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DCNR to add 17,000 acres to Elk State Forest in the Pennsylvania Wilds
Acting DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn has announced that the department is adding more than 17,000 acres of wooded land and waterways to the adjacent Elk State Forest with the acquisition of about a 27-square mile property in Norwich and Sergeant townships near the town of Clermont in southern McKean County.

The state invested $7.2 million to purchase the land, which came a fund from mitigation payments for rights-of-way and other transactions that is intended for the acquisition of new state forest lands. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, a non-profit organization that focuses on enhancing the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places, facilitated the purchase with additional funds from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

“This property will be open to the public for hunting, fishing, hiking and other recreational activities, expanding the tremendous recreational opportunities that attract visitors to the Pennsylvania Wilds every year who support the local economy through tourism,” Dunn said. Read more...


DCNR to resume spraying forests to combat gypsy moth damage
State woodland managers are preparing for an aerial spraying effort to combat gypsy moth population posed for spring outbreaks in the eastern portion of the state, DCNR officials said this week. Read more...


DCNR to expand ‘Clean Air Beach Program’ to eight state parks
After a successful two-year operation of a pilot smoke-free beach at a state park in Cumberland County, DCNR has announced it is expanding the trial program to include eight new state parks across Pennsylvania. Read more...


State agencies gear up for Bike to Work Week
Pennsylvania is joining states across the nation in recognizing May 2015 as National Bike Month, and state and local officials will get the effort rolling Monday, May 11, by riding around Harrisburg before participating in a media event. Read more...


DCNR to add 48 acres to Codorus State Park in York County
Acting DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn recently announced that the department will add about 48 acres to Codorus State Park with the acquisition of the former Rohrbaugh property along Blooming Grove Road in Manheim Township, York County. Read more...


Teaming up for Arbor Day service
The bats were swinging, the state forester was throwing, Smokey Bear was dancing, and the fans were watching. Read more...


Bob Webber, a man who truly lived
Who was Bob Webber? People that never met him must be wondering. Read more...


Also in the News

South Mountain Partnership hosts 'Go Local for Health' Community Wellness Summit
The South Mountain Partnership hosted the "Go Local for Health" Community Wellness Summit at the Allenberry Resort Inn & Playhouse in Boiling Springs on May 1. The summit explored innovative programs and efforts underway within south-central Pennsylvania to underscore health as a point of integration around themes of creating sustainable and healthy environments, communities, and individuals.

In collaboration with lead partner, Partnership for Better Health, the South Mountain Partnership convened the summit as a vehicle for outdoor recreation professionals, open space and conservation professionals, agriculture and food systems advocates, community planners, community and municipal officials and decision-makers, and health and wellness professionals to explore how natural, agricultural, and built environments can be a front line of individual and community health and well-being.

Dr. William Sullivan, a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois and a leading national expert on how our local environments and place impact individual and community health and well-being, offered the keynote address, "Paths to Wellness: The Nature Near You." For more information on the South Mountain Partnership, visit here.


Grand reopening and rededication ceremony planned for Pa. Lumber Museum’s Visitor Center
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates, will hold a grand reopening and rededication ceremony for renovations to the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Visitor Center at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 15. The museum, located in Galeton, Potter County, interprets the colorful heritage of the state's prosperous lumber era when white pine and hemlock were the wealth of the nation.

Representatives of both organizations will join elected officials, community leaders and the public to celebrate the completed renovation to museum. Approximately 7,000 square feet has been added to the building. In addition to marking the completion of the renovation project, May 15 also marks the opening of “Challenges and Choices in Pennsylvania’s Forests,” a new permanent exhibit chronicling the history of Pennsylvania’s lumber industry and the forest conservation efforts that have ensured the survival of this important natural resource.

The additional space includes a new ADA-compliant entrance, expanded exhibit galleries and a state-of-the-art collections storage area. The renovated visitor center also houses museum offices, meeting spaces for community groups, visitor amenities, a library and a gift shop.

The new addition, like the original visitor center constructed in 1972, features rough-sawn board and batten hemlock siding, which was used at many lumber camps, and stone cladding. For more information, visit here.


Agency Spotlight

Locust Lake State Park
This park is known for its excellent camping opportunities. Read more...


Upcoming Events

Eagle Watch at Little Pine State Park
May 9. Held 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Recurs every Sat. in May. Saturday Morning Birding Walks at Hills Creek Saturdays in April and May All 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. Meet at the Hills Creek State Park Office. Members of the Tiadaghton Audubon Society will lead a series of Saturday Morning Birding Walks at Hills Creek State Park throughout April and May. Walks highlight the many varieties of water and woodland birds that live in or migrate through the parks. Bald Eagles are often observed, as well as Ospreys that frequent Hills Creek Lake. Please bring your binoculars (if you have them) and wear subdued clothing and sturdy shoes. Walks are usually two hours. If the weather is inclement, the group may opt for a driving tour with several key stops nearby to keep optics dry (as well as the participants). Meet at Hills Creek Park Office. Check out the club's website for updates on what's been seen lately and other helpful local birding information.



May 6, 2015



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