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DCNR offers public online survey on state forest management
DCNR Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti is inviting the public to take an online survey to inform the Bureau of Forestry as it prepares an update to the State Forest Resource Management Plan.

The plan, revised about every five years, charts the course for managing the 2.2-million acre state forest system for a variety of values and resources.

“Management of our state forest system is an ever-changing undertaking, as there are constantly new challenges and best practices,” Ferretti said. Read more...

Mine reclamation to get underway on state forest in Clinton County
The Department of Environmental Protection announced it has awarded a $12,181,873 contract for the Huling Branch abandoned mine reclamation project on Sproul State Forest property in Leidy and Noyes townships, Clinton County. Read more...

North Branch land trust protects 385 acres along Bald Mountain
If you look toward the southeast while driving south on the cross-valley expressway in Wilkes-Barre you cannot miss the wind turbines atop Bald Mountain in Bear Creek Township. Read more...

Pennsylvanians continue answering wildfire calls
With national attention focused on major wildfires in California and Idaho, Harrisburg-area media recently continued strong coverage of Pennsylvania firefighting crews deployed to—and returning from—out-of-state blazes. Read more...

New exhibits in place at the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park
New exhibits designed to enhance the park visitor’s wildlife watching opportunities in the Pennsylvania Wilds region are now in place at the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park. Read more...

DCNR appoints new manager at Susquehannock State Park complex
DCNR has named Brent M. Erb manager of the Susquehannock State Park Complex, based in Lancaster County. Read more...

Next South Mountain Speaker Series to focus on bees and pollinators
Bees, wasps and other pollinators will be the topic of the next lecture in the South Mountain Speakers Series on Thursday, Sept. 12, at Wilson College in Franklin County. Read more...

Habitat improvement project on the Conococheague Creek benefits brook trout in Michaux State Forest
When the 53-acre Birch Run Reservoir in the Michaux State Forest was breeched in 2005, it left behind a stream bed of the Conococheague Creek that had been submerged for years. Read more...

Also in the News

Bids granted for park rifle range, Elk State Forest bridge work
A series of bids was awarded by DCNR, one paving the way for construction of a new target shooting range at Little Pine State Park, Lycoming County.

The new range will provide rifle and handgun shooting enthusiasts with five benches, under cover of a pavilion. Restroom facilities also will be part of the improvements, which follow large-scale lead remediation efforts at the park. A bid for the work, totaling $298,965, was awarded June 20 to Lycoming Supply Inc., Williamsport.

In Elk State Forest District, a $231,645 bid was awarded July 9 for replacement of the Naval Hollow Road Bridge over Naval Hollow Creek in Jones Township, Elk County. Work will be performed by LTT Trucking LLC, North Bend.

In Lehigh Gorge State Park, Carbon County, a bid of $116,000 was awarded June 20 for pier foundation work on the Glen Onoko Bridge, Jim Thorpe. Clearwater Construction Inc., Mercer, submitted the bid.

Finally, at the Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, Cumru Township, Berks County, a bid of $96,556 was awarded July 9 to Lechmanik Inc., West Chester, for installation of a new water line serving park residence and Sawmill Restroom.

Agency Spotlight

Elk State Forest
It's once again easy to see how this forest got its name. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Star Mill Trail Hike at Black Moshannon State Park
Sept. 7. Held 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Take a 2 mile hike on the Star Mill Trail. This is a mostly flat trail. See some of the signs of the lumber mills that were located in this area in the 1800's and early 1900's. Meet at Boat Launch #4 on Beaver Road.

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.

September 4, 2013

Agency Spotlight

Elk State Forest

Elk State Forest

It's once again easy to see how this forest got its name. Read more...

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