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Gov. Corbett participates in ceremony to return fountain at Point State Park to Pittsburgh’s skyline
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett joined the people of Pittsburgh June 7 to return the Point State Park fountain to the city skyline, completing a more than six-year, multi-million dollar renovation of the park that hosts more than 3 million visitors annually.

"Today the fountain’s welcoming column of water once again soars high above Point State Park, highlighting the unique confluence of the three rivers at this historic place,” Corbett said during a public ceremony at the park. “Our investment in Point State Park is a gift from the commonwealth to the City of Pittsburgh and its visitors so they can reflect on history, enjoy nature and be reminded of the city’s strength and vitality."

The fountain was turned off in April 2009.

Pennsylvania state parks celebrating ‘Great Outdoors Month’ activities
State parks across Pennsylvania are hosting special events and activities during June as part of the nationwide observance of “Great Outdoors Month." Read more...

Monongahela celebration highlights ‘PA Rivers Month’ activities
Fun on Pennsylvania’s rivers—from canoes and kayaks slicing though white water to leisurely tube floats—will draw thousands of paddlers and other outdoors enthusiasts to waterways across the state this summer. Read more...

York County students garner 2013 Pennsylvania Envirothon honors
A group of home-schooled students from York County will be carrying the Pennsylvania banner when the best and the brightest in high school-based environmental competition meet in Montana in about two months to vie for North American Envirothon honors. Read more...

Bids approved for storm damage repairs, other state park and forest projects
Ongoing attempts to see Delaware Canal State Park rebound from a one-two-three punch of destructive storms took a major step forward when DCNR awarded two major bids for repair and reconstruction work along the canal stretching from Easton, Northampton County, to Bristol, Bucks County. Read more...

Volunteers pitch in to ‘float’ wetlands at Frances Slocum State Park
It may take a village to raise a child, but how many “villagers” does it take to raise an island? Read more...

Also in the News

DCNR announces grants available for protecting non-game species
The Wild Resource Conservation Program is again accepting applications for grants to protect the state’s native biodiversity. The program, overseen by DCNR, safeguards Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants and their habitat. It has awarded more than 1,800 grants in support of research, conservation and education projects across Pennsylvania. Grant applications will be accepted in four specific areas: species surveys; conservation and management; research; and educational media.

Launched in 1982, the program encourages and supports research and protection efforts to conserve Pennsylvania’s diverse native wildlife resources, including bird and mammal species, amphibians and reptiles, insects and wild plants.

Applications are being accepted through July 1 for work to be performed between January 2013 and June 2014. Applications will only be accepted electronically through DCNR’s eGrants online grant application system. To apply for a grant, or to learn more about the application process and this year’s priorities, visit here.

Agency Spotlight

Sproul State Forest
This remote forest just north of the Allgheny Front was named after a governor. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Morning Paddle at Little Buffalo State Park
June 15. Held 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Join us for a shoreline paddle tour on Holman Lake. Bring your own kayak or borrow one from the park. Registration is required and limited by the number of boats we have. Suitable for beginners or novices. Must be 12 years or older to participate, under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants must pre-register by calling (717) 567-9255. Meet at the main boat launch.

For more DCNR events, go here.

June 12, 2013

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