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Enhance Penn’s Woods initiative results in 3,000-acre addition to Lackawanna State Forest
DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti recently announced that the department will add more than 3,000 acres to Lackawanna State Forest with the acquisition of the Mocanaqua tract in Conyngham, Newport and Slocum townships, Luzerne County.

This project is part of Enhance Penn’s Woods—a two-year, more than $200 million initiative launched by Governor Tom Corbett to repair and improve Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.

“This addition will protect criticial habitat for a unique variety of animal and plant species and establish a link to other conserved lands in the area,” DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti said. Read more...

DCNR releases first report on monitoring the impacts of shale gas development on state forest
DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti has announced the release of the department’s first Shale Gas Monitoring Report that outlines its efforts to track, detect and report on the impacts of gas development on Pennsylvania’s state forest lands. Read more...

DCNR warns anglers, others of high woodland fire danger
With Pennsylvania’s statewide trout season well under way, DCNR is urging anglers and other woodland visitors to take steps to prevent wildfires. Read more...

Lackawanna State Park swimming pool to be closed during 2014 season for construction of new facility
DCNR will be constructing a new pool facility at Lackawanna State Park in Lackawanna County. Read more...

Monster bull elk leave calling cards in Moshannon State Forest
DCNR Ranger Eric Tracy was just doing his job earlier this month in Moshannon State Forest when he came across a pair of elk antlers many would consider the find of a lifetime. Read more...

Trout anglers find it all in state’s parks, forestlands
Grandparents and grandkids, moms and pops, sons and daughters. Read more...

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Focus on history at Tyler State Park
Working in partnership with Thankful Sage Farm School, Tyler State Park in Bucks County will host a History Day at Tyler State Park from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Attendees are asked to register to receive updates and details on events that will include:

Candle dipping demonstrations; Colonial dairy work and bake kettle cooking; basket weaving and children’s craft (small fee); Colonial games and beeswax candle rolling (small fee) for children; formal classroom presentations; and introductions to Colonial kitchen garden herbs; their uses and how to integrate them into today’s gardens. Register here. Choose Tyler and press “go.” Click on the event to open it and click at the bottom to open the registration form.

South Mountain Speaker Series to focus on historic African-American burial grounds
Protecting historic African-American burial grounds in the region will be the topic of the next lecture in the South Mountain Speakers Series on Thursday, April 17, at Shippensburg University. "Hallowed Grounds, Endangered History: Preserving the Historic African-American Burial Grounds of the South Mountain Region,” will be held at 7 p.m. at the Old Main Chapel at 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg. It is free and open to the public.

Today, many of the historic burial grounds have vanished, or they are threatened by a combination of neglect, vandalism and development. Dr. Steven Burg, professor of history at Shippensburg University, will discuss the ways that the historic burial grounds of the South Mountain can be used to discover the region’s rich African-American history.

Following his presentation, a panel will discuss the threats posed to these sites and a variety of efforts that are currently underway to preserve them, and protect and share the stories of these hallowed grounds.

For more information about the speaker series, visit here or call the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at 717-258-5771. Some of the earlier lectures in the speaker series can be found on YouTube here.

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Patterson State Park
This park is small and remote—which is just fine. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Wild Flower Hike at Ohiopyle State Park
April 19. Held 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. We will meet at the Cucumber Falls Parking Area and embark on a walk along the Great Gorge Trail. Along the way we will discover the many beautiful wild flowers that grow on the gorges hillsides. Join us and see how many you can identify. This is an easy hike and will only be a mile and a half long. For more information, contact Ohiopyle State Park at (724) 329-0986.

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 16, 2014

Agency Spotlight

Patterson State Park

Patterson State Park

This park is small and remote—which is just fine. Read more...

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