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Sec. Allan helps celebrate 20th anniversary of Keystone Fund
DCNR Secretary Richard Allan joined partners from across Pennsylvania and the original 1993 legislative champions this week to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund at a special event in the Capitol Rotunda.

"Since 1993, grant investments through the Keystone program have worked to bolster our vision for the strength of our economy, the vibrancy of our communities, the health of our families and our quality of life in Pennsylvania," Allan said. "The legacy of the Keystone program is that it allows us to partner with communities so that they can expand and improve the wonderful assets that make the places we call home vital and attractive."

The anniversary celebration included the release of a report by The Trust for Public Land finding that every $1 invested by the Keystone Fund in land and water conservation returns $7 in economic value of natural goods and services. Read more...

DCNR to resume spraying woodlands to combat gypsy moth damage
DCNR will target eight counties in an aerial spraying effort to combat the effects of growing gypsy moth populations in northwest and north central Pennsylvania. Read more...

Gov. Corbett declares March 17-23 Wildfire Prevention Week
Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed March 17-23 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Pennsylvania, noting warming temperatures and drying March winds have combined to increase fire dangers across Pennsylvania’s forests and brush lands. Read more...

Company donates bikes for park ranger patrol at two state parks
Recreation Equipment Inc. (REI) Bedford Distribution Center donated two mountain bikes to Canoe Creek and Trough Creek state parks for ranger patrol. Read more...

Also in the News

Pa. Trails Advisory Committee releases 2012 annual report
Shining a light on the work they've been doing on Pennsylvania's trail network, the Trails Advisory Committee report highlights major accomplishments on over 50 trails throughout Pennsylvania. These projects represent significant accomplishments in trail planning, development, construction, maintenance and promotion.

The report also highlights: the construction of 74 miles of new trails; bridges that were built; improved trail access; the organization of trail work crews; numerous trail tours and sojourns that were offered; the creation of user-friendly mobile apps and web resources; publishing videos about PA trails on YouTube; and developing signage for trail users.

The Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee, in coordination with DCNR, continues to work toward the ambitious goal of a trail in every community throughout Pennsylvania. The annual report can be downloaded here. For more information please visit and

DCNR personnel attend Pa. Women Veterans symposium
Looking for a way to better connect with women veterans, DCNR participated in the first ever Pennsylvania Women Veterans Symposium, hosted by the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation and the Pa. Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs. Held March 8-10 at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg, the seminar covered issues such as health and wellness, legal issues, and making transitions to civilian business and entrepeneurship.

DCNR staff from the Bureaus of Human Resources, State Parks and State Forests provided information to the three hundred attendees on everything from recreational opportunities and environmental education in Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests to employment opportunities. For more information, visit

Agency Spotlight

Susquehannock State Forest
It's hardly a surprise this forest was named after the local Indian tribe. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Maple Weekend Open House at Hills Creek State Park
March 23. Held 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Bring the whole family to Hills Creek State Park and learn how pure maple syrup is processed from the tree to your table. The Maple Open House will be held in conjunction with the Potter/Tioga Maple Producers Annual Maple Weekend. Taste our finished product, and find out how you can ‘tap’ into the resource in your own backyard. Arrive anytime (10:00 - 4:00).

Plan to enjoy about an hour with us in order to experience what each station has to offer. You will learn how to identify maple trees, how to tap trees and collect sap, the history of maple syrup making, and how the finished product is made. This event is free. Large groups should contact the park to schedule specific tour times.

For more DCNR events, go here.

March 20, 2013

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