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DCNR designates Gordon Natural Area a Wild Plant Sanctuary
DCNR has announced the designation of a new Wild Plant Sanctuary in Chester County.

The Robert B. Gordon Natural Area for Environmental Studies, a property managed by West Chester University of Pennsylvania, has been accepted into the DCNR Wild Plant Sanctuary Program, recognizing commitment of the administration, faculty, and staff to preserve the site in perpetuity.

“The Wild Plant Sanctuary Program’s goals are twofold: promote conservation of natural areas and native plants while also recognizing landowners who serve as models of good conservation and stewardship of these special resources,” DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti said. Read more...


DCNR appoints new manager at Promised Land State Park
DCNR has named Rex Bradish manager of Promised Land State Park in Pike County. Read more...


Volunteer cited for work with bluebirds, other species
A flash of russet breast, ever-flitting from perch to ground on a body of cobalt blue. Read more...


Also in the News

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area remains open amid project
The snow geese and tundra swans likely won’t notice, but a construction project underway at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area—a destination for thousands of tourists each winter—might catch visitors by surprise.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is installing a new geothermal HVAC system at the Middle Creek Visitors Center, and the project has introduced many construction vehicles and much digging activity to the site. Appearances aside, there’s little impact on visitors.

The property, including the visitors center, remains open as usual during the project, and no public programs will be disrupted. But during this busy time of year at Middle Creek, when tourists flock to the site to view almost unimaginable numbers of snow geese, as well as other waterfowl, birds and wildlife, the construction is going to attract some attention.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of March. For more information on Middle Creek, visit here.


Agency Spotlight

Mount Pisgah State Park
This park's lake was named after a famous American composer. Read more...


Upcoming Events

Learn to Cross-country Ski at Parker Dam State Park
Feb. 22. Held 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. You can learn how to enjoy this healthy winter sport with the whole family. Come learn why the cross-country skis work the way that they do, how to get strapped onto the proper-sized equipment, and then head outside to practice turns, falling down, how to get back up, and various helpful techniques to get you started. We can provide equipment (limited-number and sizes) to both adults and children. Please dress appropriately for being active outdoors in the winter. Meet in the Environmental Education Classroom.

There is a $3 program fee for all participants of this program.. For more information, call (814) 765-0630.


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. 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 19, 2014



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