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DCNR joins in bid to set tree-planting record in North America
DCNR employees and volunteers are joining teams from across North America today in a record-setting bid by Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. to plant a quarter-million trees in one hour.

Sections of Tuscarora and Moshannon state forests have been selected for participation in this attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the “Most Trees Planted in One Hour.” From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, Pennsylvania teams joined some 40 others across the United States and Canada in this tree-planting endeavor sponsored by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI).

"Participating are a diverse group of young people, forestry industry representatives, community volunteers, and DCNR workers who all recognize our forests are critical to our health and the sustainability of our communities,” said DCNR Acting Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. Read more...

First-time campers to find special deal at many Pa. state parks
DCNR is providing first-time campers with needed gear and a reservation for two nights at a participating state park for just $20. Read more...

Governor Wolf proclaims Bike to Work Week
Gov. Tom Wolf issued a proclamation commemorating May 11 to 15 as Bike to Work Week as representatives from five state agencies joined other state and local officials in kicking off the week with an executive ride around Harrisburg. Read more...

Firefighters gather again for training at 2015 Wildland Crew Training Camp
Once again, wildland firefighters from across Pennsylvania will gather to train and prepare so that they can “answer the call” and respond to wildfires and other natural disaster incidents that occur across the United States. Read more...

Pa. outdoors writers meet DCNR’s acting secretary
They came like the targets at Seven Springs’ nearby sporting clays range: scattered, quickly and sometimes tough. Read more...

Outdoors communicators introduced to classroom around them
They were billed as “Craft Improvement Sessions,” but the day easily could have been billed as “Welcome to the World of Pa. State Park and Forests in Southwestern Pa.” Read more...

Sportsmen’s federation hosts DCNR’s acting secretary
She had said she was no stranger to the shooting sports, and now she had a chance to show her listeners she knew of what she spoke—at least on the rifle range. Read more...

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Peregrine falcon viewing highlights 'Step Outdoors' event in Bethlehem
Opportunities for the public to view endangered peregrine falcons, urban hikes on the South Bethlehem Greenway, and birding and bike riding activities on the Delaware & Lehigh Trail along the Lehigh Canal are among the special events and activities the public can take part in during the new Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley presented by Lehigh Valley Zoo this spring at SteelStacks. The free festival, which debuts May 30-31, will feature more than 25 different wildlife, conservation and outdoors-focused organizations offering a variety of hand-on activities, presentations and educational experiences for families.

Pa. Game Commission Peregrine Falcon Coordinator Arthur McMorris will offer a free presentation on May 31 regarding Peregrine Falcons at the ArtsQuest Center, then lead two small groups on a 10-minute walk to Sands Bethlehem to see-first hand one of the two confirmed nesting pairs of peregrines in the Lehigh Valley. The Lehigh Valley Audubon Society, which is partnering with Sands Bethlehem, ArtsQuest and the PGC on the presentations, will also lead a small group to see the birds on May 30. Audubon members will offer a birding walk on the D&L Trail on Sand Island May 31, 10 a.m., to introduce participants to some of the many species of birds that call the Lehigh Valley home.

Both days will also feature dynamic presentations in the ArtsQuest Center cinemas, highlighted by the Lehigh Valley Zoo’s “Wonders of Wildlife.” For more information on all of the events and activities planned for the festival, visit here.

GetOutdoorsPA to host webinar on social media
The GetOutdoorsPA program will be hosting a free webinar called, “Using Social Media to promote your Outdoor Recreation Programs.” The webinar will take place May 21 at 1:00 p.m. and will feature communication professionals who will provide guidance and strategies for success in connecting with partners and your desired audience using social media. Participants will hear from the experts on selecting the best site for you, managing time and being effective in your social media activity. For more information, go here.

Agency Spotlight

Yellow Creek State Park
This park's lake is fed by creeks that have yellow clay in their banks and bottoms. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Paddling Skills - Learn how to Kayak! at Canoe Creek State Park
May 23. Held 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Come to this user-friendly class for ages 12+ that will teach basic paddling skills. For first timers only please! Call the park office at 814-695-6807 to register and prepay the $5.00 fee and reserve a park kayak. Program fee applies if you bring your own kayak - please notify us if you are bringing your own kayak. Ages 18 and under must have parent present. Participants must present valid driver's license to get a boat at time of program. All participants must wear the life vest provided. Meet at boat rental building.

May 20, 2015

Agency Spotlight

Yellow Creek State Park

Yellow Creek State Park

This park's lake is fed by creeks that have yellow clay in their banks and bottoms. Read more...

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