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Gov. Corbett signs 2012-13 budget, DCNR will operate as it currently does
Governor Tom Corbett on June 30 signed the 2012-13 budget, strengthening the state’s economy and education system, while continuing his commitment not to increase taxes for the citizens of Pennsylvania.

The $27.66 billion budget was signed on time for the second consecutive year.

“Our taxpayers deserve government that works for them,’’ Corbett said. “While times are still difficult and we wish we had more to spend, our revenues have improved, allowing us to increase funding to some important areas of our final budget." Read more...

Grand re-opening celebrated at Pickerel Point, Deerfield campgrounds at Promised Land State Park in the Poconos
DCNR hosted a grand re-opening event for the Pickerel Point and Deerfield campgrounds at Promised Land State Park in Pike County on June 29. Read more...

Grants available to preserve, promote natural, cultural assets in the Poconos region
DCNR Secretary Richard Allan recently announced the Pocono Forest and Waters Conservation Landscape Conservation Assistance Program has mini-grants available for communities and organizations to protect and promote natural and cultural assets in the northeastern region of the state. Read more...

Bank barns are focus of South Mountain Speaker Series lecture in July
Bank barns of the Cumberland Valley will be the topic of the next lecture in the South Mountain Speakers Series on Thursday, July 19 at the Community Center in Norlo Park, Guilford Township, Franklin County. Read more...

DCNR names managers at two parks and an environmental education center
DCNR last week announced managerial appointments at Little Pine State Park Complex, based in Lycoming County; Colonel Denning State Park Complex, headquartered in Cumberland County; and Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center in Northampton County. Read more...

‘In the field:’ bureau staffers get to see what they helped build and preserve
A wood duck hen springs from the shoreline and takes flight—only to quickly set down not far from the clutch of eggs she just left as the group neared. As the visitors circled the wetlands, a chorus of bullfrogs serenades them from the cattails. Read more...

Also in the News

PPFF sponsors photo contest
The Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation is encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to take their camera with them this summer. The contest, called “2012 Take Five in the Outdoors” for the five categories an entrant can submit photos, runs until Sept. 3.

The categories are: Appreciation of Beauty, Kids in the Outdoors, Outdoor Recreation, Volunteers in Action, and Dogs in the Outdoors. First place prizes include a carton of 24 Hershey’s Take Five candy bars and a $25 state park gift card—the winner of the Dogs in the Outdoors photo receives the candy bars and a RuffWear dog bed. Two overall winners, one “Best in Show” selected by voters on PPFF’s Facebook page and another by a blue-ribbon panel, receive a $50 state park gift card.

PPFF’s Facebook page is here. For rules and additoinal information on the contest, visit here.

Agency Spotlight

Weiser State Forest
This forest was named after a diplomat who worked with the colonists and the American Indians. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Presque Isle Bike Tour
July 7. Held 10:00 a.m. - noon. Enjoy discovering some interesting facts of the park on this 7 mile historical tour of the peninsula. Meet at the Cookhouse Pavilion parking area. Dress for the outdoors. No registration, rental fees only if needed. For more information, call (814) 833-7424.

Sustainable Lands Bus Tours
Several bus tours will take place in various Pennsylvania communities to highlight the importance of sustainable land management and habitat protection.  Attend one or more tours to see great examples, network and have fun.

  • Sustainable Forests and Meadows Bus Tour – Sept. 7 in Lebanon County
  • Sustainable Landscapes Bus Tour – Sept. 20 in Luzerne County
  • Sustainable Landscapes Bus Tour – October 24 in Montgomery County
Registration information will be available in mid to late summer here.  Fore more information or questions, call Jessica Sprajcar at (717) 214-7511.

For more DCNR events, go here.

July 4, 2012

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