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DCNR joins in groundbreaking for Venango County trail segment
When not addressing senatorial duties, Mary Jo White has a favorite pastime. She enjoys checking out-of-state license plates of vehicles in the parks and along the trails and greenways that abound in her northwestern Pennsylvania district based in Venango County.

"Those vehicles are coming from Ohio, New York and New Jersey,” Sen. White said, “and their operators are driving hundreds of miles to see and enjoy what so many of us are so fortunate to have right outside our door."

On Oct. 25 the state senator joined DCNR Secretary Richard Allan and others in giving those visitors yet another reason to come: ground was broken in Oil City for a key segment of the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail, stretching eventually from Erie’s Presque Isle Bay to Point State Park in Pittsburgh. Read more...


DCNR aids in Erie County park rehabilitation
Imagine a township park with a backdrop of Lake Erie’s sun-dappled waters reaching out to the horizon. Read more...


Nominations sought for 2013 River of the Year voting process
Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations are invited to nominate waterways for the 2013 Pennsylvania River of the Year. Read more...


A day for geology at Ohiopyle State Park
Ohiopyle State Park visitors recently were invited to take a step back in time—way back in time—to trace the evolution of the landscape and other geologic history of the Fayette County park with the many rock formations. Read more...


Theatre at TREC goes digital
The Big Green Screen Theatre located in the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle State Park has made the move to digital cinema technology. Read more...


Also in the News

State parks, forests dodge brunt of Hurricane Sandy
Power outages, downed trees and limbs, and other wind damage were commonplace in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, but state parks and state forests were spared the severe damage associated with the historic coastal storm that struck Oct. 29-30.

Most damage addressed by DCNR was confined to state parks in the eastern section of the state, Region 4. Two state parks—Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, Northampton County, and Delaware Canal State Park, Bucks and Northampton counties—remained without power as of Tuesday. Park visitation and camping reservations were temporarily affected as outages crimped telephone, internet and other operations at at least nine other parks. Affected were:

Fort Washington, Montgomery County; Hickory Run, Carbon County; Lackawanna, Lackawanna County; Memorial Lake, Lebanon County; Nockamixon, Bucks County; Promised Land, Pike County; Tuscarora, Schuylkill County; Tyler, Bucks County; White Clay Creek, Delaware County.

In addition, wind and falling tree/limb damage was reported at Beltzville State Park, Carbon County; Hickory Run; Lehigh Gorge, Carbon County; Lackawanna. In Nockamixon, a tree toppled on a cabin and the occupant’s car. In Nockamixon’s marina, high winds and heavy rain left 12 boats submerged.


Conservation Landscape Summit rescheduled
Hurricane Sandy forced the postponement of the Conservation Landscape Summit, originally planned for Oct. 29-30. The summit has been rescheduled for Jan. 14-15, 2013, again at the Best Western Premier Hotel in Harrisburg. The summit will bring together more than 200 local and state officials, county planners, downtown managers, economic development officials, recreation providers, tourism promotion agencies, conservation organizations and others from existing conservation landscapes and from areas of the state not yet taking a conservation landscape approach to planning and tourism.

The goal of the summit is to build a further understanding of and enthusiasm for packaging conservation, recreation and economic development interests in large landscapes that have significant natural resources and commonwealth investment, i.e. parks, forests, trails and land protection.

Keynoter Lynn Scarlett will discuss national landscape work, and how Pennsylvania is a leading the charge. Scarlett is a national government and academia expert on issues related to effective stewardship of land, water and wildlife resources.

If you have already registered, please contact Josh Karns or 717-230-8044 x305 to confirm that you can attend the rescheduled date or to arrange for a refund. If you did not register for the original date, you may register for the new January date through the updated registration page.


Bid awarded for new boat launch on Susquehanna River’s West Branch
A bid totaling $343,850 was awarded last month by DCNR to a State College construction company, clearing the way for construction of a new boat launch ramp for kayak and canoes on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.

HRI Inc. will be overseeing construction of the facility in the Sproul State Forest District, Grugan Township, Clinton County. The ramp will be located between Hyner View State Park and Lock Haven. A spring 2013 construction start is anticipated.

Another DCNR bid totaling $40,610 was awarded to Franks Electrical Construction Inc., Leck Kill, for electrical repairs at the Moshannon State Forest District Office, Pine Township, Clearfield County.


Agency Spotlight

Michaux State Forest
This forest covers the geologically ancient South Mountain and its surroundings. Read more...


Upcoming Events

GPS Basics at Parker Dam State Park
Nov. 17. Held 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Learn how to use a recreational GPS unit for things like marking a waypoint, navigating to places you’ve been, or haven’t been, and even geocaching. Learning how to use one could even save you from spending a night in the woods. Bring along your own unit or borrow one of the park’s. Meet in the Environmental Education Classroom. Call (814) 765-0630 for more information.


For more DCNR events, go here.



November 7, 2012




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