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DCNR leading statewide forest buffer planting effort to help improve water quality
Close your eyes and listen for a babbling brook. In your mind’s eye, does it have trees along it, making the picture cool and green?

Not only are trees along streams beautiful, they also help provide a filter between polluting landscapes and receiving waters.

In the past, location near water made our farms, cities and towns grow. As we grew, we altered the stream banks, replacing trees with buildings, lawns and crop lands. Read more...

Pocono fire contained, wildfire season still a concern in Pa.
If the situation does not change, a fire that impacted more than 8,000 acres in the Poconos—referred to as the Sixteen Mile Fire—is contained and crews will begin the process of going after hot spots, eliminating fuels and cleaning up. Read more...

DCNR to begin spraying forests to combat gypsy moth damage
State Bureau of Forestry staff are preparing for an aerial spraying effort to combat gypsy moth populations poised for spring outbreaks in the eastern and central portions of Pennsylvania, DCNR officials are announcing. Read more...

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Envirothon to draw hundreds of high school students in late May
More than 300 students and teacher-coaches from Pennsylvania’s 67 counties will be converging on Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Synder County, and Camp Mount Luther in Mifflinburg, Union County, on May 24-25. The students will be utilizing their year-long “Envirothon” experience to vie for the championship title at the Pennsylvania Envirothon.

During the two-day competition, teams accept the natural challenge and participate in a series of field-oriented tests that focus on soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue. Teams also prepare and deliver oral presentations to panels of judges who evaluate each team on its problem-solving capabilities and presentation skills to help solve the specific environmental challenge posed during the competition. Students compete for a share of more than $10,000 in educational scholarships and the honor to represent Pennsylvania at the NCF-Envirothon, North America’s largest high school natural resource education competition.

DCNR collaborates with many partners for the annual event. Visit the Envirothon website for more information.

Webinar to discuss monitoring seismic activity in Pa.
While DCNR’s Topographic and Geologic Survey and Penn State University have been monitoring seismic activity in Pa. for several years, the possibility of hydraulic fracturing being the cause of earthquakes in other states has grabbed headlines lately. Most scientists have noted fracking does not pose a significant risk in causing seismic activity, but research is ongoing—DEP is partnering with DCNR and Penn State in an effort to maintain a network of seismic stations around the state.

Sorting out natural and man-made seismic activity will be the subject of an upcoming webinar by Penn State Professor of Geosciences Dr. Andrew Nyblade. Held on May 19 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., “Seismicity in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Seismic Network” will cover how how the monitoring works, the seismic network, and findings thus far from the research.

The webinar is free but participants must register through Penn State. For more information, contact Carol Loveland at (570) 320-4429, or visit their website.

'Stewards of Penn’s Woods' looking for volunteers
The Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation is asking for volunteers to assist with its "Stewards of Penn’s Woods" program, that connects people to places to assist with clean-up and beautification at trail heads, boat launches, islands, vistas and other interesting sites. The program is designed for anyone—from individuals to businesses—to get involved in being a steward of our natural resources.

In exchange for a year commitment to steward a particular location, Stewards will receive a t-shirt, gloves, bags and other necessary items to steward that area.

There are two upcoming events available for volunteers to participate:

Rachel Carson Homestead to present free lecture at Hawk Mountain
Five new members will be inducted into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame on June 3 at the sixth annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Cumberland County. The banquet will begin at 7:00 p.m., preceeded by a reception.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will welcome Jean Cecil of the Rachel Carson Homestead for a free spring lecture, “Rachel Carson: A Sense of Wonder,” on Saturday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center gallery. The talk and slideshow will highlight Carson’s many conservation accomplishments and include a virtual tour of the National Historic Place in Springdale, Pa, that was her childhood home.

Rachel Carson was a world-renowned marine biologist, environmentalist activist, and arguably the most influential nature writer of our time. Registration is not required, but recommended by calling (610) 756-6961.

Conservation Tip

Catch the spring rain! Add a rain barrel to your property to collect rain for watering the landscape and to help control stormwater. Philadelphia residents can get a free rain barrel by participating in Rain Check. The program supports Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters Program, which is adding green features to keep excess stormwater out of sewers.

Agency Spotlight

Chapman State Park
This park is adjacent to a vast wilderness.

Upcoming Events

Wildflower Hike at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
April 30. Held 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Springtime means it is time for wild flowers! Join us as we search for & discuss some of the wild flowers that are common here at Kings Gap. This free 2½-mile hike will cover uneven terrain & will start at the Kings Gap Hollow parking lot. Remember to wear sturdy shoes & bring water. No registration is required. We will depart promptly at 1:00 pm.

April 27, 2016

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