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Gov. Corbett nominates acting secretaries to lead DCNR and DEP
Governor Tom Corbett has nominated Ellen M. Ferretti as Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and E. Christopher Abruzzo as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Ferretti, of Dallas, Luzerne County, had been serving as deputy secretary for parks and forestry until she was named acting secretary of the DCNR in June.

Abruzzo, of Hershey, Dauphin County, was serving as Corbett’s deputy chief of staff until he was appointed acting secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in April. Read more...

Pennsylvania state parks and forests open during federal government shutdown
DCNR Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti has reminded Pennsylvanians that state parks and forests are open for business as usual, although national parks are closed because of the federal government shutdown. Read more...

Nominations being accepted for 2014 'Trail of the Year'
Pennsylvanians are being asked to nominate their favorite trail for the 2014 Trail of the Year, DCNR Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced recently. Read more...

DCNR participates at Grey Towers 50th anniversary
Standing on the same spot as President John F. Kennedy 50 years prior, DCNR Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti was among the keynote speakers Sept. 20 at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Pinchot Institute at Grey Towers National Historic Site, the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, two-term Pennsylvania governor and the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Read more...

Gov. Corbett announces investment in DCNR’s Marsh Creek Dam
Governor Tom Corbett Sept. 17 announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved nearly $2.6 million through the H2O PA program to fund the construction and repair of flood control projects including the replacement of the dam at Marsh Creek State Park in Chester County. Read more...

Dam breached at Trough Creek State Park
Benefiting aquatic life and delighting kayakers and canoeists, the Great Trough Creek now flows freely through Trough Creek State Park into Raystown Lake, Huntingdon County. Read more...

Additional state forest roads opening for hunting seasons
Hunters heading into Pennsylvania’s state-owned woodlands this season will find additional roads open in 18 of the 20 state forest districts, the DCNR has announced. Read more...

Volunteers, groups participate in National Public Lands Day
Volunteers took the opportunity to improve state parks by taking part in National Public Lands Day events across Pennsylvania on Saturday, Sept. 28. Read more...

Bids granted for Worlds End State Park road repairs, other park, state forest projects
Hit hard by the one-two punch of two major storms and resultant flooding, Worlds End State Park has rebounded steadily the past two years, but a bid awarded recently will go a long way toward permanently mending the damage from a rampaging Loyalsock Creek. Read more...

DCED 'On the Road' in the PA Wilds
Several DCNR facilities in the Pennsylvania Wilds were included in a recent DCED “On the Road” in the region. Read more...

Also in the News

Fall fireworks show underway in Pa.
The fall foliage fireworks show is getting underway in Pennsylvania, and experts in DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry think we have the potential for a spectacular fall season.

With abundant rainfall, this has been a great growing season throughout Penn’s Woods. The forecast also predicts an extended season of sunny days and cool crisp nights. These conditions speed the breakdown of green pigments in the leaves and allow the yellow, orange and red colors to show.

Our northern-most woodlands are near their peak color this week.

Fall color varies depending on the region of the state. Weekly reports from DCNR’s team of Bureau of Forestry fall foliage experts are now available here on the DCNR website.

And just in time for the fall colors, DCNR has unveiled a virtual “Story Map” tour of interesting spots throughout the state. Story maps combine photos with information about each locale, and are grouped so as to take the visitor through a variety of themes—which include a fall foliage tour, 20 must-see parks, 30 outstanding geologic features and a tour of Pennsylvania’s old growth forests. To take a look, visit the DCNR Story Map site.

Volunteers needed for TreeVitalize tree planting in Lehigh Valley
Volunteers are needed to help with the planting of 600 along the Jordan Creek in the Trexler Nature Preserve on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The trees are being donated and planted as a result of WDIY 88.1 FM, the Lehigh Valley community NPR station’s spring membership drive.

The joint-effort is a project of TreeVitalize, a public-private partnership coordinated by DCNR, which is committed to helping to restore tree cover, educate citizens about planting trees as an act of caring for the environment, and building capacity among local governments to understand, protect and restore their urban trees.

Additional supporters were Lehigh County Parks and Just Born, Inc.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with DCNR and Lehigh County Parks on this project. And it’s equally thrilling to include Just Born in the event. It’s a perfect example of how our organizations are able to work together for the overall betterment of the Lehigh Valley.” said Rebecca Walz, WDIY development director.

The Trexler Nature Preserve offers Lehigh Valley residents the opportunity to explore and experience nature, with eighteen miles of trails for wildlife observation, bird watching, hiking, walking, horse-back riding, mountain-biking, fishing and picnicking.

To sign up to plant trees call WDIY at 610-694-8100. For more information about TreeVitalize go here.

Deer season scheduled at Presque Isle State Park
Archery deer season is scheduled to begin Oct. 5 at Presque Isle State Park and will be held through Nov. 16, and then again from Dec. 26 through Jan. 11.

Archers must possess a valid Pennsylvania hunting license and an archery license. Hunting hours will be set according to established Game Commission hours, published in the digest that license holders receive. Portable tree stands will be permitted, but must comply with Game Commission rules pertaining to their use on public lands.

Hunting will be allowed during the regular and extended archery season for deer, as established by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, to help maintain the park's deer population. The park will remain open to the public during the hunt. Hunting will not be permitted in safety zones and certain designated areas within the park.

For hunt information and a map showing these areas, visit the park office, located on the second floor of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or at Presque Isle State Park's ranger station near Beach 6 when open to the public. Hunters must sign in at the Presque Isle State Park Ranger Station upon arriving at the park and must check out when ending their hunt each day they participate. Data from the checkpoint procedure will help in future deer-herd management.

National, state outdoor writers groups honor DCNR employee
A newspaper column focusing on the value of fishing in helping businesses rebound from hardship in the wake of Hurricane Sandy earned national writing honors for DCNR Deputy Press Secretary Terry Brady.

Brady placed second in annual Excellence in Crafts competition sponsored by the Outdoor Writers Association of America Inc. (OWAA). Entitled “After Sandy, Reach Out to Help Those in Need,’’ Brady’s column was honored Sept. 16 at the OWAA’s 86th annual conference in Lake Placid, N.Y. It was judged in the “Fishing -- Newspaper” category after appearing Nov. 23, 2012, in Pennsylvania Outdoor News.

Another newspaper column focusing on the rebirth of a fishing rod once used by his late father earned Brady a first-place, Excellence in Crafts awards in competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers (POWA). That piece, entitled “Ode to an Old Pole and the Man Who Heaved It,” appeared June 22, 2012, in Pennsylvania Outdoor News.

Focusing on the trials and rewards of refinishing a 60-year-old surf rod once used by his dad, Brady’s column was honored with the Best Regional Newspaper or Magazine Column Award in POWA ceremonies in early May in Franklin, Venango County.

Agency Spotlight

Michaux State Forest
This southern forest is known for its rocks and trees. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Morning Birding Walk at Delaware Canal State Park
Oct. 5. Held 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Take a walk with Ed Norman, an experienced birder and photographer at Giving Pond. Beginners welcome and bonoculars will be available on site. Registration is requested but not required. Click here.

Jennings Ed Center to celebrate remake of mine drainage treatment system
Oct. 7. Held 11:30 a.m. The Jennings Environmental Education Center, Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition, and Stream Restoration Inc. will celebrate the rehabilitation of the Jennings abandoned mine drainage passive treatment system on Oct. 7. The celebration will begin in the Jennings classroom at 11:30 a.m.

Jennings, in Butler County, has long been an important demonstration, education, and research facility for mine reclamation practices and the passive treatment of abandoned mine drainage. Field applications of various technologies have been installed at Jennings by numerous agencies and organizations.

After 15 years of successful operation, the Jennings vertical flow pond, a form of passive treatment, has been completely rehabilitated.

Light refreshments will be provided.  Attendees will have the option to walk or ride a shuttle to the nearby project location.  Register to attend by visiting here.

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.

October 2, 2013

Agency Spotlight

Michaux State Forest

Michaux State Forest

This southern forest is known for its rocks and trees. Read more...

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