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DCNR to hold public meeting June 3 on possible gas development in Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County
DCNR Secretary Richard Allan has announced that the department will hold a public meeting on Marcellus Shale issues in the Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 3 at Lycoming College in Williamsport.

"DCNR is responding to requests that the public be given the chance to provide the department with information and comments on possible gas development in the Loyalsock, in an area where we do not own the subsurface rights,” Allan said. “This meeting is the completion of a series of interactions with the public regarding this complicated and long-standing issue, including a local stakeholder meeting and a public web-based information session."

As a result of a 1989 Commonwealth Court decision, about 25,000 acres of the Loyalsock State Forest are in a unique and complex situation in terms of surface ownership and rights. Read more...

Pennsylvania’s Hiking Week showcasing state’s trails, walkways
Hikers once again will be picking their pace and path through Pennsylvania’s bountiful outdoors during Hiking Week 2013—which began on Saturday, May 25—offering participants a variety of organized hikes across the state. Read more...

Special programs await campers at many Pennsylvania state parks
Both novice and experienced campers will find two promotional programs fueling new interests and activities as the Memorial Day weekend kicks off the traditional camping season at state parks across the state. Read more...

DCNR designates Clearfield County tract a wild plant sanctuary
DCNR has designated a new Wild Plant Sanctuary in Bloom Township, Clearfield County. Read more...

DCNR salutes employees’ award-winning efforts
Whether scrambling to help muzzle deadly wildfires out West, or repair and rebuild after hurricanes and tropical storms close to home, some DCNR workers excelled. Read more...

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DCNR deputy secretary to emcee A.T. Hall of Fame Banquet
DCNR Deputy Secretary for Conservation and Technical Services Cindy Adams Dunn will emcee the third annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet on June 7 at 6 p.m. at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. Musical entertainment for the banquet will be provided by Randy “Windtalker” Motz, a 2006 A.T. thru-hiker.

As deputy secretary, Dunn leads DCNR’s work in landscape conservation and administers the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and the Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey.

Honorees in the 2013 Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame class are Ruth Blackburn of Bethesda, Maryland, David Field of Hampden, Maine, David Sherman of Washington, D. C., David Startzell of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and Eddie Stone from Gainesville, Georgia.

Windtalker will perform his unique contemporary style of Native American flute music described as “Native SoundScapes.” Throughout his performance, stunning photos of the Appalachian Trail will be shown on a large screen, taking the audience on a peaceful and mesmerizing journey from Georgia to Maine. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the dinner, which begins at 7 p.m. For more information go here.

Agency Spotlight

Forbes State Forest
This forest provides a host of recreational opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Family Camping at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
June 8-9. Held 6:00 - 8:00 a.m. Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with a camping trip at Jacobsburg! Camping is easy with equipment and instruction provided by the staff at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center. First-time campers learn how to set up a tent, build a fire, and enjoy the outdoors under the night sky. Storytelling and Dutch oven cooking demonstration will be provided by the Jacobsburg Historical Society. Cost: $20 per family.

For more DCNR events, go here.

May 29, 2013

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