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Gov. Corbett tours Western Pennsylvania on three-day kayak trip
Governor Tom Corbett took a three-day kayak tour July 23-25 through Western Pennsylvania to promote Pennsylvania’s vast natural resources and array of recreational opportunities.

The Governor was joined on the water by First Lady Susan Corbett and representatives of DCNR including Secretary Rick Allan on July 25, DEP and the Fish and Boat Commission.

“Pennsylvania is a vast state with an abundance of scenic landscapes,” Corbett said. Read more...


Dam repairs shorten 2012 boating season at Shikellamy State Park
Bureau of State Parks Director John Norbeck this week reminded anglers and boaters that necessary repair and replacement of air bags forming the inflatable dam on the Susquehanna River will require a shortened boating season this summer at Shikellamy State Park, Sunbury, Northumberland County. Read more...


310 acres added to Delaware State Forest
The Trust for Public Land has permanently protected 310 acres of forest in the Township of Blooming Grove, Pike County. Read more...


Tree inventory workshops planned
A registration deadline is approaching for a series of workshops—addressing street tree inventories and the latest computer tools available to effectively compile them—that are planned in the eastern and western sections of the state. Read more...


DCNR appoints new manager at Bendigo State Park complex
DCNR recently named Mitchell Stickle as manager of the of the Bendigo State Park Complex, based in Elk County. Read more...


DCNR celebrates revitalization of South Philadelphia park
From an expansive Delaware River waterfront in Tacony to the historic confines of a Pennsport park, DCNR has played an active role of late in promoting and dedicating recreational, natural and historical improvement projects in Philadelphia. Read more...


Also in the News

Try camping as a great way to bring summer to a close
DCNR is reminding citizens that there is still time to try camping at a Pennsylvania state park before summer comes to a close. The department is 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.

“Although the beginning of August starts the countdown to back-to-school, there’s still time to take advantage of our first-time camper program to give the kids great summer memories of time in the outdoors,” DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said. “You can’t beat this offer as far as the cost; the opportunity to enjoy many other activities at our state parks such as hiking and fishing; and a park staffer will even help you set up camp.”

Nineteen state parks around the state are participating in the program. A list can be found here. Reservations should be made by calling the park office directly. The program will run through early fall. The gear provided for use by Gander Mountain and DCNR is a four-person tent; rain tarp; four sleeping pads; four camp chairs; flashlight; lantern; camp stove; and four hot dog/marshmallow sticks. The gear must be returned upon departure. Participants will need to bring their own food, cooking utensils and bedding. Suggested packing lists will be provided.

More information about Pennsylvania state parks is found here.


Bids awarded for state forest bridge work in four districts
A series of construction bids was awarded in recent months by DCNR, paving the way for bridge replacements in Tioga, Moshannon, Tuscarora and Sproul state forest districts.

In Tioga district, an Owassee Road bridge over Owassee Slide Run, Shippen Township, Tioga County, will be replaced after a bid of $208,887 was awarded July 3 to L.C. Whitford Co. Inc., Wellsville, N.Y. Also, a bid of $190,200 was awarded June 20 to Coleman Construction, Renovo, for replacement of a Cedar Mountain Road bridge over Cedar Run, Elk Township, Tioga County.

Moshannon State Forest bridge replacements will include a span crossing Laurel Run on Laurel Ridge Road, Huston Township, Clearfield County. A $334,372 bid for that work was awarded June 25 to LTT Trucking LLC, North Bend. Also in Moshannon, a bid of $382,121 cleared the way for replacement of a Jack Dent Road bridge over Medix Run in Goshen Township, Clearfield County. It was awarded to LTT Trucking.

In Tuscarora State Forest, Toboyne Township, Perry County, a bid of $148,604 was awarded to G & R Charles Excavating LTD, Port Trevorton, for bridge replacement at an unnamed tributary on Couch Road. Also in Tuscarora, an Old Doubling Gap Road span over Doubling Gap Creek, Lower Mifflin Township, Cumberland County, will be replaced after a $211,246 bid was awarded to Wen-Brooke Contracting Inc., Three Springs.

A Sproul State Forest bridge, along Beaverdam Road and spanning the Left Fork of Beaverdam Run, Leidy Township, Clinton County, will be replaced after a $277,076 bid was awarded to Coleman Construction.


Agency Spotlight

Gallitzin State Forest
This forest has a bit of a split personality. Read more...


Upcoming Events

Binocular Hike for Children at Little Buffalo State Park
Aug. 4. Held 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Parents, bring the little ones out to the park for a Binocular Hike. We'll learn how to use binoculars and them put them to use looking at all sorts of wonderful things in the park as we walk. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This hike is geared toward kindergarten age through 4th grade. Meet at the park office. For more information, call (717) 567-9255.


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 – Oct. 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.



August 1, 2012




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