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DCNR gauging past frigid winter’s effect on forest insect pests
The past winter of seemingly unending snowstorms and frigid temperatures has proved to be a strong ally for state woodland managers battling the No. 1 enemy of Pennsylvania hemlocks, but the reprieve could be short-lived, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials said recently.

“The hemlock woolly adelgid has been dealt a deadly blow, ongoing forest research is showing us, but enough of the invasive insects remain to present a future threat to our invaluable state tree—the Eastern hemlock,” said DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti. “Cold weather has been helpful, in some cases killing all of the invasive insects in selected study areas, but it hasn’t changed the long-term impact this insect will have on hemlock.”

Since mid-January, the Bureau of Forestry collected hemlock branch samples from more than 75 sites statewide. Read more...

Green Park Award presented to city of Easton
DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti recently presented the City of Easton with the fifth annual Green Park Award for its work at Sullivan Park. Read more...

PA Wilds planning team seeks nominations for ‘Champion' awards
The Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team wants to recognize individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that have done outstanding work in the last year to help grow and sustainably develop the outdoor recreation economy in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Read more...

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Pennsylvanians urged to complete online outdoor recreation survey
Five years after Pennsylvania’s Outdoor Recreation Plan was written, recreation interests and trends may be different. Is walking still Pennsylvanians favorite outdoor activity? Do people still want trails and on-road bike lanes? DCNR is working with experts across the state to develop the next Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (2014-18), which will help to guide future recreation investments, policies and facilities. A new plan is required every five years in order for Pennsylvania to qualify for federal Land and Water Conservation funding. Citizen feedback is an important component to building the goals of the plan. In addition to a scientifically conducted survey earlier this year by Penn State and a survey of recreation providers currently being developed, a general online survey is now open for Pennsylvanians wanting to share their opinions about outdoor recreation. The survey is completely confidential and will just take a few minutes here.

After feedback from all three surveys is analyzed, a draft plan will be written in late summer and will be available for review and comment on the plan’s website. Feedback sessions will allow citizens, providers and interested stakeholders to give their input before a final document is presented to the National Park Service later this year. Make sure your voice is heard by taking the survey. Learn more here.

Dinner, auction planned by North Branch Land Trust

North Branch Land Trust is holding its 15th Annual Dinner and Auctions on Wednesday, May 14, at the Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with music, cocktail hour and bidding on a variety of silent auction items. Dinner follows with a live auction.

The Forest Echo Bird Sanctuary, as well as donors who made its purchase and preservation possible, will be honored at the event with the 2014 Community Stewardship Award. For details on tickets, ad placement, auction donations and sponsorships, contact the North Branch Land Trust office at 570-696-5545, here; or email.

Millersville University hosting native plant landscaping conference

The 2014 Native Plants in the Landscape Conference will be held Thursday through Saturday, June 5-7, at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville. Speakers will include Eric Toensmeier, Marcus de la Fleur, Benjamin Vogt, Candy DeBerry, Sabrena Schweyer and many others.

Featured will be field trips; educational workshops; discussions focusing on topics of concern; native plant, book and other sales. Continuing education credits are available. For details and registration, visit here; call 717-871-2189; or email.

Agency Spotlight

Fowlers Hollow State Park
This park is tucked away in a quiet, leafy valley. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Stargazing at Fort Washington State Park
April 4. Held 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stargazing with volunteers from the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers near the observation deck in the Militia Hill section of the park. Please enter from Militia Hill Road and park in parking lot #5 near the deck.

Please register with Whitemarsh Township for this event here. This event will be canceled only if the moon will not be visible that night. Cancelation notification will be sent from Whitemarsh Township after 4:30 pm April 4th, 2014.

PA Wilds 2014 Partnership Summit and Awards Dinner
May 15. Held 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. Recognizing outstanding work at the local level to grow the Pennsylvania Wilds region’s outdoor recreation economy, the "Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds" awards will be held at the Red Fern, 421 Old Kersey Road, Kersey, Pa.

The program includes registration, networking and display tables, welcome and invocation, buffet dinner, DCNR & DCED remarks, "Celebrating our Champions," and the 2014 Champion of the PA Wilds awards presentation. Cost is $20 per person. For registration information, call (814) 545-1333 or visit here.

For more DCNR events, go here.

April 2, 2014

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