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Landscape Summit draws on experiences, connections
Armed with success stories, questions and project ideas, more than 200 people descended on Harrisburg Jan. 14-15 to learn how communities are using their natural assets to drive local conservation, planning and community economic revitalization efforts.

From small business success stories in the Pennsylvania Wilds to funding land conservation efforts in populated areas of the state, the first Conservation Landscape Summit pulled together those people and organizations that are helping to create economic opportunities through shared vision—a vision where natural, cultural and heritage qualities are celebrated and protected.

DCNR Secretary Richard Allan opened up the conference by describing how his travels throughout the state have reinforced in him the value of our natural assets to local communities. Read more...

Independent review hails management of Pennsylvania’s state forests
DCNR released the results of an independent review team’s annual study of state forestlands today, affirming the state’s efforts to conserve resources through sound management. Read more...

DCNR acquires 207 acres for addition to Lackawanna State Forest
DCNR recently announced acquisition of 207 acres in Luzerne County that serve as an important buffer to Lackawanna State Forest and have long been popular with hunters, hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts. Read more...

Bureau of Forestry applauded for Hurricane Sandy efforts
It’s a drill the Bureau of Forestry’s Division of Forest Fire Protection knows so well: alert, feed, house and transport would-be firefighters from their Harrisburg mobilization center to infernos charring distant states like California, Nevada or Utah. Read more...

DCNR cosponsors statewide conference for private forestland owners
DCNR has announced it will cosponsor a first-ever private forest landowner conference focusing on conservation and management of privately owned woodlands across the state. Read more...

Bids approved for state park and forest improvements
The new year saw a start of construction on the shared-use Sand Mountain Trail stretching through three Centre County Townships in the Bald Eagle State Forest. Read more...

Also in the News

Energy efficient school showcased before students
A living roof. Water that is recycled again and again. Geothermal pumps for heating and cooling. Automatic sensors that turn lights on and off when needed.

Study aids were everywhere for a group of Northeastern Pennsylvania high school students immersed in an environmental education program that focuses on wise use of natural resources. On this field trip the classroom came alive, and students never had to leave the school. At least not this particular school. Its name says it all:

At EverGreen Elementary School in Salem Township, Luzerne County, the grand tour was on, the green carpet was out, and about 60 students and their teachers accepted. Representing 10 school districts, all are enrolled in the Community Connections to our Watershed program, run by DCNR.

The 104,000-square-foot school near Hamlin opened in fall 2011, at a cost of about $20 million. The building, which features environmentally-friendly features unique to Northeast Pennsylvania schools, has a capacity of 900 students and will offer a curriculum centered on its energy efficient construction. The district is seeking gold certification in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED, from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Agency Spotlight

Weiser State Forest
Coal and a rugged geology might be under the surface, but a healthy forest sits on top. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Snowshoe at Erie Bluffs State Park
Jan. 26. Held 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Enjoy an interpretive hike on the snow covered trails of Erie Bluffs State Park. A limited supply of snowshoes will be available for loan. No fees or registration, meet at the Erie Bluffs parking lot. For more information, call (814) 833-7424.

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.

January 23, 2013

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