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Ceremony officially opens Ohiopyle State Park Office/Laurel Highlands Falls Area Visitor Center
DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn recently joined state and local officials and many civic partners in the formal dedication of the Ohiopyle State Park Office/Laurel Highlands Falls Area Visitor Center—an energy-efficient building serving as the hub of public outreach and instruction at the increasingly popular Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County.

“Just as this incredible new visitor center casts a spotlight on all that Ohiopyle offers the outdoors enthusiast, this dedication celebration highlights all the partnerships and public support that made this building possible,” said Dunn, addressing an enthusiastic crowd of park supporters and visitors gathered June 11 at the park.

“It’s all here—a river that thrills the boater and angler; trails that delight the hiker, biker and birder—all enhanced by the rugged unspoiled beauty that is the Laurel Highlands’s trademark,” Dunn said. Read more...

State forests, parks again enrolled In Deer Management Assistance Program
Offering white-tailed deer hunters more hunting opportunities across Pennsylvania, state forestlands and state parks again are participating in the Pa. Game Commission’s Deer Management Assistance Program, or DMAP. Read more...

DCNR, Dickinson College monitoring health of three lakes in Cumberland County
Researchers at Dickinson College are collaborating with DCNR to study three Cumberland County lakes that are popular spots for fishing, boating and other recreational activities, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said recently. Read more...

DCNR seeking information in Northeast Pa. wildfires
The state Bureau of Forestry is seeking the public’s help in its investigation of a series of suspicious wildfires in April and May that scorched hundreds of acres in three counties in the northeast section of Pennsylvania. Read more...

Also in the News

Keystone Trails Association announces new executive director
The Keystone Trails Association has appointed Joe Neville as its new Executive Director. Neville started his new duties as Executive Director on June 8. He takes over leadership from former Executive Director Curt Ashenfelter, who retired on February 27.

The association is a volunteer-directed, public service, non-profit organization dedicated to providing, preserving, protecting and promoting recreational hiking opportunities in Pennsylvania and representing the interests and concerns of the Pennsylvania hiking community. It represents clubs, members and supporters across Pennsylvania and is headquartered in Harrisburg. The website for the Keystone Trails Association is and Joe Neville can be contacted at:

Agency Spotlight

Gouldsboro State Park
This park's lake was once very active in the ice industry. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Saturday Morning Stroll at Bald Eagle State Park
June 20. Held 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Join the park naturalist in meandering around the local trails to explore what the morning brings. Natural history topics from insects to plants may be discussed. (Participants will be walking at least a mile on un- even surfaces). Meet at the Russell P. Letterman Campground Amphitheater.

June 17, 2015

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