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State, civic leaders dedicate Benjamin Rush State Park improvements
Color it red, white and blue. Coming just before Flag Day, the formal dedication of major improvements at Benjamin Rush State Park in Northeast Philadelphia was rich with patriotism.

From the emotional opening entrance of the Delaware Valley Veteran’s Home Honor Guard and its Presentation of Colors, to the spirited closing rendition of “God Bless America” by the Krystal Bells, a community based bell-ringing group, the ceremony along a traffic-clogged Route 1 on June 12 brought new meaning to the term “dedication.”

And that’s exactly what Park Manager Eric Ihlein intended when he sat down with a veteran’s home official and planned how to best represent those who served—and now are served by the adjoining park—as well as the diverse groups of community and user groups who call the only state park in Philadelphia their hometown park. Read more...

Statewide survey keeping tabs on Pa. reptiles, amphibians
Maybe you regularly cross paths with a wood turtle or two while heading back to that favorite brook trout stream tucked away in the hardwoods. Read more...

Pennsylvania’s unique wildfire camp marks 31st year of training volunteers
What happened on the last weekend of May in a tucked-away camp in Union County could very well affect what happens in our state woodlands in the months to come. Read more...

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DCNR names new manager at Yellow Creek State Park
DCNR has named James H. Tweardy manager of Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County. Tweardy was named to head operations at the 2,981-acre Yellow Creek facility near Penn Run, where the 720-acre Yellow Creek Lake serves as a focal point for more than 235,000 visitors a year. Located along one of the first “highways” in the state, the Kittanning Path, the park is a popular destination for anglers, boaters, birders and picnickers.

A native of Sharon, Mercer County, Tweardy will be working at his 13th state park since beginning his career with DCNR in 2001. Tweardy replaces Kenneth Bisbee, who served more than 20 years at Yellow Creek before being assigned as manager at Ohiopyle State park in Fayette County.

The new Yellow Creek manager began his DCNR career working as a clerk at Ohiopyle State Park. He then worked two seasons as a DCNR Ranger at Ryerson Station State Park, Greene County, and three seasons at the Reeds Gap State Park Complex, based in Mifflin County. Accepting a position with the Bureau of Forestry, Tweardy worked five years as a DCNR Ranger in the Forbes State Forest District, based in Laughlintown, Westmoreland County.

He returned to the Bureau of State Parks, taking a DCNR Ranger supervisor position at the Lackawanna State Park Complex, based in Lackawanna County. He later served as a park manager trainee, working out of the Region Four Office in Bucks County, and worked as interim manager at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center near Reading, Berks County. Most recently Tweardy worked as assistant manager at the French Creek State Park Complex, based in Berks County.

Agency Spotlight

Prouty Place
This small park is a great "place" to access Susquehannock State Forest. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Family Fishing Festival at Lackawanna State Park
June 28. Held 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Looking for a great way to connect with your family? Discover just how much fun fishing can be when you do it together at a PA Fish and Boat Commission Family Fishing Festival. Learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting, baiting the hook, and taking a fish off the hook. You and your family will have the opportunity to fish – no fishing license required. All equipment provided. The “catch?” Adults must bring a child and children must bring an adult. You’ll be learning and fishing together. To register for this program you must go to the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission.

For more DCNR events, go here.

June 25, 2014

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