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Canoe Creek State Park improvements require lowering of lake
Wide-ranging improvements benefiting swimmers, anglers and other visitors are planned at Canoe Creek State Park, Blair County, where a lake drawdown now is under way to facilitate the start of construction, DCNR Secretary Richard Allan has announced.

“When our park’s beach area reopens next spring visitors will find new ramps and sidewalks leading to the lake that provide safe, enjoyable swimming to those with special needs,” said Allan. “Anglers, meanwhile, should be delighted to learn a variety of fish habitat improvement and shoreline restoration and access projects will be undertaken at Canoe Lake.”

Planned construction requires the lake be lowered five feet. The drawdown, which began Oct. 1, will remain in effect until construction is completed in mid-March 2013. The 155-acre lake will remain open to both fishing and boating, but boat launches will be closed. No other park facilities will be impacted by the drawdown. Read more...

DCNR’s interactive map expanded to include state forest system
Looking to get lost, and still know exactly where you are? Read more...

Additional state forest roads opening for hunting seasons
Hunters heading into Pennsylvania’s state-owned woodlands this season will find additional roads open in 18 of the 20 state forest districts, DCNR announced late last month. Read more...

Next South Mountain lecture to focus on water quality and quantity in the region
The final lecture of the year in the South Mountain Speaker Series will focus on the challenges of conserving water quality and quantity in the region on Thursday, Nov. 8, in Memorial Auditorium at Shippensburg University. Read more...

Also in the News

Registration deadline for Landscape Summit is Oct. 15
With the upcoming two-day landscape summit set for Oct. 29-30 in Harrisburg, registration is fast approaching.

National landscape perspectives will be presented by keynoters Lynn Scarlett, co-director of the Center for Management of Ecological Wealth, Resources for the Future, and Robert Pirani, vice president for Environmental Programs for the Regional Plan Association. Ms. Scarlett was a former deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The summit will demonstrate how regional conservation landscape work is helping to build a better Pennsylvania and improve the quality of life for people living in these regions. For more information on the Conservation Landscape Summit, including an outline of the sessions and online registration, visit here.

Presque Isle combating invasives
This month the Bureau of State Parks is taking steps to address 170 acres of land at Presque Isle State Park that is inundated with the invasive plant species Narrow-leaf Cattail and Phragmite.

A helicopter will be making aerial applications of an herbicide and a portion of the park will be closed during the spraying.

The presence of these plants is damaging to the native plants as well as the overall habitat and ecosystem health on the park.

This work is being done as part of an inclusive project to remove invasive plants from Presque Isle. During the summer, park interns and staff members worked to push back invasive plants on more than 450 acres of park land by pulling, digging, cutting, or treating them with herbicide. The largest areas of infested areas can’t be controlled effectively by people on the ground, so the helicopter will assist with the application of herbicide in these areas.

All of the chemicals utilized in this treatment process are labeled for aquatic use, meaning they have been tested in aquatic environment and pose little to no risk to aquatic species. All of the treatment areas have been permitted for the application of herbicide by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission as well as the Department of Environmental Protection.

Agency Spotlight

William Penn State Forest
While there isn't much forest land, this district serves an important role. Read more...

Upcoming Events

The Seven Sisters at Cherry Springs State Park
Oct. 13. Held 8-9:30 p.m. Join park staff and volunteers as we explore spectacular star clusters and galaxies using binoculars. The park does have a limited number of binoculars to use so you may want to bring your own. We will also be using the park’s telescopes to view other deep space objects.

Programs are conducted at Night Sky Viewing Area which is located opposite the gated Astronomy Field. 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.

The park asks that visitors to the Night Sky programs to please leave their pets at home. Dim lighting, large crowds and sensitive equipment do not create a pet friendly environment. The weather can be cool and damp, dress accordingly. For further information, please call the Lyman Run State Park office at (814) 435-5010.

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.

October 10, 2012

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