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TreeVitalize efforts expanding across the state
To then-businessman and frequent Capitol visitor Richard Allan, they were a source of welcomed summertime shade and coolness, and vibrant fall colors.

To Michael Leff they were the green gems that pumped vibrancy and new lifestyles into dozens of community groups and municipalities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

To Daniel Devlin they were the epitome of childhood: something to climb, hide behind and provide a pile of leaves that just had to be jumped into and scattered in the breeze. Read more...


DCNR Sec. Allan visits Northampton County to highlight new opportunities for recreation, conservation
DCNR Secretary Richard Allan recently visited Hugh Moore Park in Easton to highlight the importance of local parks and trails to communities and economies. Read more...


Insect threat to hemlock trees discovered in Western Pa. state parks
A non-native, invasive insect that attacks and kills Eastern hemlock trees has advanced westward across Pennsylvania to Clarion and Jefferson counties where infestations have been confirmed in two state parks. Read more...


Envirothon again drawing students from across Pennsylvania
Tackling topics ranging from forest growth to healthy livestock, high school students from 66 counties are expected to participate May 21-22 when the Pennsylvania Envirothon marks its 30th year of sponsoring environmental competition. Read more...


Also in the News

Deadline nears for private forestry conference
Would-be attendees are reminded of the April 29 registration deadline for the first-ever, statewide Private Forest Landowners Conference, co-sponsored by DCNR and the Pennsylvania State University.

Addressing “The Future of Penns Woods,” the two-day conference begins May 10 at the Blair Convention Center in Altoona. Geared specifically for private woodlot and forest owners, the wide-ranging conference will offer a wide variety of guest speakers, topics and demonstration—all centered on forest conservation and protection. To register, visit here.


Sustainable Landscape Bus Tour to highlight six Luzerne County sites
Are you interested in learning how to manage your land in a healthier, more environmentally friendly way? Join us for a bus tour highlighting six sites throughout Luzerne County that showcase a variety of management techniques such as native plants, riparian buffers, rain gardens, parking lot bio-infiltration, grass parking pads, green roofs, pollinator gardens, native grassland meadows, and community gardens.

This bus tour, organized by DCNR, Penn State Cooperative Extension, and PA Environmental Council, will be held on May 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will begin at the Kirby Park Natural Area where they will board a charter bus and travel to the Plains Animal Hospital, Lands at Hillside Farm, Butler Township Community Garden/Center for Landscape Stewardship and Design, Life Expression Wellness Center, and Nescopeck State Park.

The cost for the program is $20.00, which includes the bus tour, lunch and a tour booklet highlighting the stops. To register by May 10, please contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension at 570-825-1701 or download the registration form here.


Agency Spotlight

Cornplanter State Forest
This state forest was named after a distinguished Seneca chief. Read more...


Upcoming Events

Wildflower Hike at Ohiopyle State Park
April 20. Held 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. We're going to celebrate Earth Day this year with our annual spring wildflower hike. We will hike on one of Pennsylvania's best wildflower areas (the Great Gorge Trail). Meet at the Cucumber Falls parking lot and bring your camera. For more information, contact the park.


For more DCNR events, go here.



April 17, 2013




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