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DCNR invites students to apply 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.

The Exploring Careers Outdoors Camp, or ECO Camp, will introduce 20 to 25 students in grades 10-12 to conservation and environmental careers.

"ECO Camp has become one of DCNR’s strongest success stories since its beginning 11 years ago,” DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said. Read more...

DCNR announces funding to help volunteer firefighters
With the approach of spring and the increased risk of forest and brush fires across the state, DCNR has announced federal grants again are available to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas. Read more...

Statewide conference for private forestland owners announced
DCNR will co-sponsor a two-day conference for landowners focused on conserving and managing privately owned woodlands. Read more...

Golden Eagle migration package at Nature Inn
During the peak of the annual golden eagle northern migration, spend an event filled weekend in central Pennsylvania viewing these majestic birds soaring overhead from atop Tussey Mountain as part of a package offered by the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle. Read more...

Also in the News

PA Wilds seeks nominations for ‘Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds’ awards
The Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team is looking to recognize individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that have done outstanding work in the last year to help grow and sustainably develop the outdoor recreation economy in the Pennsylvania Wilds—the Conservation Landscape Initiative that covers the northcentral region of the state. The 12½-county region, which covers about a quarter of the Commonwealth, boasts 29 state parks, 8 state forests, 50 state game lands, two National Wild & Scenic Rivers, some of the darkest skies in the world, the largest wild elk herd in the northeast and a National Forest.

Strategic planning, marketing, stewardship and infrastructure work are being done at the local, regional and state level by a variety of public and private sector partners to grow the region’s outdoor recreation economy and nature tourism industry in order to create jobs, diversify local economies, inspire stewardship and improve quality of life. The ‘Champion’ awards celebrate this work.

Categories for the 4rd Annual Champion of the PA Wilds Awards include: outstanding leader; tourism asset development and marketing; community character stewardship; conservation of natural assets; business development; youth outreach; artisan of the year; and outstanding event. Awards will be presented at the Planning Team’s Annual Dinner on May 2, 2013 at the Red Fern in St. Marys.

Nominations are due March 22. More details on the categories and application process are available here or by contacting Candi Hand at (814) 545-1333.

Agency Spotlight

Moshannon State Forest
This deep, dark forest was altered considerably by Americans' logging needs, but its tall pines and large chestnuts are looking to make a comeback. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Towpath Cross-Country Ski or Hike at Delaware Canal State Park
Feb. 23. Held 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Cross country ski or hike on the towpath, depending on conditions. Meet at 10:00 am in the parking lot adjacent to the Delaware Canal towpath at Tinicum Park, River Rd. (PA 32), Erwinna, PA. This will be a brisk paced bring your own cross country ski program, or hike if there is no snow. We will follow the towpath north or south for approx 3 miles and then return to Tinicum Park along the towpath (6 miles total). Bring water and snacks. Steady rain cancels. Contact leader before 9 am if doubtful. All are welcome. For more information, contact Ian Kindle at (610) 982-0166..

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. 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 20, 2013

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