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DCNR and CONSOL Energy reach agreement related to Duke Lake in Ryerson Station State Park
DCNR has announced that it has reached a settlement with CONSOL Energy, Inc. to restore Duke Lake at Ryerson Station State Park, as well as add 506 acres to the park.

The lake was drawn down in July 2005 for safety reasons after inspections of the dam uncovered cracks and water seepage. It’s anticipated the lake will be restored by the summer of 2017.

"Greene County lost a significant recreational resource when the lake was drawn down, and many residents and community members expressed the need to get the dam replaced as soon as possible,” DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said. Read more...


Gov. Corbett visits Flight 93 Memorial, donates trees to honor fallen heroes
Governor Tom Corbett visited the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County on April 27 to honor the sacrifice of the passengers and crew by presenting donated trees for the site. Read more...


Delaware County’s Haverford Township wins Green Park Award
DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Director Lauren Imgrund recently presented Haverford Township in Delaware County with the fourth annual DCNR/PRPS Green Park Award. Read more...


Also in the News

DCNR webinar on Loyalsock available online
DCNR officials participated in a free, web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Marcellus Shale issues in the Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County, on April 25. “Information on Potential Loyalsock State Forest Natural Gas Development” is available online here as part of a series of one-hour webinars conducted by Penn State on natural gas drilling.

“DCNR has heard from numerous individuals and organizations on this issue through letters, phone calls and in a meeting this month with local stakeholders,” DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said. “This webinar provided us an additional opportunity to exchange information and respond to questions about potential gas development in the Loyalsock, where the state does not own the subsurface gas rights.”

Allan added that DCNR is in the process of planning an upcoming public meeting. Details will be shared in the coming weeks. For more information about possible gas development on the Loyalsock State Forest, visit here.


PA Wilds Planning Team recognizes efforts in sustainable tourism development
A small group of business owners, citizens and organizations from across the 12½ county Pennsylvania Wilds region have earned awards for their contributions in sustainable tourism development and will be honored at a awards dinner and regional tourism briefing May 2.

Each year, the PA Wilds Planning Team, a guiding body in this effort, gives out a small number of “Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds” awards to recognize outstanding efforts by local partners in this work. This year's winners will be recognized with a wooden plaque and citations from state and federal legislators at the Planning Team’s annual briefing and awards dinner at the Red Fern in St Marys.

This year's awards:

  • Business of the Year: Benezette Wines
  • Inspiring Youth Award: Don Bickford
  • Conservation Stewardship Award: Kim Bonfardine
  • Conservation Stewardship Award: Pennsylvania Wildlife Habitat Unlimited
  • Conservation Stewardship Award: Jackie Flynn
  • Great Places Award: Station Gallery
  • Great Event Award: Warren County Winterfest
  • Artisan of the Year: Nelson Haas
  • Outstanding Leader Award: Donald Hull
  • Outstanding Leader Award: Bob Imhof
  • Outstanding Leader Award: Joe Colosimo
  • Great Design Award: STEP, Inc
  • Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team Member of the Year Award: Jim Weaver
For more information about the Pennsylvania Wilds, visit here.


International focus on Evansburg State Park
Bowlers and batsmen. Wickets and creases. Standard terms in the national sport of England, not exactly commonplace among most visitors to Evansburg State Park. That could change May 2-5 when the Montgomery County state park hosts the 21st Annual Philadelphia Cricket Festival.

Matches will be played at Evansburg’s cricket yard as well as Merion Cricket Club, Philadelphia Cricket Club, Germantown Country Club and Haverford College. The public is welcome and there is no charge to view park matches, beginning by 10 a.m. each day.

Proceeds from the matches benefit the U.S. Youth Cricket Association (USYCA), a non-profit organization established to develop the game of cricket in the United States. Eighteen teams will be taking part. Five are local to the area; 10 are from across the United States; two from Australia and one from the United Kingdom.

Evansburg State park matches will be played off Skippack Creek Road, between Germantown Pike and Mill Road. Festival details can be found here.


Agency Spotlight

Clear Creek State Forest
Much of this state forest runs along the Allegheny and Clarion rivers. Read more...


Upcoming Events

Lake View Trail Hike at Tuscarora State Park
May 5. Held 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow and Lake View Trails on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm. The hike is 6.5 miles in length and moderate to difficult. The trails cross over two creeks and runs parallel to the lake. We will have a spectacular view from the dam. We just added a new section to the trail, so come and check it out. Meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off of Tuscarora Mountain Road. This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Shine only. For more information or weather conditions, contact Robin at (570) 467-2506 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


For more DCNR events, go here.



May 1, 2013




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