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DCNR offers holiday gift ideas that support state parks, forests
DCNR has several holiday gift-giving ideas that are perfect for those who want to protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources and enjoy state parks and forests.

Holiday gift-givers can support Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks by purchasing the 2013 special edition state park calendar that commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps. It features historic images and information that highlights the important role the corps played in creating the parks we love and enjoy today. The 10” x 13” calendar costs $8.49, plus sales tax and shipping, and can be ordered by calling 1-888-PAPARKS.

A state park gift card can be purchased in any dollar amount and may be used for campsites, cabins and pavilions anywhere they are available. Read more...


Additional state forest roads opened for deer hunting season
More accessible areas and expanded hunting opportunities have awaited hunters as they’ve headed into state forestlands for the traditional two-week white-tailed deer season. Read more...


Study shows Pennsylvania water trails support local economies, jobs
Visitors to four Pennsylvania water trails during the summer of 2012 generated almost three-quarters of a million dollars in economic activity and supported 11 full-time jobs. Read more...


Kinzua Sky Walk recognized with ‘Best Project’ award
DCNR and Herbert, Rowland & Grubic recently announced that the Kinzua Sky Walk project, a tourist attraction and civil engineering landmark located in McKean County, is being recognized with Engineering News-Record’s prestigious Mid-Atlantic’s Best Project award in the small projects under $10 million category. Read more...


DCNR making a pronounced mark in GIS technology
There’s a clear-cut reason why DCNR played such a prominent role in last month’s Central Pennsylvania GIS Day event at Harrisburg Area Community College. Read more...


Also in the News

PGC urges participation in Christmas bird count
Pa. Game Commission officials are urging wildlife enthusiasts to join the tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the United States in the Audubon Society’s 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which will take place Dec. 14 through Jan. 5.

“The data collected through this effort—which is the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations—allows researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America,” said Dan Brauning, Game Commission wildlife diversity division chief. “When combined with other surveys, such as the Breeding Bird Survey, it provides a picture of how the continent's bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years.”

Local counts will occur on one day between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. Volunteers can pick the most convenient circle, or participate in more than one count. There is a specific methodology to the CBC, but everyone can participate. For more information, visit the Audubon Society.


Agency Spotlight

Loyalsock State Forest
This forest is where the glaciers ended and the Endless Mountains began. Read more...


Upcoming Events

Trail of New Giants at Parker Dam State Park
Dec. 15. Held 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. This is a little more difficult trail because of the terrain, but is only about a mile long. The view at the top is worth the effort however. Please wear appropriate shoes. Meet outside the Lou and Helen Adams CCC Museum. For more information, contact Parker Dam State Park at (814) 765-0630.


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

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


For more DCNR events, go here.



December 5, 2012




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