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DCNR sets public meeting to discuss new William Penn State Forest tract
The addition of a 400-acre tract, formerly part of the Wernersville State Hospital grounds, to the William Penn State Forest District will be reviewed at a public meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the South Heidelberg Township Building, DCNR has announced

The session is being hosted by DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry in conjunction with the office of state Rep. Jim Cox, Sinking Springs. The township building is located at 555 A Mountain Home Road, Sinking Springs, South Heidelberg Township, Berks County.

Originally watershed acreage for Wernersville State Hospital, the land formerly known as the George W. Wertz tract was transferred to DCNR from the state Department of Human Services. Read more...

DCNR offering series of workshops to grant applicants
In partnership with the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, the state Department of Conservation and Resources again will be offering free, in-person grant workshops at six locations across Pennsylvania in November. Read more...

Public reminded of steps to take to protect trees during Asian Longhorned Beetle Awareness Month
By taking a few minutes to inspect trees for unusual insect damage this month, Pennsylvanians can help safeguard the state from a non-native, invasive threat to the state’s forests. Read more...

Penncrest High School places second in NCF-Envirothon competition
A five-member team of high school students from Penncrest High School in Media, Delaware County, earned second-place honors early this month at the 2015 NCF-Envirothon. Read more...

Little Pine State Park, three state forests host trail events
On the weekend of August 15-16, the Little Pine State Park complex, as well as the Tiadaghton, Tioga, and Sproul state forests hosted two simultaneous trail running/hiking events covering over 115 miles of state forest and park hiking trails. Read more...

Bureau of Forestry official honored at US Forest Service gypsy moth gathering
Dr. Donald Eggen, forest health manager with DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry, was honored early this month for leadership and accomplishments in forest health and aviation safety at the 2015 Gypsy Moth Program Managers Meeting, sponsored by the US Forest Service’s Forest Health Program. Read more...

Also in the News

Pennsylvania Wilds mini-grant deadline approaching
The Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team is pleased to announce a new mini-grant program for up to $25,000 in funding. Applications are due September 1.

To be eligible, communities should have participated in two past workshops offered by the PA Wilds Planning Team and are required to provide a 50-50 match to the grant. Eligible applicants also include members of the workshop teams, include non-profit 501(c)3 organizations, municipalities, Councils of Government and Conservation Districts.

Funding for the Planning Team’s 2015 Mini-Grant Program is provided through DCNR's Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and therefore must adhere to all statewide rules and regulations. The Planning Team anticipates making award announcements by September 30. Awardees would then have one year to complete their project. For more information and to download an application, visit here.

Agency Spotlight

Norristown Farm Park
This park is a working farm in continuous use since colonial times. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Morning Float at Bald Eagle State Park
Aug. 29. Held 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Team up with the park naturalist for a paddle on F.J. Sayers Lake! This paddle is designed for beginners to learn the basics of kayaking. Participants must be 14 years old and up to participate. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required by Friday, August 28, by calling the ELC at 814-625-9369! Meet at the Park Office before driving to the put-in.

August 26, 2015

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