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Rivers Month in June puts focus on waterways
As summer officially begins this week and the time for vacations is upon us, our journeys often take us to water. That’s why it’s fitting that we celebrate June as Rivers Month in Pennsylvania.

Part of the mission at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is rivers conservation. Much of the work to conserve river resources is done through the preparation and implementation of locally-initiated rivers conservation plans that are supported by DCNR grants.

The program provides technical and financial assistance to municipalities and river support groups to carry out planning, implementation, acquisition, and development activities. Read more...

DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry announces reward increase as probe continues into NEPA wildfires
The Bureau of Forestry has announced an increase in the reward offered in its ongoing investigation of arson earlier this spring that scorched more than 8,000 acres of woodlands on the Monroe-Pike county line. Read more...

Pennsylvania schools named U.S. Department of Education’s 2016 'Green Ribbon Schools'
Environmental and education advocates gathered at the State Capitol Building this week to honor three Pennsylvania schools that were named 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. Read more...

Also in the News

Governor’s Advisory Council seeks candidates for Game Commission board
The Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation is seeking a qualified candidate to represent District 6 on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s board of directors. District 6 includes the counties of Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder and York. The district is currently represented by Ronald Weaner, of Biglerville, Adams County. While Commissioner Weaner’s term expired on June 3, 2016, he is permitted to serve a six-month extension while his replacement is sought.

According to the Game Code, applicants must be well informed on the subject of wildlife conservation and restoration, and be residents of the district. Commissioners serve a four-year term and may be reappointed for a maximum of two additional terms. They receive no compensation for their services, but are reimbursed for travel expenses.

Candidates will be interviewed by the advisory council and rated on their responses, as well as on their professional and volunteer experience with wildlife conservation and related activities. Governor Tom Wolf will select the final candidate to be presented to the Senate for confirmation. Individuals interested in applying should send a resume and detailed cover letter explaining their desire to serve to Robb Miller, Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation, 400 Market St., 7th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301. Individuals can also email the information to Robb Miller at Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 9, 2016.

Secretary Dunn joins sojourn down Susquehanna to highlight river health for Chesapeake Bay
DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined in on a canoe trip down the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg on June 17. The sojourn was hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Also paddling was Pa. Fish & Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway and Chesapeake Bay Foundation PA Executive Director Harry Campbell. The health of the Susquehanna River was the focus of the trip, with CBF's educational staff on hand to discuss the status of the bay and the river's critical importance to its health.

More information on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation can be found on their website.

Conservation Tip

What form of pollution have most people forgotten? Light pollution. It adds to carbon emissions, interferes with animal migration…and prevents us from seeing the stars. Go dark when you don’t need your outdoor lights at home. Get tips for dark sky friendly lighting from the International Dark Sky Association. And don’t forget to have your kids look up at night! Our state parks and forests provide great locations and programming to help you get started.

Agency Spotlight

Fort Washington State Park
This park was the site of Gen. Washington's defensive position before he moved his men to Valley Forge. Read more...

Upcoming Events

In Search of Aliens! at Trough Creek State Park
June 25. Held 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. A walk to see aliens, really? We have alien invaders right here in our back yards. We'll take a stroll through the scenery of Trough Creek to meet some of these plant invaders that are taking over our forests. Meet at picnic area by Pavilion #5. For more information, call (814) 658-3847.

June 22, 2016

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