plan in the heart of growing Carbon County that addressed transportation, greenways, recreation and open space Plan. Bureau efforts were led by bureau Natural Resource Program Supervisor Dennis DeMara and Natural Resource Program Supervisor Ashley Rebert.

Aided by a $40,000 grant from DCNR, the collaborative involved East Penn Township, Franklin Township, Lehighton Borough, Mahoning Township and Weissport Borough, all in Carbon County. By working closely together these municipalities will be able to more effectively protect, expand, connect and manage their resources. An implementation schedule outlines action to be undertaken over the next 10 years.

Agency Spotlight

Bald Eagle State Forest
This forest lies in the rugged ridge-and-valley section of the state. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Orienteering: The Thinking Sport at Yellow Creek State Park
June 23. Held 10:00 a.m. - noon. Orienteering is a sport that exercises the body and the mind; it is like a treasure hunt in the forest. Join Jim Wolfe, President of the Western PA Orienteering Club, and learn how to use a detailed topographic map and a compass to navigate through the forest, on and off trails. We will start with an introduction to map and compass and followed by an orienteering exercise in which participants can apply their new skills to an actual orienteering course set in the park. Pre-registration required. To register call the Park Office at (724) 357-7913.

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 final event in the series is:

  • Sustainable Landscapes Bus Tour – Sept. 20 in Luzerne County
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.

June 20, 2012

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