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Pine Grove Furnace State Park celebrates 100th anniversary with activities, improvements
DCNR Secretary Richard Allan recently announced a schedule of events in 2013 to mark 100 years since the state took ownership of the lands that are now Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

"Pine Grove Furnace State Park is 100 years old, and like many of the attractions at our 120 state parks, it is steeped in history,” Allan said. “Pine Grove helped fuel the industrial revolution by housing several iron works companies, it includes trails and facilities built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and sits at the half-way point of the Appalachian Trail.

"Our anniversary events celebrate history, leadership, connections to the outdoors, and hiking; and with our many partners, we invite everyone to attend these free events at the park,” Allan said. Read more...

State agencies announce Bike to Work Week; community ride, expo on May 17
Pennsylvania will join states across the nation in recognizing May 2013 as National Bike Month, as well as May 13 to 17 as Bike to Work Week, and May 17 as Bike to Work Day. Read more...

DCNR web map to chart progress of gypsy moth aerial spraying
DCNR has developed an interactive, web-based map enabling users to track progress of gypsy moth spraying operations across the state. Read more...

South Mountain mini-grants available
The South Mountain Partnership Mini-Grant program, administered by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, is currently accepting applications for the 2013 grant round until July 31. Read more...

Also in the News

Environmental group honors DCNR Deputy Secretary Dunn
DCNR Deputy Secretary Cindy Dunn was honored by the Pa. Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP) with the Karl Mason Award for her “significant contribution to the betterment of Pennsylvania's environment.”

Karl Mason served as Pennsylvania’s first State Environmental Administrator from 1952 until his death in 1966. The association describes Mason as an environmental leader who “believed and put into practice the notion that environmental protection is primarily the business of professionals who have the skills by virtue of their scientific training to manage the technical and scientific complexities of maintaining a safe, healthy and clean environment.”

The Karl Mason Award was created to commemorate his vision of a strong, well-managed environmental program. Stewardship of the Karl Mason Award rests with PAEP, but anyone may submit a nomination to the association. The award is given to a Pennsylvania person, organization, or project that has “made a significant contribution to the betterment of Pennsylvania's environment, exemplifying Karl Mason's vision.”

Cindy was presented with the award on May 9, at the PAEP’s annual conference.

Agency Spotlight

Gallitzin State Forest
This forest was named for the "Priest of the Alleghenies." Read more...

Upcoming Events

Kayak Scavenger Hunt at Cowans Gap State Park
May 19. Held 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Set out from the Nature Center on a hunt around Cowans Lake. See if you can find everything on the list to earn a prize! A few single-person kayaks and one tandem will be available to borrow but must be reserved in advance by calling Renae Saum at 717-485-9018 or by registering on-line at the DCNR Calendar of Events page. If you are bringing your own kayak, please still sign-up in advance and let us know you are equipped. Participants must be at least 12 years old, and anyone under 18 years old has to be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets are required for this program.

For more DCNR events, go here.

May 15, 2013

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