Ellen Ferretti named DCNR Acting Secretary
DCNR Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry Ellen Ferretti will serve as the acting secretary of the department following the resignation of Rick Allan June 13.
"My responsibilities with DCNR have taken me to many parks and forests throughout the state, and I’ve learned how integral the department is to the people and communities where we work,” Ferretti said. “DCNR’s strength is its employees, and I know that together we can continue to be one of the best conservation agencies in the nation."
Ferretti has served as deputy secretary since June 2011. Read more...
Additional hunting opportunities in state parks, forests now available through Deer Management Assistance Program
Deer hunters now can apply for permits affording more hunting opportunities in state forestlands and state parks through the Game Commission’s Deer Management Assistance Program, or DMAP. Read more...
DCNR to invest in improving connection between Great Allegheny Passage and Point State Park
DCNR recently announced it will invest $2 million in capital budget monies to improve the connection between the Great Allegheny Passage and Point State Park in Pittsburgh. Read more...
Timbering operation planned at Reeds Gap State Park
DCNR has announced an 8-acre tract of hemlock trees beset by disease and insect damage at Reeds Gap State Park is targeted for removal to facilitate forest regeneration in a section of the Mifflin County woodlands. Read more...
DCNR grant supports new playground in State College
Mayors and officials attending the Pennsylvania Municipal League’s annual convention June 25 joined 200-plus volunteers from the Borough of State College, DCNR, the Centre Region Parks and Recreation, High Mark Blue Shield, organizers from non-profit KaBOOM! and residents of the Centre County region to build a new, child-designed playground at Orchard Park in State College. Read more...
DCNR and DMVA to provide programming for military service members at state parks
DCNR and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs have formed a partnership to honor veterans and service members with special programming in state parks. Read more...
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Gov. Corbett announces $23 Million available in Growing Greener Plus grants
DEP will begin accepting applications on June 22 through the Growing Greener Plus grant program for watershed protection and abandoned mine drainage projects, the agency announced today. Local governments, non-profits, schools, municipal authorities and watershed associations are eligible to apply.
$18 million is available for projects to improve and protect water quality; with an additional $3 million designated for watershed restoration work in federally listed priority watersheds and another $2 million for abandoned mine drainage projects. A formal notice announcing the grant solicitation, which runs through Aug. 16, appears in this week’s Pennsylvania Bulletin.
Act 13 impact fee revenues are expected to provide $27.5 million into the Environmental Stewardship Fund that in part supports the Growing Greener program this year. Growing Greener is also funded in part by a series of bond issues and a fee on waste entering landfills. The infusion of impact fee revenues restores funding levels to where they stood before the fund was obligated to pay debt service on the bond issues.
A total of $18 million is available through the Pennsylvania Growing Greener program for projects to improve water quality in impaired waterways or to protect water quality where the watershed may be threatened by non-point sources, such as agricultural or urban runoff or acid mine drainage. Approved projects for this section of the grant solicitation must be completed by Dec. 31, 2017. For more information, visit here.
North Branch Land Trust conserves 400 acres in Luzerne County
As part of a mitigation project with Pennsy Supply Corporation, North Branch Land Trust has permanently protected a 100-acre site in Dorrance Township and a 300-acre tract in Newport Township, both in Luzerne County. The 100 acres protect the Exceptional Value brook trout stream, Balliet Run. The 300-acre site protects known habitat for the endangered Indiana bat.
Pennsylvania's state fish, the brook trout has seen its range shrink within the state due to habitat loss caused by acid rain deposits, poorly planned development and climate change. The Indiana bat is listed as a state and federal endangered species. Reasons for the bat's decline include disturbance of colonies by human beings, pesticide use and loss of summer habitat resulting from the clearing of forest cover. Populations throughout the species' range are also threatened by the spread of white nose syndrome.
The conservation sites are owned by Pennsy Supply and Earth Conservancy and, with North Branch Land Trust's conservation easement, are now protected in perpetuity from any future development. To date, NBLT has protected over 12,500 acres of natural lands in northeastern Pennsylvania. It works with landowners and other stakeholders to help ensure conservation values on scenic and natural lands throughout the region are protected.
Landowners or other stakeholders interested in learning about land conservation options or in supporting the Land Trust strategic conservation mission can contact NBLT at (570) 696-5545.
‘Bike to Work’ winner named
Commuter Services of Pennsylvania has announced the winners of their fifth annual Bike to Work Week Challenge. The week-long event took place May 13 to May 17. A total of 90 participants logged nearly 2,740 miles while commuting to work by bicycle. Last year, 74 bicyclists logged 4,054 miles during the two week challenge that was extended due to bad weather.
Bradley Schultz, a Dauphin County resident and artist/illustrator with the Bureau of State Parks, won the grand prize for most miles logged—a total of 140 miles to his job at DCNR in Harrisburg. In recognition of his efforts, Schultz won a Bike Safety Pack that included bicycle related items, such as a water bottle and bike tool kit.
The Bike to Work Week Challenge was open to all employers in the participating counties of Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York, as well as commuters who live or work in these counties. For more information, visit here.
Tioga State Forest
This forest in Pennsylvania's northern tier has produced much timber over the years. Read more...
Three Valley Trail Hike at Caledonia State Park
July 3. Held 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Wear sturdy shoes & meet at the Blacksmith Shop for this three mile loop that uses the Ranble Trail, climbs the Three Valley Trail and returns on the Appalachian Trail. For more information, call (717) 352-2161.
For more DCNR events, go here.