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Gov. Corbett promotes tourism with visit to Elk Country Visitor Center in Pennsylvania Wilds
Governor Tom Corbett visited the Elk Country Visitor Center in Elk County last week to highlight the Pennsylvania Wilds as a top destination for travelers and mark 100 years since elk were reintroduced into the region.

“Unique tourist destinations like the Elk Country Visitor Center support Pennsylvania’s tourism industry and help create and sustain local jobs,” Corbett said. “Attendance at the center has grown to 200,000 tourists annually, each spending money and supporting local small businesses.”

The Elk Country Visitor Center is nestled on 245-acres owned by the DCNR in Benezette. The non-profit Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA), a Pennsylvania-based wildlife conservation organization, operates the center using money raised from the private sector. Read more...

DCNR convenes first meeting of Natural Gas Advisory Committee
DCNR has convened the first meeting of the Natural Gas Advisory Committee in State College to fulfill a recommendation in the Governor’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Report. Read more...

Weiser State Forest opens new office and welcomes new district forester
DCNR's Forest District 18 office is now open at the new Weiser Resource Management Center in Aristes, Columbia County. Read more...

Final 2013 South Mountain speaker lecture to focus on conservation law
Conservation law and the history of wildlife protection in the region will be the focus of the next South Mountain Speakers Series lecture on Oct. 24 at Shippensburg University. Read more...

Hunters in deer-study areas asked to register, share input
The Pa. Game Commission, in partnership with DCNR, Pennsylvania State University, and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, recently launched a new study into the impacts deer have on forest regeneration, and the current methods used to evaluate those impacts. Read more...

Michaux District Forester named ‘Chesapeake Forest Champion’
Ongoing efforts to actively involve the public in management of the Michaux State Forest District and dedication to woodlands within the six-state Chesapeake Bay watershed has earned Roy D. Brubaker a Chesapeake Forest Champion award in competition sponsored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and US Forest Service. Read more...

Also in the News

Visitors invited to drive through Weiser State Forest tract
Passenger vehicles will be permitted to travel about eight miles through the roaring Creek Tract of Weiser State Forest, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Traffic will be restricted to Roaring Creek Trail in a one-way direction along the eight-mile route, beginning at the Route 42 parking area gate in Aristes, Columbia County, and ending at Elysburg, Northumberland County. All vehicles must leave the forest by 3 p.m.

Vehicles towing trailers/campers, buses, motor homes and other large vehicles will not be permitted to enter. Bureau personnel will be along the trail and at points of interest to assist the public and answer questions. For more information, contact the Weiser State Forest District Office at: (570) 875-6450.

Agency Spotlight

Buchanan State Forest
This forest has two famous highways crossing through it. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Bat Mine Hike at Canoe Creek State Park
Oct. 19. Held 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Stretch your legs for a cool walk to the old deep mine where six species of bats hibernate in winter. Learn about bats and the hibernation site, and find out about the serious disease threatening the bats in our area. Walk leaves from Wentz Education Center. Call (814) 695-6807 for more information.

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 are available here.

For more DCNR events, go here.

October 16, 2013

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