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Statewide workshops planned to target invasive Emerald Ash Borer
Methods to combat an invasive insect pest proving deadly to Pennsylvania’s ash trees will be showcased in the coming months in a series of free, public workshops planned across the state, DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced recently.

“Municipal officials, landscapers and home and woodland owners all are asking what they can do as this destructive insect spreads steadily across our woodlands,” Ferretti said. “We hope to offer solid answers and useful direction by tapping the expertise of our forestry and state parks bureaus, as well as a long list of other knowledgeable speakers.”

Beginning in mid-March and ending in mid-June, workshops will be held in Chester, Huntingdon, Allegheny and Tioga counties as part of DCNR’s ongoing Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan for Pa. Communities. Read more...

DCNR cancels white-water release into Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek
A white-water release planned later this month from Lake Nockamixon into the Tohickon Creek has been canceled because of bridge work at the Bucks County waterway, DCNR Bureau of State Parks Director Dave Kemmerer announced this week. Read more...

DCNR names manager at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
DCNR has named Lisa Miller manager of Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, an increasingly popular Bureau of States Parks’ facility on 665 acres outside Reading, Berks County. Read more...

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Trails Advisory Committee releases 2013 accomplishments
DCNR recently announced the release of the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee’s 2013 Annual Report.

The committee’s responsibilities are to advise DCNR on the use of trail funding in Pennsylvania; review and rank trail project applications; and present an annual report to the secretary on trail activities. This year 71 trail grant projects were completed, adding 83 new trail miles, advancing trails in 36 counties. More than 5,500 hours were contributed by trail volunteers.

The full report is available here. The Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee includes different types of trail users, builders and advocates, and people with disabilities. For more information about trails in Pennsylvania go to

Agency Spotlight

Laurel Summit State Park
This park is a great access point for outdoor enthusasts on the Laurel Ridge. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Hike to the Eagles at Delaware Canal State Park
March 9. Held 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Join us on a hike from Durham lock to the towpath adjacent to the Eagle's nest on Lynn island. The rules say we can't go to the island to see the eagles but we can try to view them from the towpath. Our environmental educator will be along to provide information on eagles as well as the history of the park. pictures are possible but it depends on leaf presence. Good shoes recommended and registration requested.

Green Design $aves Green workshop
March 26 . Held at 8:30 a.m. at at the Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa. You can work with nature to save money every year and help your community manage stormwater! Learn from people who have successfully improved the environmental sustainability of their large property while reducing mowing, energy, and water costs with green management practices. Techniques explored will include naturalized basins, meadow conversions, rain gardens, and more.

Go here to register (by March 24) for the free workshop. For more information, contact Jessica Srajcar.

For more DCNR events, go here.

March 5, 2014

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