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Pennsylvanians choose Monongahela as 2013 River of the Year
The Monongahela River, flowing through Greene, Fayette, Washington, Westmoreland and Allegheny counties, has been named Pennsylvania’s 2013 River of the Year following public, online voting across the state

For the third year in a row, public voting determined the selection from among six candidates for River of the Year honors. Among 25,450 ballots cast, the Monongahela River received 8,156 votes.

"Like so many of our great state rivers once sullied by mine drainage and other pollution, the Monongahela is surging back as a vital link to unlimited recreational potential and rich natural and historical resources,” DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said. Read more...

Gov. Corbett’s budget offers hope for future
Governor Tom Corbett on Feb. 5 presented his 2013-14 budget to the General Assembly, telling lawmakers that thanks to two years of fiscal restraint, Pennsylvania is now on a solid financial footing for the future. Read more...

Feds approve PPL transfer for land conservation
PPL Holtwood’s plan to transfer up to 1,260 additional acres of land to the Lancaster County Conservancy for preservation and public use has moved one step closer to reality. Read more...

South Mountain Speaker Series to feature four lectures in 2013
The fourth season of an innovative series of speakers will begin Thursday, Feb. 28, at Messiah College with a talk on a unique feature in the landscape—seasonal wetlands known as vernal pools that dot the South Mountain region. Read more...

Also in the News

Applicants sought for summer environmental careers camp
Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for DCNR's summer residential camp. Applications now are being accepted for the 11th annual Exploring Careers Outdoors Camp to be held at Kirby Episcopal House and Chapel, Mountain Top, Luzerne County.

For details, applications, visit here; email; write to ECO Camp Coordinator, Bureau of State Parks, Outdoor Programming Services Division, P.O. Box 8551, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551; or call 724-865-7857.

Agency Spotlight

Bald Eagle State Forest
This forest, in the center of the state, was the last stronghold of the mountain buffalo in the state. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Learn to Cross-country Ski at Parker Dam State Park
Feb. 9. Held 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Head out to Parker Dam and learn how to glide! You’ll be given the opportunity to learn how to get strapped onto the proper sized equipment, why the skis work the way that they do, and then we'll practice. We’ll provide you with the equipment (limited number and sizes). We now can provide equipment for children and youth also. Meet in the Environmental Education Classroom. (Note: There is a $3.00 fee for all participants of this program.) For more information, contact the 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. 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.

February 6, 2013

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