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Gov. Corbett announces $26.5 million investment to improve recreation, community revitalization efforts across Pennsylvania
Governor Tom Corbett this week announced an investment of $26.5 million for 198 projects across Pennsylvania that will revitalize communities, create new recreational opportunities, and conserve natural resources.

“Our parks are among the things that tie us all together—a place to meet for leisure, for entertainment, for recreation and for tourism,” Corbett said.

The governor made the announcement at Coleman Memorial Park in Lebanon, where he was joined by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), Rep. Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon) and Lebanon City Mayor Sherry Capello. Read more...

Officials break ground for Benjamin Rush State Park improvements
They all were there. Community gardeners, radio-controlled airplane operators, civic association members. Even a generous scattering of park passers-by. Read more...

Venison donations sought by Hunters Sharing the Harvest
When an annual effort steers desperately needed food from the forests of Pennsylvania to the empty plates of the state’s needy, thanks go to an army of chefs working in the benevolent kitchen that is Hunters Sharing the Harvest. Read more...

DCNR adds information about Pennsylvania’s geology to interactive online map
DCNR has added new state geologic information to the interactive geographic information systems map. Read more...

Family, friends, DCNR officials honor late state forester
When the Nelson family gathers Thursday at the holiday table, its members have a bittersweet reason to be thankful. Read more...

Also in the News

Grant workshops slated for February 2013
DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation & Conservation is once again hosting a series of grant workshops throughout February to kick off the 2013 Community Conservation Partnership Program grant round. The program opens January 9 and runs through April 10.

Workshops are designed to assist potential grant applicants with preparing their applications and providing information about the program. The workshop locations are:

  • Feb. 6: Conshohocken – Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus: Fire Academy
  • Feb. 7: Doylestown – Heritage Conservancy: Aldie Mansion
  • Feb. 13: Enola – Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors: Administration Building
  • Feb. 19: Boalsburg – Pa. Military Museum
  • Feb. 20: Nanticoke – Luzerne County Community College: Educational Conference Center
  • Feb. 26: Franklin Park – Franklin Park Borough: Blueberry Hill Park Activity Center
  • Feb. 27: Clarion – Clarion University: Gemmell Student Complex
In addition to the grant workshops, the bureau is also hosting a webinar on Nov. 29 at 10:00 a.m. The webinar will provide a general overview of the grant program, the types of grant projects, matching fund requirements, eligible applicants and projects, and how to create a “ready to go” competitive grant application. Availability is limited.

Pre-registration is required for either the webinar or the workshops, and can be done here. For more information, contact the Bureau of Recreation & Conservation’s Linda Manning.

Heritage PA unveils new website
HeritagePA, an association of the 12 heritage areas in Pennsylvania, has launched its new website at that can provide assistance for all of the above and more.

The HeritagePA areas are large geographical regions that represent an important industrial era of Pennsylvania’s history and also encompass important cultural assets and natural and scenic resources so important to that particular area.

The new site enables visitors to access all 12 HeritagePA areas from one site, making it easier to find history, events and relevant information about each region. The 12 members of the HeritagePA Association operate under the umbrella of DCNR. For more information, contact at (412) 377-8364.

Fish and Boat Commission kicks-off the holiday season
Starting Dec. 1, the Fish and Boat Commission is launching a new fishing sweepstakes contest to give away a series of 10 fishing trips across the state for many of the Commonwealth’s popular game fish. The general public will be eligible to participate in the sweepstakes with no purchase necessary, but online registration is required.

Dec. 1 also starts the Commission’s sales of its 2013 fishing license gift vouchers and its new multiple-year fishing licenses. Just in time for the holiday season, what could be better that giving the “gift of fishing” with a fishing license gift voucher to an angler on your list. Also, the agency will be also selling 3-year and 5-year fishing licenses for the first time in its 146-year history. In addition to cost savings and convenience, multi-year license customers will also receive a free subscription to the Commission’s digital magazine, Pennsylvania Angler and Boater, along with many other rewards for discounts and special offers.

Starting Dec. 1, to register for the sweepstakes and to know more and order gift vouchers and multi-year licenses, visit here.

Agency Spotlight

Elk State Forest
This forest has had some of the finest white pine trees in the country. Read more...

Upcoming Events

AMC High Rocks Camera Hike at Ralph Stover State Park
Dec. 3. Held 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Join Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) leader and state park educator Ian Kindle for a leisurely hike with a focus on digital camera skills and techniques at the High Rocks Vista trails area. Late fall/early winter is an interesting time for photography. On this hike we'll discuss lighting and light techniques. While participants can take photos of anything, the suggested subject for the hike will be closeups of natural patterns. All are welcome, but some basic knowledge of digital photography and cameras will be helpful. Bring your own camera, or loaner Canon Powershot cameras will be available upon request. Registration is required. For more information, contact Ian Kindle.

For more DCNR events, go here.

November 21, 2012

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