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Gov. Corbett unveils more than $200 million investment to improve state parks, forests
Governor Tom Corbett last weekend offered a preview of his 2014-15 budget proposal with an announcement that he is launching Enhance Penn’s Woods, a 2-year, more than $200 million effort to repair and upgrade our natural treasures.

The Governor is directing the pooling of resources and dedicating an additional $45 million dollars toward a comprehensive infrastructure development plan in state parks and forests through fiscal year 2014-15.

"There are so many ways to enjoy Pennsylvania’s great outdoors. With such a variety of unique activities—world class fishing, hunting, hiking and one of my favorites, kayaking—there’s something for everyone in the Keystone State,” Corbett said. Read more...

Governor Corbett presents responsible spending plan to General Assembly
Governor Tom Corbett this week presented his 2014-15 budget to the General Assembly, saying that thanks to three years of fiscal restraint, we are now able to make responsible spending increases. Read more...

Redbank Valley in Western Pa. is 2014 Trail of the Year
DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti has announced that Redbank Valley Trails in Armstrong, Clarion and Jefferson counties is the 2014 Trail of the Year in Pennsylvania. Read more...

Independent review hails management of Pennsylvania’s state forests
DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti today released results of an independent review team’s annual study of state forestlands, noting its findings continue to affirm Bureau of Forestry efforts to conserve these resources through sound management. Read more...

DCNR adds winter activity information to its interactive online map
If winter weather has you wanting to strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis, or try ice fishing for the first time, DCNR is unveiling a new online service that points you to the right place—at the right time. Read more...

DCNR invites students to apply for summer Environmental Careers Camp
Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for DCNR's summer residential camp, DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti said. Read more...

DCNR secretary celebrates grant for York Rail Trail
DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti recently visited York County to personally follow up on Gov. Corbett’s December announcement that state residents will benefit from new recreational opportunities, expanded protection of natural resources and locally-driven community projects as a result of more than $38 million in new grants to be distributed across the state. Read more...

Also in the News

Multi-agency collaboration produces Pennsylvania Outdoor Adventure Guide
Governor Corbett has announced a new publication, the Pennsylvania Outdoor Adventure Guide. Structured for outdoor enthusiasts, the 80-page guide highlights an array of recreation opportunities across the commonwealth, and conveniently categorizes these adventures and activities. Whether it’s launching a kayak in more than 86,000 miles of the state’s wild rivers and scenic streams or sliding down challenging runs at one of Pennsylvania’s 21 ski resorts, the guide outlines and inspires outdoor recreation of every form.

“Pennsylvania has 17 million acres of forest, attracting hikers, birdwatchers, hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide," Corbett said. "Our Outdoor Adventure Guide highlights the many unique tourism destinations that beckon visitors to Pennsylvania’s natural year-round playground.”

This first-of-its-kind guide represents the beginning of a unique collaboration among the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Agriculture, DCNR, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Copies of the guide will be available in the spring at state park and forest district offices, and by going to

Bids approved for major projects at two state parks
There’s good news ahead for visitors to Ridley Creek State Park, especially if they love horses or are riding enthusiasts. Construction will begin on a new indoor equestrian arena after a bid was awarded late last year.

A bid of $696,074 was awarded Dec. 19 to King Construction Co. LLC, New Holland, for the project that will complement existing riding opportunities while providing equestrian activities year-round.

Also, a bid of $78,510 also was approved Dec. 19, for rehabilitation of a water supply tank at Chapman State Park, Warren County. The bid was submitted by Worldwide Industries Corp., Butler.

Agency Spotlight

Ralph Stover State Park
This park's rock climbing cliffs offer vertical fun.

Upcoming Events

Stressbuster Hike at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
Feb. 9. Held 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Re-energize your New Year’s resolution to get out and be active through the winter. This 2.0 - 2.5 mile hike will cover uneven terrain at a moderate pace with several stops. Burn some calories and learn how to navigate the trail system using the park map. Waterproof footwear is advised.

Road conditions and snow cover will determine the hike’s starting point, so email here or call 717-486-3799 Monday through Fri, 8am-4pm the week before for directions. In case of inclement weather the day of the program, check the web page under “advisories” for further information here.

Grant workshops for recreation and conservation projects slated for February
These workshops will provide information to potential applicants on DCNR grants available for public recreation and conservation projects.  The next grant period opened January 15, 2014 and ends on April 16, 2014. Locations and dates are:

  • Feb. 19, Nanticoke (Educational Conference Center, Luzerne County Community College)
  • Feb. 20, Boalsburg (Pennsylvania Military Museum)
  • Feb. 25, Wexford (Pine Township Recreation Center)
  • Feb. 26, Clarion (Clarion Holiday Inn)
The workshops will provide in-depth information on projects eligible for DCNR’s grant funds, how to develop a competitive “ready-to-go” application, eligible applicants, and matching fund requirements.  Participants will also receive guidance and updates on the eGrants application process and have an opportunity to interact with Bureau staff. Community leaders, municipal officials, consultants, land trusts, board members, trail managers, and park and recreation professionals are encouraged to attend.  Preregistration is required.  Click on the individual workshop event that you would like to attend and then scroll down to the bottom of the page to register.  For additional information, email BRC's Linda Manning.

For more DCNR events, go here.

February 5, 2014

Agency Spotlight

Ralph Stover State Park

Ralph Stover State Park

This park's rock climbing cliffs offer vertical fun.

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