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DCNR, partners say local parks, recreation are 'Good for You, Good for All'
DCNR and the Pennsylvania Park and Recreation Society (PRPS) are inviting Pennsylvanians to find some healthy fun at a park or recreation program close to them through a new website, brand and outreach effort.

The “Good for You, Good for All” campaign is intended to broaden awareness, and increase engagement and support for local parks and recreation. The campaign hopes to make more than 5,600 local parks go-to destinations for Pennsylvanians with a new interactive map feature at The map lets visitors search for a local park nearby or by county; provides aerial photgraphy of the facility and a list of amenities available.

"Local parks and recreation facilities and programs are our ‘go to” for close-to-home recreation in Pennsylvania,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. Read more...

DCNR secretary joins in celebration of 570-acre addition to Bald Eagle State Forest
DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined Bureau of Forestry and ClearWater Conservancy officials in applauding acquisition of a 570-acre tract that expands Bald Eagle State Forest to more than 197,000 acres. Read more...

Secretary Dunn helps celebrate Ridley Creek State Park’s new equestrian arena
DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn last week joined Bureau of State Park officials and equestrian enthusiasts in dedicating a new indoor equestrian arena that will extend riding opportunities at Ridley Creek State Park, near Media, Delaware County. Read more...

Schuylkill River Trail draws a crowd of celebrants
They came to jog, to walk, to bike and sightsee. Read more...

State Museum of Pennsylvania to host 'Pennsylvania’s Conservation Heritage Considered: A Special Preview and Panel'
The State Museums of Pennsylvania will host a preview of two new short documentaries on Pennsylvania conservation legends Gifford Pinchot and Mira Lloyd Dock at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15. Admission is free. Read more...

Pa. Climate Impacts Assessment Report shows threats to human health, water and air quality
Pennsylvanians should prepare for dangerously high summer temperatures and more severe storms, increased threat of certain diseases carried by insects, and drastic changes to agriculture and water quality, according to a new report on the impact of climate change from Penn State University. Read more...

Also in the News

First Annual Trail Report now available
DCNR and the Trails Advisory Committee today announced the release of the 2014 Annual Trail Report that highlights the efforts of the many individuals and organizations that make Pennsylvania’s trails a world-class destination for out-of-state as well as international visitors. Today, more Pennsylvanians have access to trails than ever before. The vision of a statewide network of trails is becoming a reality due to the sustained efforts of dedicated and skilled trail planners, builders, volunteers, advocates and financial partners. Highlights from 2014 include:

  • More than 14,600 volunteer hours logged by the Keystone Trails Association for trail maintenance activities throughout Pennsylvania
  • Eclipsed one million page views on ExplorePAtrails, the commonwealth’s all-inclusive resource for trail users
  • Redbank Valley Trails in Armstrong, Clarion, and Jefferson counties named the inaugural Pennsylvania Trail of the Year
  • Over $34 million from state funding programs was awarded to trail and trail-related projects

With more than 40 trail events and construction projects featured in the 2014 Annual Trail Report, an impressive effort was put forth to maintain and improve upon Pennsylvania’s trails. Read the report here.

Lake Erie cleanup seeks volunteers to improve shoreline
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites the public to join them and partners to clean up and improve the Lake Erie watershed by participating in the Pennsylvania-Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) on Saturday, September 19, from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Through this annual event, more than 13,916 dedicated volunteers have removed more than 115,033 pounds of debris and trash from the Lake Erie shoreline and watershed during the past twelve years.

This year’s effort will focus on 17 sites along the Lake Erie shoreline, from Raccoon Creek in western Erie County to the North East Marina, 20 Mile Creek and Freeport Beach on the eastern end of the county. Recent sites have been added in Edinboro Borough and The City of Erie and will include; Edinboro University; and Mallory Run, the outlet of Edinboro Lake and the East Avenue Boat Launch.

For more information, visit To volunteer or view the Erie ICC statistics, visit here.

Agency Spotlight

Allegheny Islands State Park
This park is accessible only by boat.

Upcoming Events

Hike the Alpha Pass Trail at McConnells Mill State Park
Sept. 19. Held 10:00 a.m. - noon. Join park staff for an interpretive hike on one of the loveliest trails at McConnells Mill. The plants, trees and underlying geology of the Slippery Rock Gorge make a unique environment to explore by foot. Some rough terrain and slippery rocks, wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and dress for the weather. Feel free to pack in a snack, walking sticks, or whatever suits your hiking style. Meet at the Point parking area, at the park entrance one mile west of route 19 on Johnson Road.

September 9, 2015

Agency Spotlight

Allegheny Islands State Park

Allegheny Islands State Park

This park is accessible only by boat.

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