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Ground broken for new Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
To Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center Manager Rob Neitz the day meant finally having a new answer to a very old question.

Rare is the day traveling through his 1,168 acre-park when he doesn’t run into a hiker or birder, biker or angler who offers up a variation of a familiar theme: “We love your park and its great trails, but where is the environmental education center?” Neitz relayed to the listeners gathered Monday before him for a long-awaited groundbreaking.

“No longer will I have to answer: ‘Well, we really don’t have a center. Read more...

DCNR unveils new exhibits at Tiadaghton center
The Tiadaghton Resource Management Center in Waterville, Lycoming County is now fully decked out with new educational exhibits that tell the story of the history, ecology and management of the Pine Creek Valley. Read more...

Borough and DCNR officials jointly dedicate Jersey Shore connector to the Pine Creek Trail
DCNR Secretary Richard Allan on Sept. 19 joined local officials celebrating the completion of a connector from the Pine Creek Rail-Trail through the Borough of Jersey Shore to the Susquehanna River. Read more...

Sec. Allan dedicates monument to CCC at Hyner View State Park
“Iron Mike” now stands proud and tall against the sky at Hyner View State Park in Clinton County. Read more...

DCNR, other state agencies mark National Hispanic Heritage Month
On September 17th, DCNR and several other state agencies joined together to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at a VIP reception held in The State Museum of Pennsylvania's Memorial Hall. Read more...

Also in the News

Fall foliage reports available on DCNR website
Are you a leaf peeper who’d like to know where the best fall colors can be seen? Weekly reports from DCNR’s team of Bureau of Forestry fall foliage experts are now available here on the DCNR website.

The reports are provided in three regions – northern, central and southern. DCNR experts say it’s not certain what the unusually warm spring and summer will mean for autumn colors. They likely will be impacted more by the weather over the next couple of weeks.

Peak color periods are anticipated to be Oct. 1-10 in the northern region; Oct. 8 through 21 in the central zone; and Oct. 20-31 in the south.

DCNR helps build a new playground in York
On Sept. 14, volunteers from DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation participated in building a new playground at Penn Park in York.

Lauren Imgrund, Bureau Director of DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, “We are pleased to support the City of York’s playground building efforts at Penn Park with funding and technical assistance from our Community Conservation Partnership Program. The city of York and its partners “Bring on Play”, YMCA of York County and others should be commended for their efforts to revitalize their public spaces. In so doing, they are providing their citizens with safe and attractive places to live, work and play.”

The first phase of the community build project, a Play-Garden for 2-5 year olds was completed in a week. The current playground will remain onsite until the final project is completed in the spring 2013. The complete project includes two Play-Gardens (ages 2-5 and 5-12), a Spray-Garden, a Rain Garden and a history fence.

The design of the equipment reflects Penn Park’s military history. The equipment colors (red, blue and grey) and the many “fort-like” structures mimic the Civil War era. Elementary school youth from McKinley and St Patrick’s schools drew pictures of their ideal playground. These ideas were translated into 6 playground options which the students later reviewed and chose by vote.

For more information contact Penn Park Chairperson Cori Strathmeyer.

DEP awards more than $650,000 for mine reclamation work in Clinton County
The Pa. Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $652,161 to reclaim an abandoned mine site in East Keating Township, Clinton County. Last mined in 1976 by Fran Contracting Inc., the site is part of the Cooks Run watershed, which stretches into Cameron County.

Acid mine drainage from the site, called Camp Run No. 3, seeps underground and into nearby streams that eventually channel into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Prior to this impact, the streams supported native wild trout. DEP has been working with Trout Unlimited, local government organizations and private industry to reclaim the Cooks Run watershed, which also includes Rock Run and Camp Run.

Through a contractor, DEP will install a 550-foot long underground drain to divert water away from the site. To neutralize the pH of any groundwater or rainwater that does flow through the site, 15,000 tons of alkaline material will be packed into the ground. The agency will also seed 27 acres; plant more than 15,000 trees; construct an access road; and excavate and backfill 165,000 cubic yards of soil and material from the site.

DEP awarded the contract through a bidding process to T.P. Contracting of Loretto, Cambria County. The project is expected to be completed by Aug. 24, 2013. For more information, visit DEP.

Bicycle club “testing” 9/11 memorial national route
The Laurel Highlands On and Off Road Bicycle Association will hold a ride for members and other experienced on-road bicyclists as a test run for a leg of the September 11 National Memorial Trail ® on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The route of the September 11th National Memorial Trail is being planned through Pennsylvania and adjoining states by the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance in partnership with national, state and local organizations. This first Pennsylvania section under review is from Rockwood and the Great Allegheny Passage to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County. The 9/11 Trail will continue across Pennsylvania to New Jersey.

Two options are being offered for riders on Saturday. Strong riders will meet at 10 a.m. at the Flight 93 National Memorial (follow signs to designated bike-ride parking) and bicycle to Rockwood and back, approximately 44 miles.

Intermediate riders will meet at Rockwood Mill Shoppes, 450 Main St., Rockwood, at 9:30 a.m., lock their bikes and drive vehicles to designated bike-ride parking at the National Memorial. Riders will be shuttled back to their bikes for the one-way ride from Rockwood to the National Memorial (22 miles). Anyone wishing to be shuttled must e-mail LHORBA member Brad Clemenson in advance.

Agency Spotlight

Tioga State Forest
This forest is tucked away in the northlands, but it's a magnet for outdoor lovers and sightseers. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Passport to History at Delaware Canal State Park
Sept. 30. Held 1-4 p.m. Come and learn the history of the Theodore Roosevelt Recreation area and the hydroelectric plant located there. Park staff and a local historian and author will be available to give tours of the building and provide historical photos of the area. For more information, call (610) 982-5560.

Pennsylvania Wilds Trails Conference
Oct. 4. Held 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. This conference is an inclusive trail workshop designed for all levels of trail enthusiasts and will include start-up and advanced courses.  It is targeted to assist volunteers, trail associations, and township, county and municipality employees on the “how-to” of trails from conception, to building, maintaining, and promoting land and water trails. Keynote speaker for this event will be Silas Chamberlin. Registration is required on or before September 27th and will include lunch.  To register, visit here or call (814) 274-4877. 

Sustainable Lands Bus Tour
A bus tour will soon take place in Montgomery County to highlight the importance of open space, storm water management, native plantings and more.  Attend the tour 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.

For more DCNR events, go here.

September 26, 2012

Agency Spotlight

Tioga State Forest

Tioga State Forest

This forest is tucked away in the northlands, but it's a magnet for outdoor lovers and sightseers. Read more...

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