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Shooting range at Little Pine State Park in Lycoming County reopens following cleanup, improvements
DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced the opening of the shooting range at Little Pine State Park in Lycoming County on Oct. 10.

The shooting range closed in June 2012 for a major rehabilitation project.

"This project aligns with a nationwide effort to address the impacts of lead bullets and their accumulation in concentrated areas at shooting ranges,” Ferretti said. Read more...

Hunting seasons restored in parts of Pike County
Three Monroe County townships remain closed to hunting and trapping due to ongoing manhunt. Read more...

Bureau of Forestry event salutes forest fire warden for long service
State legislative proclamations, best wishes from friends and colleagues, and personal thanks and best wishes from DCNR’s secretary capped off a day in Lackawanna State Forest honoring a Pittston, Luzerne County, man who has served more than 50 years as a Pa. Forest Fire Warden. Read more...

Enhance Penn’s Woods brings comfort and convenience to state park overnight facilities
Options for an overnight adventure at one of Pennsylvania’s State Parks are expanding once again. Read more...

Also in the News

Point State Park named as ‘Excellent Community Place’
Several weeks after an award from the American Planning Association, Point State Park continues to receive recognition for recent renovations and its importance to the Pittsburgh community.

The park was honored Oct. 2 by the Urban Land Institute Pittsburgh as “Best Community Place” at a reception in Pittsburgh.

From the award nomination: "[Point State Park] is Pittsburgh’s “front lawn,” an icon of the city and a destination shaped by nature and human development. Its elegantly restored fountain has become a magnet for people; on a typical sunny day hundreds of visitors are drawn to this place of remarkable natural beauty and reflection. At nighttime the lights of the fountain plaza beckon to boaters and add a sparkling outline to the topography of the Pittsburgh peninsula."

Point State Park welcomes about three million visitors annually.

A National Historic Landmark, the park commemorates the strategic and historic heritage of the area during the French and Indian War. It’s situated where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River, an area highly contested between British and French armies in the 1700s.

A more than six-year, multi-million dollar renovation of the park was completed in June 2013. For more information about Point State Park, visit here.

Use your outdoor voice
Pennsylvania’s Outdoor Recreation Plan (2014-18) is nearly complete, but it needs your voice. If you think outdoor recreation plays a vital role in the health and well-being of our citizens and communities, then please provide us your feedback on the plan’s draft recommendations and action steps by taking an online survey. Are we addressing what is important to you? The plan helps determine recreation funding and planning priorities for the next five years.

The survey asks what you think is most important in five identified priorities: health and wellness; local parks and recreation; tourism and economic development; resource management and stewardship; and funding.

You may take the survey until Oct. 31 here.  Background papers on the priorities as well as research materials are found on the plan’s website.

New ‘story map’ highlights national natural landmarks on DCNR website
A new story map—a virtual tour through Pennsylvania’s outdoor points of interest based on a theme—is now available on the DCNR website. The National Natural Landmarks story map highlights 12 nationally significant natural areas. Seven are in state parks, while five are in state forest districts. To be nationally significant, an area has to be one of the best examples of a type of biological community or geological feature in a physiographic province.

The story map includes some of the more famous spots in Pennsylvania: the boulder field at Hickory Run State Park, the Glens Natural Area at Ricketts Glen State Park, and the Pine Creek Gorge that is dubbed Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon. The story map also includes some lesser-known natural areas: the Slippery Rock Gorge in McConnells Mill State Park and the Hemlocks Natural area in Tuscarora State Forest.

This and more story maps—like a fall foliage virtual tour—are available here.

Registration under way for 2014 Botany Symposium
Billed as an “unique opportunity for anyone interested in, and working with, the botany of Pennsylvania and the region,” the 2014 Botany Symposium has announced registration is under way for the annual, two-day gathering planned for Nov. 7-8 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, Centre County.

A full day of speakers will address taxonomy, conservation, ecology, biology, history and other botanical topics Saturday, Nov. 8. Complementing the symposium on Friday, Nov. 7, are three half-day workshops on plant identification. Socializing, networking and reuniting are planned Friday evening.

Full details on registration, lodging information, directions and other information can be found here.

Agency Spotlight

Salt Springs State Park
This park's springs used to be kept a secret from early settlers. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Canal Walk with the Friends at Delaware Canal State Park
October 18. Held 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. A guided walking tour of much of the 58.9 miles of the Delaware Canal from Easton to Bristol conducted over 5 successive Saturdays. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Delaware Canal. For more information see

For more DCNR events, go here.

October 15, 2014

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