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Gov. Corbett visits Bald Eagle State Park as part of kayak tour
The rain threatened for three days, but finally delivered when Governor and Mrs. Corbett stepped outside The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park to participate in their first geo caching challenge, a fitting end to a tour throughout the region—mainly by kayak—to experience some of Pennsylvania’s finest tourism assets.

But the rain didn’t damper the enthusiasm of Environmental Education Specialist Matt Truesdale, who guided the Corbetts and nine local youth through a gentle drizzle around the grounds of the inn to find two hidden caches, the final of which revealed the state fossil.

The Governor stopped by the Nature Inn August 9 at the conclusion of a three-day tourism promotion trip of central Pennsylvania in Centre and Clinton counties to highlight Pennsylvania as a top destination for in-state and out-of-state travelers. Read more...

Bureau of Forestry announces funding for rural firefighters
More than $505,000 in grants were recently awarded to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, DCNR has announced. Read more...

New grant funds wheelchair accessible boat dock at Point State Park
Launching a canoe or kayak at Point State Park in Pittsburgh will be a whole lot easier and safer for Pennsylvanians with disabilities thanks to a generous grant from the Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation to install an accessible dock there. Read more...

DCNR appoints new manager at Shikellamy State Park complex
DCNR has named John Clifford manager of the Shikellamy State Park Complex in Union, Northumberland and Lycoming counties. Read more...

Also in the News

Bids approved for bridge repairs, other state park and forest projects
Bids have been approved by DCNR for replacement of bridges in the Tuscarora and Loyalsock state forest districts and another was approved for office repairs in the Buchanan State Forest District.

The Tuscarora bid of $214,135 was awarded in late April to Wen-Brooke Contracting Inc., Three Springs, for replacement for the Gunter Valley Road bridge over Trout Run in Lurgan Township, Franklin County. In the Loyalsock State Forest District, the Little Bear Access Road bridge over Little Bear Creek, Plunketts Creek Township, Lycoming County, will be replaced after a $296,283 bid was awarded in early May to Lycoming Supply Inc., Williamsport.

A bid of $18,376 was awarded in late May to DBA Southern Contractors, Three Springs, for repairs to the Buchanan State Forest District office building, Ayr Township, Fulton County.

At Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County, repaving and culvert work is slated to begin on Fishing Pier Road, Haycock Township, after a bid of $299,772 was awarded in late May to Polaris Construction Co. Inc., Warminister.

Finally, a bid of $103,546 was awarded in late May to Hoffman Construction Services, Portersville, for repair work at the sewage treatment facility servicing the guided-boaters change house at Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County.

Agency Spotlight

Weiser State Forest
Most of this forest was named "Wyoming" up until 2005. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Youth Beginning Archery at Raccoon Creek State Park
Aug. 24 (Aug. 22 registration). Held 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Calling all kids ages 9-15, learn how to correctly and safely shoot bows and arrows. Certified NADA instructors will teach the basic skills, and proper shooting techniques needed to safely enjoy the sport of archery. Pre-registration required at (724) 899-3611 by August 22. Cost $5 payable at the program.

Rain Garden Design and Management: A Workshop for Landscape Professionals
Sept. 7 (Aug. 28 registration). Held 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Calling all landscape contractors, landscape architects and other interested landscape professionals. Please join us at the Etna Borough Municipal Building outside of Pittsburgh for a technical workshop on the design, installation and maintenance of rain gardens.  The morning will include a variety of classroom presentations, followed by an actual rain garden installation in the afternoon.  Continuing education credits through PLNA and ASLA are included.  The price of the workshop, which includes a light breakfast, lunch and binder of handouts, is just $50, thanks to a grant from the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund.  To register by August 28, go here and download the registration form.

Green Design $aves Green: A Workshop for Corporate Campus and Industrial Park Managers
Oct. 30. Held 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Designing and maintaining a corporate campus or industrial site can be an expensive undertaking.  Mowing, fertilizing and keeping turfgrass free from insect pests and weeds can cost tens of thousands of dollars each year, and dealing with storm water management on-site can be a real headache.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  There are sustainable landscape design and maintenance practices that can reduce costs, support a healthier, more productive workforce and protect water quality.

Within the Lehigh Valley there are some businesses already benefiting from this new landscape management idea, and they are willing to share their successes and lessons learned with you.  Please join us at the headquarters of Lutron, located at 7200 Suter Road in Coopersburg, from for the Green Design $aves Green workshop.  You will hear firsthand from several local companies that are managing stormwater using vegetated swales and rain gardens, improving air quality and lowering energy bills with an enhanced tree canopy, lowering mowing costs by planting meadows, and saving money in the process.  Then you’ll get to tour the facility and grounds at Lutron to see what they are doing along these lines.  Plus you’ll have the chance to network with other site managers, landscape professionals and other businesses to share your thoughts and best management practices.

The cost of the workshop is $50, which includes lunch and handouts.  Continuing education credits through the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association and American Society of Landscape Architects (PA and DE chapter) are being pursued.  Registration materials will be available in September here.

For more DCNR events, go here.

August 21, 2013

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