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Sproul State Forest ATV trail closes amid mine reclamation project
The start of a large-scale, abandoned mine reclamation project in Sproul State Forest has necessitated closing the entire Whiskey Springs ATV Trail on Sept. 8, DCNR officials announced.

Construction began Sept. 9 on the $12.2 million Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) project, covering 100 acres in Leidy and Noyes townships, Clinton County. The Huling Branch reclamation effort is designed to reduce acid mine drainage and eliminate public health and safety concerns related to dangerous highwalls.

“Originally, we had hoped to keep the western half of the Whiskey Springs ATV trail open during the project,” said Sproul State Forest District Forester Douglas D’Amore. Read more...

Acting Sec. Ferretti tours timber harvest and forest product facilities
Pennsylvania’s state forests are working forests, meaning DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry manages them for many uses including sustained yields of quality timber. Read more...

DCNR appoints new manager at Greenwood Furnace State Park complex
DCNR has named Michael Dinsmore manager of Greenwood Furnace State Park Complex in Huntingdon and Centre counties. Read more...

Kinzua Sky Walk recognized with ‘Best Project’ award
Representatives of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic recently presented DCNR with a framed copy of Engineering News-Record’s prestigious Mid-Atlantic’s Best Project award for the Kinzua Sky Walk project, a tourist attraction and civil engineering landmark located in McKean County. Read more...

Also in the News

PFBC to host public meeting on Big Spring Creek
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has scheduled a public workgroup meeting on Monday, Sept. 23. This meeting is anticipated to set the course for the future, long-term management of Cumberland County’s Big Spring Creek. The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Large Group Room at the Big Spring High School, located at 100 Mount Rock Road, Newville, PA 17241. Guests should enter the facility through the auditorium entrance.

The purpose of this facilitated workgroup meeting is to gather information from the public as it pertains to the future fisheries management and habitat management of Big Spring Creek. In order to make the best use of the limited time, guests are strongly encouraged to preregister for the meeting by calling (717) 705-7832 or emailing with the subject line: Big Spring Meeting.

Northcentral Pa. celebrates 100th anniversary of elk restoration efforts
While Labor Day traditionally marks the beginning of elk season in the PA Wilds region, 2013's season is of special note—the 100th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s program to reintroduce elk to Penn’s Woods.

Historically, elk inhabited much of Pennsylvania. But as more of the state was settled, the elk population declined. By the late 1800s, Pennsylvania’s elk were eliminated from their last stronghold in areas around Elk County. Between 1913 and 1926, the Pa. Game Commission released 177 elk into Pennsylvania’s wilds. And the elk that live here today are the progeny of those animals.

Several tours and special events are scheduled throughout the fall to celebrate the anniversary, for more information, visit the Pa. Game Commission’s web site here.

Agency Spotlight

Tuscarora State Forest
This rugged forest was the site of the first state purchase of forest land in 1902. Read more...

Upcoming Events

September Sojourn at Promised Land State Park
Sept. 21. Held 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Meet at Hemlock Hill area (formerly Camper storage) in Lower lake Campground; #34 beyond the gate by the water tower. Join Park Volunteer, Ann Foster for 3-4 mile moderate loop hike on Big Dam Ridge( #35 - #27) to Little Falls Trail (#106 – 109) and loop back through to the Lower Lake campground (Hemlock Hill area).Wear boots; Big Dam Ridge is a rocky trail (waterproof boots are preferred as there will be 2 stream crossings), bring water and a snack. Trekking poles are optional, and limited poles will be provided.

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 18, 2013

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