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Governor kayaks Delaware River; highlights importance of supporting Pa’s natural resources
Governor Tom Corbett took a two-day kayak tour Aug. 23-24 on the Delaware River through Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties to promote Pennsylvania’s natural resources and learn about this critical waterway.

“Pennsylvania is blessed with unmatched natural beauty and resources,” Corbett said. “As Pennsylvanians, we sometimes take our beautiful surroundings for granted, so this summer, I’m taking out the kayak and experiencing them first hand. I encourage residents across the state to do the same.”

On the first day, the governor visited Promised Land State Park in Greentown after his morning paddling, visiting the Masker Museum dedicated to the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps; touring improvements to the Pickerel Point Campground; visiting the cabin he stayed in as a child; and learning about the surrounding Delaware State Forest. Read more...

DCNR joins in opening celebration at Sunbury River Front complex
Recently completed, extensive river-front improvements had been beckoning to Sunbury area residents to return again to the Susquehanna, but a mid-month dedication ceremony made the invitation official: come down to the river and enjoy yourselves, urged one guest speaker after another. Read more...

Presque Isle named among nation’s top state parks for fishing, boating
Anglers and boaters have named Presque Isle State Park among the nation's best state parks for fishing and boating in a national competition sponsored by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation. Read more...

Explore South Mountain region for Labor Day weekend
A wide array of free events will take place Labor Day weekend at more than 30 participating sites in the South Mountain region of south central Pennsylvania, showcasing the area’s best outdoor recreational opportunities. Read more...

DCNR appoints new manager at Susquehannock State Park complex
DCNR this week named Ryan B. Rager manager of the Susquehannock State Park Complex, based in Lancaster County. He had been assigned as assistant manager of Gifford Pinchot State Park, York County. Read more...

Also in the News

Ferry Street bridge reopens over Delaware Canal in New Hope
DCNR and New Hope officials last week gathered at the Ferry Street Bridge over the Delaware Canal to celebrate reopening the span to residents and tourists in the historic Bucks County borough, as well as visitors to adjoining Delaware Canal State Park.

Owned by the Bureau of State Parks, the new bridge rejoins residential and business sections of New Hope divided by the canal. It also affords easy access to Delaware Canal State Park, a heavily visited ribbon of greenery stretching from Easton, Northampton County, to Bristol, Bucks County.

Deteriorating conditions forced DCNR to replace the former 50-year old bridge. Located east of South Main Street, the span had been closed to all traffic since Dec. 5, 2011. The canal towpath passing underneath also was closed in the construction area. The new, 58-foot-long span, consisting of steel I-beam and concrete decking, will carry one lane of traffic in each direction. Replicating the historic look of other area canal bridges, the new bridge’s substructure was finished with a stone façade and timber railing and trusses.

The project was awarded to Loftus Construction, Inc. of Cinnaminson, N.J. Costs totaled about $1.5 million from DCNR’s Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax. For more information on Delaware Canal State Park and any of Pennsylvania’s other 119 state parks, visit here.

Bids awarded for variety of state park projects
Work has begun on the rehabilitation of water storage tanks supplying campgrounds and other facilities at Cook Forest State Park, Clarion County. Mobile water trailers will be utilized on the park grounds as renovation work continues on the elevated tanks.

A bid of $357,106 was awarded for the project in late June. Konzel Construction Co. Inc. of Erie was awarded the contract in one of several bids awarded in recent months for state park construction and rehabilitation. Others were:

A bid of $29,300 was awarded May 1 to Madison Remodeling of Scottsdale for the replacement of barn and garage roofs, and a chalet at Raccoon Creek State Park, Beaver County.

St. Marys Paving Co. Inc. of St. Marys was awarded a bid of $34,650 for rehabilitation of driveways and parking lots at Sizerville State Park, Potter and Cameron counties. The bid was approved June 28.

A bid of $139,891 was awarded June 28 to Grannas Brothers Stone and Asphalt Co. Inc, Hollidaysburg, for paving in the campground area of Shawnee State Park, Bedford County.

Bi-State Construction Co. Inc. was awarded a contract for repair work on the Delaware Canal in the Green Lane area of Delaware Canal State Park in Bristol Township, Bucks County. Awarded June 28, the bid was for $164,655.

Finally, a bid of $83,266 was awarded July 6 to Fleming-Walker Inc., Gibsonia, for construction of the Five Points Trailhead Comfort Station at Moraine State Park, Muddy Creek Township, Butler County.

Piping plover spotted at Presque Isle State Park
There have been some recent spottings of piping plovers at Presque Isle State Park.

The Great Lakes population of piping plovers has been on the Endangered Species List since the mid-1980s. Fewer than 100 Great Lakes breeding pairs exist today. Presque Isle, Gull Point offers a safe haven and resting spot for migrating and nesting birds.

During the month of August, two confirmed sightings of the piping plover took place on Gull Point, the natural area at the peninsula’s eastern end. There has been a total of 3 piping plover sightings at Presque Isle during the summer of 2012, all reported to be at the Gull Point location. There were two sightings in 2011, one in April and another in August. Piping plover sightings were not reported in 2010.

Presque Isle State Park naturalists believe that the sightings indicate that the plovers are stopping at Gull Point for resting and feeding while migrating. No nesting activity has been identified at this point.

Agency Spotlight

Forbes State Forest
While there's no longer a need to cut a road through this forest, there are still a number of rugged areas to take visitors back to the colonial wilderness. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Scotts Run Nature Hike at French Creek State Park
Sept. 1. Held 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Join us for a moderately east 3-mile hike on the trails around Scotts Run Lake. Look for signs of autumn with the park naturalist while learning about navigating the trails of French Creek. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes (no flip-flops please). Meet at the Scotts Run Lake dam. Go here to register. For more information, contact the park at (610) 582-9680.

Sustainable Lands Bus Tours
Two bus tours will soon take place in eastern PA communities to highlight the importance of open space, storm water management, native plantings and more.  Attend one or both tours to see great examples, network and learn.  Sign up soon… the registration deadlines as fast approaching!

Click on the links for registration information.  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 29, 2012

Agency Spotlight

Forbes State Forest

Forbes State Forest

While there's no longer a need to cut a road through this forest, there are still a number of rugged areas to take visitors back to the colonial wilderness. Read more...

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