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DCNR announces summit to focus on landscape approach to conservation and tourism
DCNR Secretary Richard Allan has announced that a conference to highlight the accomplishments of conservation, recreation and economic development at the landscape level and to advance best practices to other areas of the state will be held in Harrisburg in October.

The “Conservation Landscape Summit: Naturally Connecting People and Places” is scheduled for Oct. 29-30 at the Best Western Premier, 800 East Park Drive.

“Extraordinary work is being done at a regional level to build sustainable communities; conserve land and water; make trail connections; enhance visitor experiences; and improve outdoor recreation opportunities,” Allan said. Read more...

‘Prowl the Sproul’ State Forest hiking activities set for July 20-22
Hikers and other visitors are invited to again sample the rugged beauty of the Sproul State Forest when the three-day “Prowl the Sproul” series of hikes steps off Friday, July 20. Read more...

DCNR reorganizes ecological services and conservation science to enhance program effectiveness, results
To cement the Bureau of Forestry’s position as a leader in science- and ecological-based land management, DCNR Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry Ellen Ferretti recently announced that the Office of Conservation Science will be integrated into a newly created division within the Bureau of Forestry. Read more...

Hawthorne Park in Philadelphia dedicated; demonstrates green practices
On July 5, DCNR Deputy Secretary Cindy Dunn joined a host of public officials at the dedication of Hawthorne Park in Philadelphia, the fourth new park added to the city’s parks and recreation system this year. Read more...

DCNR appoints new manager at Canoe Creek State Park complex
DCNR recently named Andrew St. John as manager of the Canoe Creek State Park Complex, based in Blair County. Read more...

Scientists converge on Kings Gap to inventory its variety of life forms
Talk about your “dream team.”

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Endless Mountains region mobilizes for ‘Operation North Branch’
In response to the September 2011 river flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee and ongoing illegal dumping, a major river clean-up effort was undertaken in late June along the North Branch of the Susquehanna. Dubbed Operation North Branch: Restore the Susquehanna, the project was the first paddling-based cleanup of the river and its islands in the Laceyville and tunkhannock areas.

A new partner, Paddle Without Pollution, joined the North Branch Land Trust, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, North Branch Water Trail, Wyoming County Conservation District, and a variety of other affiliated conservation groups in the clean-up. The partnership used the motivated efforts of a large community of 120 kayakers and canoeists in the area who scoured the islands and shoreline and gathered debris that included over 2,300 lbs. of scrap metal and 150 tires.

With financial and in-kind support provided by DCNR, Chesapeake Energy, P & G Paper Company, Tunkhannock Kiwanis, Endless Mountain Outfitters and others, supplies were provided by PEC and food and refreshments were provided by Tunkhannock Kiwanis Club for volunteers.

For more information on the Endless Mountain Heritage Region, visit here.

Agency Spotlight

Clear Creek State Forest
There's no doubt about the water quality of the creek that gave this forest its name. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Hiking Club of Raccoon Creek State Park
July 21. Held 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Meet at Park Office on Route 18. Join Raccoon Creek’s Hiking Club as they discover the great outdoors along the park's trails. Open to anyone interested in exploring the natural wonders and historical places within Raccoon Creek State Park. Hikes range from 4-6 miles and can be physically challenging on hilly terrain. Please dress appropriately and bring water, snacks, bug spray, packed lunch, and raingear if needed. Free Program. For more information, call (724) 899-3611

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.

Invasive Plant Management Workshop
Sept. 26. Held at Nescopeck State Park. Sponsored by the Pinchot Chapter Allegheny Society of American Foresters, this one-day seminar is designed to explore different techniques of controlling the spread of invasive plants. It also includes a tour of sites throughout the park. Registration is required. Fee is $18 per person. For more information, contact Todd Hagenbuch at (570) 401-7098.

For more DCNR events, go here.

July 18, 2012

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