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Fireworks and more at Point State Park July 4
Our nation’s independence was celebrated in grand style for the Fourth of July holiday at the newly renovated Point State Park in Pittsburgh.

Governor Tom Corbett helped to fire an 18th century replica cannon housed at the Fort Pitt Museum at the park to officially begin the more than 20-minute “Fireworks Fantasia” on July 4.

A six-person crew of colonial re-enactors assisted in firing a blank round in the 600-pound cannon, which was made entirely in Western Pennsylvania. Read more...

New D&L Trail provides miles to explore in Luzerne County
Acting DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti joined partners on Monday for the grand opening of the new Black Diamond Section of the D&L Trail in Luzerne County. Read more...

Customers to receive snowmobile, ATV renewals faster with new PennDOT, DCNR partnership
PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch and DCNR Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti have announced that customers will receive their ATV and snowmobile vehicle registration renewals two to four weeks faster through a new interagency partnership. Read more...

‘Prowl the Sproul’ State Forest hiking activities set for July 19-21
Hikers and other visitors are invited to again sample the rugged beauty of the Sproul State Forest when the three-day “Prowl the Sproul” series of hikes steps off Friday, July 19. Read more...

2013 ‘Fish for Millions!’ contest nets big winners
For the third year the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Cabela’s has partnered in a nation-wide tagged-fish contest that saw “Fish for Millions!” competition drawing thousands of Pennsylvania contestants—including one very lucky angler fishing Keystone Lake in Westmoreland County’s Keystone State Park. Read more...

Pa. fire wardens garner award for wildfire prevention efforts
Before more than 350 of their wildfire fighting colleagues gathered at a Union County training camp, Pennsylvania Fire Wardens were honored with a federal Forest Service award for their team-effort approach to preventing wildfires. Read more...

Also in the News

DCNR budget about level with previous fiscal year
On Sunday night, June 30, Governor Tom Corbett signed the 2013-14 budget that helps children receive the best education possible and helps employers grow jobs, without raising taxes for working families.

“This budget once again provides record levels of state funding for basic education, while meeting our obligations to those in need, ensuring the safety of our citizens and supporting our job creators,’’ Corbett said.

DCNR’s budget will remain about level-funded with the past fiscal year, which will allow the department to operate as it currently does without cuts to programs and services. Although DCNR did receive about a $30 million reduction in dollars from the General Fund, that amount was offset with a transfer of dollars from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund.

“State parks will remain open and forest operations will continue their important work,” DCNR Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti said. “And because economic activity has been slowly building, DCNR will be able to continue its community recreation and conservation grant and critical infrastructure work."

The budget numbers are not based on additional leasing of state forestland, but instead depend on a carryover of dollars from the past fiscal year and the rents and royalties that will be realized from gas extraction on state forest lands already under lease.

For more information about the budget, visit here.

Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund report available
The 2012-13 Keystone Report is now available on DCNR’s web site here. The annual report, prepared for the governor and General Assembly, details how DCNR is administering funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Act, or “Key 93,” which became law in July 1993.

DCNR uses funding from the Keystone Fund for rehabilitation and upgrading state park and forest facilities; matching grants for planning, acquisition and development of county and local parks and trails; open space and land trust grants for natural areas and open space planning and acquisition; and rivers protection and conservation. The report is a list of projects committed in FY 2012-13, which are park and forest infrastructure construction, maintenance or rehabilitation projects and related administrative program costs.

Pa. Game Commission executive director to retire
PGC Executive Director Carl G. Roe has announced his plans to step down next year. Roe has spent more than eight years heading the agency.

Roe joined the Game Commission in 2001 as the agency’s first-ever long-range strategic planner. The Game Commission’s strategic plan, which charts a course for present and future wildlife management statewide, is a product of his efforts. Among its objectives, the plan contains one of Roe’s most well-known guiding philosophies—that Pennsylvanians should understand the Game Commission plays an integral role in the encounters people have with wildlife.

For more information on the Pa. Game Commission, visit here.

Agency Spotlight

Lackawanna State Forest
This still-expanding state forest began in 1902.

Upcoming Events

Kayak Keystone at Keystone State Park
July 13. Held 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. If you want to try out kayaking and learn some weekly conservation tips please join us for this beginners kayaking program! Registration is required: please call 724-668-2566 or email to register for this program.

For more DCNR events, go here.

July 10, 2013

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