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Vote now for Pennsylvania’s 2013 River of the Year
The public is invited to again vote online for the 2013 Pennsylvania River of the Year, choosing from among six waterways nominated across the state.

The rivers nominated are: Juniata River and Swatara Creek in south central Pennsylvania; Kiskiminetas and Monongahela rivers in the southwest; Lackawanna River in the northeast; and Schuylkill River in the southeast.

“Individually, each of these waterways showcases unique natural resources and recreational potential,” DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan said. Read more...

Foundation announces historical structures fund at Presque Isle
The Erie Community Foundation has made a donation to benefit the historical structures at Presque Isle State Park. Read more...

DCNR appoints new manager at Tobyhanna State Park Complex
DCNR has named Jennifer Naugle manager of Tobyhanna State Park complex, an area encompassing three state parks and more than 9,500 acres of land in Monroe and Wayne counties. Read more...

857-acre Beaver Run Hunting and Fishing Club permanently protected
DCNR joined the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Beaver Run Hunting and Fishing Club in celebrating the protection of the club’s 857-acre, natural resource-rich property in southern Pike County. Read more...

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Final chance to register for Conservation Landscape Summit
Time is running out to register for the rescheduled Conservation Landscape Summit, Jan. 14-15, 2013, in Harrisburg. Originally planned for Oct. 29-30, 2012, the summit was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. More than 200 local and state officials, county planners, downtown managers, economic development officials, recreation providers, tourism promotion agencies, and conservation organizations are expected to attend.

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 had registered for the original summit date, 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.

State parks marking new year with ‘First Day Hikes’ across Pennsylvania
Helping visitors ring in 2013 with healthy exercise and a glimpse of nature’s winter beauty, the Bureau of State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes in 18 state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.

Organized by the National Association of State Park Directors, the nationwide, New Year’s Day hikes originated more than 20 years ago in Milton, Mass. The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year-round recreation at state parks. State involvement has to grown to the point where, for the first time in 2012, all 50 state park systems joined together to sponsor First Day Hikes. Participating state parks are:

Bald Eagle, Black Moshannon, Leonard Harrison, Kinzua Bridge, Ohiopyle, Moraine, Raccoon Creek, Pymatuning, Keystone, Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, Canoe Creek, Lackawanna, Promised Land, Nescopeck, Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, Marsh Creek, French Creek and Delaware Canal. For more information, visit here.

National organization honors the borough of Columbia
The National League of Cities recently awarded medals to 118 communities across the country including Columbia Borough in Lancaster County, in recognition of their outstanding efforts to adopt sustainable and holistic policies that improve communities' access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity. Columbia was among 12 communities cited for their highest overall achievements.

The National League of Cities lauded Columbia for its efforts to improve borough parks, promote fresh foods offered in its public market and improve food choices in schools. Included in the Columbia’s improvement efforts was a $50,000 renovation of Rotary Park, funded by DCNR, the local Rotary Club and the borough. The work is expected to be completed early next year.

The borough also plans to add 14 acres to River Park. In addition to creating a passive recreation area, the park will contain a trailhead for the Northwest River Trail. The 14-mile trail is being created in conjunction with other municipalities along the Susquehanna River. For more information about the award, go here.

Agency Spotlight

Buchanan State Forest
Named after Pennsylvania's only president, this forest is all about ridges and valleys. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Winter Backyard Birding at Sinnemahoning State Park
Dec. 22. Held 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Spring is a long way away, and Pennsylvania’s birds are dealing with harsh winter conditions. Setting up a backyard bird feeder is an excellent way to help them survive a difficult time of year. Join Sinnemahoning State Park’s naturalist for an informative program on attracting, feeding, and identifying the area’s winter residents. The program will wind up with a chance to make a pinecone bird feeder to hang in your own backyard! Meet at the new Wildlife Center on Park Road near the Cameron/Potter county line. Call the park at (814) 647-8401 for more information or directions.

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. 13: Enola – Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors: Administration Building
  • 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 19, 2012

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