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New DCNR mobile website connects on-the-go users with the outdoors
DCNR's newly launched mobile website makes it easier for users of smartphones and tablet devices to connect with Pennsylvania’s natural world while on-the-go.

The new mobile site is found at

"The new site offers expedient, informative details through a medium we know is being used more and more,” said DCNR Deputy Secretary John Giordano. “We have seen a dramatic increase in web traffic from mobile devices to our main website." Read more...

Deployment of Pennsylvania’s wildfire fighting crews continues
Because of their training, spirit and organization, Pennsylvania’s volunteer wildfire fighters continue to get the call this summer as the going gets rough with forest and brush fires across the country. Read more...

DCNR joins in dedication of renovated North Philadelphia park
Blending with tunes produced by community musicians and the reviews of local artists’ paintings, photographs and sculptures, Philadelphia’s Fairhill Square Park was abuzz with something else—loud applause for the value of a shared commitment to pumping new life into an aging neighborhood facility. Read more...

Emerald Ash Borer found in six more counties; public urged not to transport firewood
Emerald Ash Borer beetle has been discovered in Bucks, Franklin, Jefferson, Perry, Snyder and Venango counties. Read more...

DCNR Bureau of Forestry announces funding for rural firefighters
More than $540,000 in grants will be awarded to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan announced recently. Read more...

Annual archery deer hunt planned at Neshaminy State Park
An annual deer hunt again will enable archers to hunt in Neshaminy State Park, Bucks County, when Pennsylvania’s statewide archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 29, DCNR officials have announced. Read more...

Michaux State Forest hosting habitat tour
Those living near South-Central Pa.’s Michaux State Forest district are encouraged to head out to the forest to learn more about it. Read more...

Missouri high school team takes home Canon Envirothon honors
A five-member team of high school students from Pembroke High School in Kansas City, Mo., has won the 2012 Envirothon, a weeklong environmental education competition sponsored by Canon U.S.A. Inc. Read more...

Also in the News

Tyler State Park hosting disc golf championship
The Eric C. Yetter Champion's Cup Disc Golf Tournament is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a Professional Disc Golf Association- (PDGA) sanctioned A Tier Super Tour Event at Tyler State Park, Bucks County. A total of 108 players will battle it out for two days, Sept. 8 and 9, on the park’s unique 40-hole course.

The Bucks County Disc Golf Alliance is hosting the event. It has invested thousands of man-hours perfecting the course at Tyler; raising funds to add to the payout of the Yetter; and promoting disc golf in the local community.

This year the BCDGA is adding a minimum of $6,000 to the professional payout,  drawing players from Oregon, Minnesota, New York, Delaware, Michigan, Maine, New Jersey, Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Amateur players will receive player packs, with entry into the tournament made possible by sponsorship from Hyzer Flip Disc Golf, Brainwave Disc Golf, Millennium Golf Discs, Paragon Disc Golf, Mr. Disc Golf, Type B Studios, Latitude 64 Disc Golf, Vitamin Water, and other companies. Amateur players will compete for prizes rather than cash.

Spectators are encouraged to join in the disc golf action and watch some of the world’s elite players compete on one of the most difficult courses in the country. All players will tee off at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and play a total of 67 holes over the course of three rounds on the two days.

The field of available spots to play is currently full, but a waitlist has begun and can be found here. For more information on the Yetter Champion's Cup, the BCDGA, and other details, visit

Presque Isle State Park draws praise from national newspaper
A newspaper with national reach and roughly 1.8 million subscribers recently took a peek at the 20 most “awe-inspiring beaches that America has to offer.” Heaping praise on Presque Isle’s Lake Erie shoreline, USA Today ran the feature in its August 9 Travel section.

The paper said, “Eastern Pennsylvanians head "down the shore" to New Jersey, but picturesque Presque Isle, just four miles from Erie, has 13 beaches to enjoy right at home. Diving, boating, kayaking, bow-fishing, and water skiing are permitted in this impressive Keystone State enclave.”

The full article is available here.

Promised Land State Park hosting CCC reunion
Promised Land State Park will again host the popular Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the historic CCC section of the Pike County park that includes Pickerel Point Campground, the park museum, auditorium and Deerfield Campground. The event begins at the park amphitheater, located behind the museum, off Pickerel Point Road.

During past reunions, extending back many years, the CCC event was only partially open to the public. For the first time, Promised Land State Park will host a larger festival that celebrates the legacy of the CCC in Pennsylvania and fully incorporates the reunion. This event marks the 79th Anniversary of the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp S-139 at Promised Land State Park. Visitors are invited to join in a celebration of the efforts of former members of “Camp Pocono” as CCC boys from around the United States gather to tell their stories. Promised Land’s Camp S-139 planted over a million trees; built the Pickerel Point Campground; Bear Wallow Cabins; Whittaker Lodge; and Egypt Meadow Dam. They also fought fires, plowed snow by hand, removed dead trees, built roads, and modernized the park’s day-use picnic area. Their landmark signatures are well-known throughout Pike County.

Registration of CCC members and festival guests starts at 10 a.m. The day is free and open to all. The festival will include guest speakers, music, dancing, children’s crafts, face painting, and food for purchase. Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl also will be on hand.

For details, contact the park at (570) 676-3428. For information on volunteering or hosting at booth/program at the event, contact Environmental Education Specialist Carissa Longo at park office: (570) 676-0567; or email.

Hoover welcomed to Board of Game Commissioners
Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe on Monday welcomed Brian H. Hoover of Glenolden, Delaware County, as the agency’s newest member of the Board of Game Commissioners. Nominated by Gov. Tom Corbett on May 14, Hoover was confirmed to an eight-year term by the state Senate on June 25, and will represent District 8.

“We are pleased to have Mr. Hoover as a new member of the board and we look forward to working with him,” Roe said. “Each member brings a unique perspective and background to the composition of the board.  It is their combined experiences, and the values they place on our wildlife resources and hunting and trapping heritage that makes the Board work on behalf of all Pennsylvanians.”

Hoover serves as Glenolden borough manager, and is responsible for the borough government’s day-to-day operations. He previously owned and operated South East Archery and Sports, which was one of the leading outdoor sales facilities in the Philadelphia region.

Hoover has 27 years of experience as a volunteer Hunter-Trapper Education instructor with the game commission. He holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Delaware County Community College. He is a member of the Delaware County Field and Stream Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation and is a life member of the National Rifle Association.

Agency Spotlight

Sproul State Forest
This forest has the most acreage of any state forest in Pennsylvania. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Night Sky Tour at Cherry Springs State Park
Aug. 17. Held 9:30 - 11:00 p.m. Experience the splendor of the night sky. Observe the constellations through a laser - guided sky tour conducted by park staff and volunteers. Hear the legends and myths surrounding these patterns in the night sky. Explore planets, star clusters and other deep space objects.

If the sky is unfavorable for stargazing, an alternative program will be held in the pavilion on the south side of the park. However this program may be cancelled in the event of severe weather. Visitors may want to check the Cherry Springs State Park Clear Sky Chart web site for cloud cover and viewing conditions.

Please leave your pets at home. Dim lighting, large crowds and sensitive equipment used at the Night Sky programs do not create a pet friendly environment. For more information, call Lyman Run State Park at (814) 435-5010.

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 15, 2012

Agency Spotlight

Sproul State Forest

Sproul State Forest

This forest has the most acreage of any state forest in Pennsylvania. Read more...

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