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Ginseng harvesters reminded of shortened season in Pa. woodlands
DCNR's Bureau of Forestry is advising Pennsylvanians involved in the harvest of American ginseng root that the season has been shortened and now will begin Sept. 1.

Designed to protect the species, the regulation change became effective July 20 and moves the season opening date back from Aug. 1. Sought for medicinal and other properties, ginseng may be harvested across Pennsylvania through Nov. 30.

There is general agreement within both the scientific community and the ginseng industry that an Aug. 1 start date was too early to ensure only mature ginseng is harvested and local plant populations survive. Read more...

DCNR appoints three new state park managers
DCNR has named three new managers at Ricketts Glen State Park, and the Moraine and Cook Forest state park complexes. Read more...

Annual archery deer hunt planned at Neshaminy State Park
An annual deer hunt again will enable archers to hunt in Neshaminy State Park, Bucks County, when Pennsylvania’s statewide archery deer season opens Saturday, Oct. 5, DCNR officials have announced. Read more...

Also in the News

Sinnemahoning State Park to host open house
The public is invited to an open house event in the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park Saturday, August 10, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at 4843 Park Road, Austin, Pa.

The park is celebrating the completion of interpretive exhibits at the two-year-old visitor center and park office. Through the interactive exhibits, visitors can discover the diverse wildlife of the area, including butterflies flying through the air, bears hiding in a cave, and young eagles hatching in their nest. The displays and panels also allow the visitor to pick up photography tips, discover lost history, and plan Pennsylvania Wilds adventures.

Refreshments will be served and park staff will be on hand to answer questions. RSVP is requested, but not required. Call the Park Office for more information at (814) 647-8401.

iConservePA video on groundwater available
As part of a series on iConservePA’s website, a new video, “Groundwater,” was released this week.

The Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey’s Stuart Reese hosts the video, which deals with where groundwater comes from, how much of it is in Pennsylvania, and highlights some of its unique features.

The video is here. iConservePA has been focusing on water-related issues, with other videos in the recent water series showcasing the floating islands at Frances Slocum State Park, and a tutorial on how to get started fishing. More videos produced for iConservePA can be found at the YouTube iConservePA video channel here.

Gov. Corbett recognizes state agency for innovation
A summer camping program utilizing Hickory Run State Park, Carbon County, earned the Department of Public Welfare an Innovation of the Year award from Gov. Tom Corbett in a new program honoring state agencies for efforts to save money, increase productivity and improve service. The first Innovation of the Year awards were presented July 31 at the Innovation Expo in Harrisburg.

The Department of Public Welfare’s “Happy Campers” program received an Honorable Mention award. In 2012, the department partnered with DCNR to use its facilities at Hickory Run State Park for its annual summer camping trip for residents of the DPW White Haven Center. The new camping location provided significant cost savings to DPW, which were reinvested in providing a greater variety of activities to residents both during the camping trip and throughout the year.

Agency Spotlight

William Penn State Forest
This forest may be tiny, but the forest district fulfills a large role. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Dark Sky Hike at Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Aug. 9. Held 8:30 - 10:00 p.m. Join avid hiker, Rob Shaw for a look at the trails after dark. Hike will be about 1 ½ mile on the Koppenhaver Trail. Bring a flashlight. Meet at the Fuller Lake Bath House. Contact the park for more information.

For more DCNR events, go here.

August 7, 2013

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