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Gov. Corbett announces Pa. is receiving federal dollars for local parks, outdoor recreation
Governor Tom Corbett has announced that Pennsylvania will receive $1.37 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund for local park, outdoor recreation and conservation projects.

“These funds will be awarded through DCNR as part of our grant program that helps local communities plan, acquire and develop parks and trails and conserve natural areas,” Corbett said. “Providing opportunities for close-to-home recreation is important to communities, to attracting businesses and workforce retention, and to the health of our citizens.”

Since the creation of the fund in 1965, Pennsylvania has received almost $165 million in LWCF funds. Read more...

DCNR contests aim to foster interest in environment, outdoor activities
DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti has announced two contests to foster the goals of Kids in Nature, a department-wide effort to introduce more families to outdoors fun and adventures. Read more...

‘Prowl the Sproul’ State Forest Hiking Activities Set for July 18-20
DCNR's Bureau of Forestry invites hikers and other visitors to sample the rugged beauty of Sproul State Forest when a three-day “Prowl the Sproul” series of hikes steps off Friday, July 18. Read more...

TreeVitalize tree-planting grant deadline approaching, DCNR advises
DCNR officials remind municipalities and local officials the deadline is nearing to apply for grants to aid in tree planting in public rights-of ways and parks. Read more...

Also in the News

DCNR names new manager at Frances Slocum State Park
DCNR has named Brian Taylor manager of Frances Slocum State Park in Luzerne County. Taylor was named to head operations at the 1,035-acre Frances Slocum facility where a 165-acre lake, swimming pool, environmental education and other features draw more than 350,000 visitors a year. Named in honor of Frances Slocum, a Quaker girl taken captive and raised by American Indians, the state park provided temporary housing to hundreds of Wyoming Valley families routed by Tropical Storm Agnes flooding in 1972.

Taylor, 27, replaces Rex Bradish, who was named manager at Promised Land State Park, Pike County. The new Frances Slocum manager began his DCNR career in 2011, working first as a manager trainee in the Bureau of State Parks Region 2 Office in Butler County, and then as assistant manager at Promised Land State Park. Before joining DCNR he worked as an environmental interpreter at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, Huntingdon County, and as a white-water rafting guide on the French Broad River in Hot Springs, N.C.

For more information on Frances Slocum, visit here.

Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assist volunteers revamp Philadelphia playground
Volunteers came together to lend a dilapidated playground a neighborly hand. On June 17, BRC staffers Jeff Knowles and Drew Gilchrist joined over 80 people in planting shrubs and flower beds; installing new playground equipment; removing trash and litter from the entire site; redesigning a new bulletin board; and putting a fresh coat of paint on the basketball court, walls and benches at the Clayborn & Lewis Playground in west Philadelphia. The event was part of the Pennsylvania Municipal League’s Annual Conference and provided an opportunity to build camaraderie among the elected and appointed officials across the state while they “gave back” to the community.

It has become a tradition that the League kicks off each annual convention by improving and beautifying a playground in the host community, creating lasting outdoor recreation for children and families. This year’s project was funded in part by a DCNR grant of $75,000 Community Conservation Partnerships Program grant and was completed in partnership with DCNR, Philadelphia City, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Pa. Municipal League. Over the past five years the League and DCNR have also partnered to improve playgrounds in Bethlehem, State College, Erie and Pittsburgh. The next playground build is scheduled for June 23, 2015 in Allentown.

Agency Spotlight

Warriors Path State Park
This riverside park is near a famous Iroquois trail. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Lake View Hike at Tuscarora State Park
July 12. Held 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Crow and Lake View Trails on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10:30 am. The hike is 5.5 miles in length and moderate to difficult. The trails cross over two creeks and runs parallel to the lake. We will have a spectacular view from the dam. Meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off of Tuscarora Mountain Road. Please call Robin at (570) 467-2506 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for more information or weather conditions. This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Shine only.

For more DCNR events, go here.

July 9, 2014

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