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DCNR welcomes Dunn as Acting Secretary
Gov. Tom Wolf’s appointee as Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary, Cindy Adams Dunn, began her first day on the job by greeting employees as they arrived to work on Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, in Harrisburg. She was joined in the lobby of the Rachel Carson State Office Building by John Quigley, the appointee for the Department of Environmental Protection.

In appointing Dunn to the post, Wolf said, "While previously at Conservation and Natural Resources, Cindy Dunn led a conservation landscape program that provided tens of millions of dollars annually for conservation and recreation throughout the commonwealth.

"Cindy has the experience to develop new programs and new policies that increase access to these invaluable assets and enhance our State Parks and State Forest facilities," Wolf said. Read more...

Gov. Wolf signs Executive Order reinstating moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development in state parks and forests
Governor Tom Wolf has signed an executive order reinstating a moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development in state parks and forestsperiod. Read more...

Conewango Creek named Pennsylvania’s 2015 River of the Year
Rich in aquatic life and home to at least two rare fish species, the Conewango Creek in northwestern Pennsylvania has been voted the 2015 Pennsylvania River of the Year following a five-week public voting period. Read more...

Improvements to make state park online reservation more consumer-friendly
DCNR Acting Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced that the department is upgrading its online system for Pennsylvania state park campsite, cabin and pavilion reservations. Read more...

DCNR to resume spraying woodlands to combat gypsy moth damage
State woodland managers again are bracing for what could be a pitched suppression effort to combat remnants of a statewide gypsy moth population posed for spring outbreaks across the state, DCNR officials said early this month. Read more...

Some new twists to an established—and highly valued—grants program
New building blocks have been inserted in the DCNR blueprint that leads many a borough, township or watershed group from dreaming about yesterday’s plans to implementing tomorrow’s improvements. Read more...

Seeking nominations for 'Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds' awards
Have you been inspired by a person, place, project or event that highlights or celebrates the Pennsylvania Wilds? Read more...

Also in the News

Hawk Mountain to host orienteering workshop on Feb. 7
Those who enjoy hiking but worry about getting lost can visit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, Berks County, for a Map and Compass Orienteering Workshop beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 7 at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Visitor Center. This is a beginner's workshop appropriate for individuals ages 14 and over, and costs $6 for adults, $5 seniors and is free for Hawk Mountain Members.

While a useful skill for safe hiking, orienteering is also a competitive, international sport as well as a relaxing hobby. All orienteers use a detailed map and compass to find points across the landscape, but some opt to race to their finish while others choose to enjoy a walk in the woods.

To register, call Hawk Mountain at 610-756-6961 during business hours. Cost includes trail fee for the rest of the day. The Sanctuary is open daily, year-round with a Visitor Center and annual schedule of programs and workshops. For more information, visit

Agency Spotlight

Prompton State Park
This park is used to access a Northeastern Pa. lake. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Ice-O-Rama at Lyman Run State Park
Jan. 31. Held 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Winter fun that includes family ice fishing clinics (no license needed), snowshoe lessons, cross country skiing clinics, downhill sledding, hot beverages and soups and the legend of the Giant Ice Shark of Lyman......Bring your sled out and have some fun! Sponsored by Friends of Lyman Run and Lyman Run State Park. For more information, call (814) 435-5010.

For more DCNR events, go here.

January 28, 2015

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