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DCNR honors Lardner’s Point Park with Green Park Award
It was late November 2011 when DCNR officials and others plunged shovels into a ceremonial groundbreaking plot, marking the start of a riverfront improvement project in Philadelphia’ s historic Tacony section. Then the message was one of hope, promise and looking to the future.

Just about six month later, ribbon-cutting scissors replaced shovels, and the dedication messages took on a celebratory tone: “Incredible! Who would believe it’s been just a few months?” “Are we at the same place? It’s beautiful!”

Not a year earlier, broken glass, scattered auto parts, even remains of a makeshift tent encampment defaced the banks of the Delaware River flowing behind them. Read more...

DCNR warning anglers, others of high wildfire danger
With the opening of Pennsylvania’s traditional statewide trout season, and a rash of recent wildfires, DCNR is urging anglers, property owners and others to take steps to prevent forest and brush fires. Read more...

DCNR assists with tree plantings at Flight 93 Memorial
DCNR assisted with a large tree planting effort on April 17-18 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County. Read more...

Land acquisition adds to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
DCNR, along with many additional partners, has assisted with a significant purchase of land that will soon result in the expansion of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Read more...

Harrisburg Senators teaming up with DCNR for Harrisburg-area trees
DCNR and the Harrisburg Senators are teaming up to show the value of planting trees in special Arbor Day activities planned Friday, April 24, at the team’s Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg. Read more...

DCNR announces local changes to horseback riding in Elk State Forest
In an effort to further safeguard natural resources and enhance the experience of all trail-users, DCNR has announced local changes affecting horseback riding will be forthcoming along the Thunder Mountain Equestrian Trail in Elk State Forest, Elk County. Read more...

Three Rivers Heritage Trail has $8.3 million annual economic impact
According to a report issued jointly in April by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and Friends of the Riverfront, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail contributes more than $8 million annually to the local economy. Read more...

Harrisburg-area tree services celebrate Arbor Day with an 'Arbor Day of Service'
In celebration of Arbor Day, the PennDel Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) held an “Arbor Day of Service” April 21 at Harrisburg Cemetery, 521 North 13th Street in Harrisburg. Read more...

Also in the News

Recreation, parks group honors two DCNR workers
A retired employee of DCNR's Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and one of her longtime coworkers were singled out for professional honors at the annual conference of the Pa. Recreation and Parks Society.

Vanyla S. Tierney, who retired earlier this year after a 41-year career as a parks and recreational planner, was honored with the "Outstanding Achievement Award in Honor of Fred M. Coombs" at the society's March 24 gathering in Lancaster.

The presentation said in part: "... Vanyla has helped to make Pennsylvania a better place to live, work and play; advance the profession of parks and recreation; and served PRPS in making it one of the finest professional parks and recreation organizations in the nation."

Michael Eschenmann, chief of the bureau's Community Parks and Conservation Division, was presented the PRPS "Distinguished Member Award in Honor of Robert D. Griffith."

A society member since 1976, Eschenmann was cited for a varied list of services, most notably his "most significant contribution with lasting impact ... his leadership of the DCNR/PRPS 2010 Recreation and Parks Leadership Summit."

Chesapeake Bay Program opens public comment period on draft management strategies
The Chesapeake Bay Program recently announced the opening of a public comment period on the twenty-five draft management strategies developed as a result of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. These strategies outline the Chesapeake Bay Program’s plans for implementation, monitoring and assessing progress and coordinating partners and stakeholders in the work necessary to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Draft management strategies are currently posted on the Chesapeake Bay Program website, with public comment sought until April 30, 2015.

Individuals, communities and local governments all have critical roles in improving the health of local waters, sustaining abundant fish and wildlife populations, restoring critical habitats, protecting farmland and forests and increasing the climate resiliency of the region. As such, the Chesapeake Bay Program values stakeholder input; individual citizens, private businesses, watershed groups, civic organizations and local governments are key partners in the attainment of restoration goals. Interested parties can offer input in two ways:

Paddle Without Pollution’s Presque Isle Water Trail film available
Pittsburgh-based Paddle Without Pollution (PWP) has announced that its “Presque Isle Water Trail” film is available on demand on The film documents the work of PWP, state agencies, and other organizations as they planned the Presque Isle Water Trail in Erie over the last two years.

The film includes interviews with key personnel; beautiful footage of kayakers, canoeists, and stand-up paddleboarders; intimate views of wildlife; and unique shots of Erie County's Presque Isle and Erie Bluffs state parks. The film’s funders include the DCNR) Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, The Erie Community Foundation, and Pennsylvania Environmental Council. The Presque Isle Water Trail is nearing the end of its planning and feasibility study stage, and is also being funded by DCNR.

For more information on Paddle Without Pollution, visit here.

Agency Spotlight

Pine Grove Furnace State Park
This park's location was once a substantial contributor to a new nation's iron industry. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Eagle Watch at Little Pine State Park
April 11. Held 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Join the park naturalist at the Eagle Watch Area to learn about this magnificent bird of prey and observe eagles in the nest. The Eagle Watch Area is located just upstream from the entrance to the boat launch area. The nest is about 800' from the viewing area, and only slightly elevated. Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available for use during the scheduled time, and you are welcome to stay afterwards to continue viewing on your own. For more information, call (570) 753-6000.

Northeast Pa. to host Trails Symposium
May 5. Held 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council/Pocono Forest and Waters Conservation Landscape, and the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association will hold a day-long trails symposium at the offices of Lackawanna Heritage Valley. The symposium will provide Northeastern Pennsylvania trail sponsors and supporters a networking venue where they can share opportunities, challenges and solutions in an informal setting. Registration is required by April 30. For more information, email Stephanie Milewski.

For more DCNR events, go here.

April 22, 2015

Agency Spotlight

Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Pine Grove Furnace State Park

This park's location was once a substantial contributor to a new nation's iron industry. Read more...

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