Bureau of Forestry News


DCNR Encourages Residents to try Cycling as a way to Get Outdoors During May (4/28/16)
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today encouraged people to dust off their bikes and find a trail as a way to get outdoors during May, which is National Bike Month and includes Bike to Work Week starting May 16

DCNR to Begin Spraying Forests to Combat Gypsy Moth Damage (4/28/16)
Harrisburg, PA – 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, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials said today.

Officials to Hold Community Meeting April 27 on Sixteen Mile Fire, Monroe and Pike Counties (4/26/16)
Officials to Hold Community Meeting April 27 on Sixteen Mile Fire, Monroe and Pike Counties Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced that officials will hold a community meeting in Dingmans Ferry tomorrow night to provide information and answer questions about the Sixteen Mile Fire in Monroe and Pike counties.

DCNR, Western Pa. Conservancy Planting Two Acres of Trees Along Lake at Yellow Creek State Park, Indiana County (4/13/16)
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today joined the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) and volunteers in planting two acres of trees along the lake at Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County to improve water quality.

DCNR Warning Anglers, Others of High Woodland Fire Danger (4/13/16)
Harrisburg, PA – With the approach of Pennsylvania’s traditional statewide trout season opener on Saturday, April 16, and weather conditions that keep firefighters busy responding to wildfires across much of the state, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is urging anglers, property owners and others to take steps to prevent forest and brush fires.

DCNR Holds First Meeting of Forest Buffer Advisory Committee (3/29/16)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced the launch of the Riparian Forest Buffer Advisory Committee that will provide advice and expertise as the commonwealth works toward a goal of planting 95,000 acres of buffers along waterways by 2025.

DCNR Announces Funding to Help Volunteer Fire Companies Battle Wildfires (3/23/16)
Harrisburg, PA – With spring’s arrival and the increased risk of forest and brush fires across the state, federal grants now are available to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas.

Launch of PA Conservation Explorer to Allow More Efficient Planning to Avoid Impacts on Threatened, Endangered Species (3/21/16)
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced that the department and its partners today are launching PA Conservation Explorer to assist businesses, local governments and citizens with conservation planning, and improve the process for environmental reviews for threatened and endangered species that are required during permitting for construction and other activities.

DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Urges Caution to Prevent Wildfires (3/18/16)
Harrisburg, PA - With the approach of spring, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn noted drying spring winds and warming temperatures quickly can combine to increase fire dangers across Pennsylvania’s forests and brush lands.

Veteran DCNR Forester Named to Head Bald Eagle State Forest District (3/14/16)
HARRISBURG, PA - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has appointed veteran forester Matthew R. Beaver to head the Bald Eagle State Forest District in central Pennsylvania.

DCNR Secretary Extends Invitation to Visit New Mosnhannon State Forest Lands (2/24/16)
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today extended an invitation to residents of Clearfield County and beyond to visit the almost 600-acre tract that became the latest addition to Moshannon State Forest following official county action late last year.

DCNR Invites Students to Apply for Summer Environmental Careers Camp (2/16/16)
Harrisburg, PA – Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ summer residential camp, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said today.

Fishing Regulations Being Waived in Preparation for Drawdown, (2/11/16)
HARRISBURG, PA - In a bid to best utilize the fishery resource at Pecks Pond, Pike County, fishing regulations are being waived in preparation for a gradual, complete drawdown to permit dam reconstruction at the 408-acre lake in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced today.

Pennsylvania Unveils Comprehensive Strategy to Improve Water Quality in state and Chesapeake Bay Watershed (1/21/16)
Elizabethtown, PA – After 30 years of work that has prevented millions of pounds of pollutants from reaching Pennsylvania’s waterways and the Chesapeake Bay, the commonwealth continues to face immense pressure from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve water quality. In order to meet those obligations, Pennsylvania today unveiled a comprehensive strategy to “reboot” the state’s efforts to improve water quality in the commonwealth and the bay.

DCNR Names New Director of the Bureau of State Parks; (1/19/16)
HARRISBURG, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced Bureau of State Parks Assistant Director John Hallas has been named to head an award-winning state park system that oversees 120 parks across Pennsylvania.

Susquehanna North Branch Named Pennsylvania River of the Year (1/14/16)
Harrisburg, PA - Steeped in historical and recreational value, the freeflowing Susquehanna River North Branch in northeastern Pennsylvania has been voted the 2016 Pennsylvania River of the Year following a five-week public voting period.

Governor Wolf Announces Task Force to Maximize (1/7/16)
Harrisburg, PA – Acting on recommendations of Governor Tom Wolf, a panel of forestry experts from private, public and academic sectors today kicked off a series of meetings to analyze current limitations to forest conservation and job growth, and to develop an action plan to address both objectives.

State Park First Day Hikes Offering Invigorating Start to New Year (12/28/15)
Harrisburg, PA – To promote a healthy start to the new year, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will sponsor free, guided hikes in 23 state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.

Salvage Harvest of Hazardous Trees Planned at Bald Eagle State Park (12/18/15)
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials today announced work on 72 acres within Bald Eagle State Park’s Rustic Camping Area will include a timber salvage harvest on the tract, consisting of mixed hardwoods and many dead and dying white ash trees affected by an emerald ash borer infestation. Work is scheduled to begin later this month.

Governor Wolf Executive Order Gives Voice to Hunters, Anglers on Policy, Legislation (11/24/15)
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has signed Executive Order 2015-13 to formally establish both the Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation and the Governor’s Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation.

Hunters Sharing the Harvest Program Will Reach One Million Pound Mark of Venison Donated This Season (11/24/15)
Harrisburg, PA – With nearly two million Pennsylvanians food insecure, programs that assist in efforts to help are essential. The state’s hunters have an opportunity to provide food to residents at risk for hunger through the unique public-private partnership with the Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) deer donation program. Earlier today, state officials from the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Conservation and Natural Resources, along with the Game Commission and state legislators joined representatives from HSH as well as the Central PA Food Bank, Hunger Free PA and Feeding Pennsylvania to kick off this year’s donation program.

DCNR’s Interactive Website Offering Hunters Wealth of Information (11/23/15)
Harrisburg, PA - Timed for Monday’s opening of Pennsylvania’s traditional deer season, the state Bureau of Forestry is offering a revamped, interactive website offering a wealth of maps, statistics and other information designed to make a hunter’s search more enjoyable and rewarding.

DCNR Names Hills Creek State Park Manager to Head Pine Grove Furnace State Park (11/20/15)
Harrisburg, PA - Joseph Basil, former manager of Hills Creek State Park, Tioga County, has been named manager of Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland County, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today.

DCNR Plans Final Public Meeting, Extends Public Comment Period on (11/12/15)
Harrisburg, PA – The Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council will sponsor the last of 12 statewide meetings held by the state Bureau of Forestry to seek continued public input on changes to its master management plan charting the course of Pennsylvania’s state forests for future generations. The public session will be held 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Room 105 of the Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. An effort will be made to hear all relevant comment, organizers said.

DCNR Secretary Extends Invitation to Visit New Pinchot State Forest Lands (11/5/15)
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today extended an invitation to residents of Luzerne County and beyond to visit three tracts totaling almost 2,000 acres that became the latest addition to Pinchot State Forest following official county action early last week.

South Mountain Speakers Series to Focus on Saw-Whet Owls with Award-Winning Author Scott Weidensaul (11/5/15)
Harrisburg, PA – The final lecture in the 2015 South Mountain Speakers Series will feature North America’s smallest and most mysterious owl. Award-winning author and respected natural historian Scott Weidensaul will discuss his ground-breaking research on the migration patterns of northern saw-whet owls On November 12 in Shippensburg.

Independent Review Hails Management of State Forest System (11/2/15)
Harrisburg, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today released results of an independent review team’s annual study of state forestlands, noting its findings continue to affirm Bureau of Forestry efforts to conserve these resources through sound management

DCNR Seeking Nominations for Trail Advisory Committee (10/26/15)
Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is accepting nominations for six open positions on the 2016 Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced today.

Nominations Being Accepted for 2016 Trail of the Year (10/23/15)
Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvanians are being asked to nominate their favorite trail for 2016 Trail of the Year honors, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced today.

Governor Wolf, DCNR Announce Additional State Forest Roads Opening for Hunting Seasons (10/1/15)
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that hunters heading into Pennsylvania’s state-owned woodlands this season will find additional roads opened by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in 18 of the 20 state forest districts.

DCNR Plans Series of Public Meetings To Review Draft State Forest Management Plan (9/24/15)
A series of 12 statewide meetings has been planned by the state Bureau of Forestry to seek continued public input on changes to its master management plan charting the course of Pennsylvania’s state forests for future generations.

DCNR Secretary Joins in Celebration of 570-acre Addition to Bald Eagle State Forest (9/9/15)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today 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.

DCNR Sets Public Meeting to Discuss William Penn State Forest Addition (8/21/15)
Elverson, PA – 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, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today.

DCNR Renames Lackawanna State Forest District (8/11/15)
Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today renamed Lackawanna State Forest District in honor of Gifford Pinchot in a move marking the 150th anniversary of the conservation pioneer’s birth and saluting his creation of forestry practices that continue to shape and benefit Pennsylvania’s forests to this day.

DCNR Releases Update to Shale Gas Monitoring Report (7/23/15)
State College, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today updated members of the Natural Gas Advisory Committee on the department’s ongoing efforts to monitor natural gas extraction and management on DCNR lands.

Prowl the Sproul’ State Forest Hiking Activities Set for July 24-26 (7/16/15)
Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry invites hikers and other visitors to again sample the rugged beauty of Sproul State Forest when a three-day “Prowl the Sproul” series of hikes steps off Friday, July 24.

DCNR Secretary Addresses Campers on Summer Jobs, Environmental Careers Available With Department (7/13/15)
Drums, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today called upon high school students to consider careers in conservation and recreation, and she reminded the young campers there is no better place to start than a summer job in Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.

DCNR Releases Update to Shale Gas Monitoring Report (7/2/15)
State College, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today updated members of the Natural Gas Advisory Committee on the department’s ongoing efforts to monitor natural gas extraction and management on DCNR lands.

DCNR Seeking Information in Northeast Pa. Wildfires (6/10/15)
Harrisburg, PA - 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. A reward of $1,000 is being offered by the bureau for information leading to arrests and convictions in what investigators have labeled arson in Schuylkill, Luzerne and Carbon counties. Approximately 50 arson fires, burning more than 1,000 acres, were investigated in these three counties.

DCNR Announces Grants Available for Protecting Non-Game Species (6/2/15)
Harrisburg, PA - The Wild Resource Conservation Program is accepting applications for grants to protect the state’s native biodiversity. The program, overseen by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, safeguards Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants, and their habitat. Grant applications will be accepted in three areas: surveys, research, and conservation and management.

Nearly 100 Hikes Planned To Showcase Pennsylvania’s Trails, Walkways (5/29/15)
Harrisburg, PA – New and experienced hikers can pick their pace and path through Pennsylvania’s bountiful outdoors in one of nearly 100 organized hikes across the state during Hiking Week 2015, which steps off Saturday, May 30.

DCNR Joins in Bid to Set Tree-Planting Record in North America (5/19/15)
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources employees and volunteers will join teams from across North America next week in a record-setting bid by Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. to plant a quarter-million trees in one hour, DCNR officials announced today.

DCNR to Resume Spraying Forests to Combat Gypsy Moth Damage (5/4/15)
Harrisburg, PA – State woodland managers are preparing for an aerial spraying effort to combat gypsy moth population posed for spring outbreaks in the eastern portion of the state, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials said today.

DCNR to Add 17,000 Acres to Elk State Forest in the Pennsylvania Wilds (5/1/15)
Acting Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced that the department is adding more than 17,000 acres of wooded land and waterways to the adjacent Elk State Forest with the acquisition of about a 27-square mile property in Norwich and Sergeant townships near the town of Clermont in southern McKean County.

DCNR, Harrisburg Senators Teaming Up for Harrisburg Area Trees (4/23/15)
Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Harrisburg Senators are teaming up to show the value of planting trees in special Arbor Day activities planned Friday, April 24, at the team’s Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg.

DCNR Announces Local Changes To Horseback Riding in Elk State Forest (4/23/15)
Harrisburg, PA – In an effort to further safeguard natural resources and enhance the experience of all trail-users, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced local changes affecting horseback riding will be forthcoming along the Thunder Mountain Equestrian Trail in Elk State Forest, Elk County.

DCNR to Assist with Tree Plantings at Flight 93 Memorial (4/16/15)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced that DCNR and TreeVitalize will be assisting with a large tree planting effort on April 17-18 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County.

DCNR Warning Anglers, Others of High Wildfire Danger (4/14/15)
Harrisburg, PA – With the approach of Pennsylvania’s traditional statewide trout season opener on April 18, and a rash of recent wildfires, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is urging anglers, property owners and others to take steps to prevent forest and brush fires.

DCNR’s TreeVitalize Program Aiding Community Tree-Planting Efforts (4/9/15)
Harrisburg, PA – Communities across Pennsylvania will become a little greener this spring thanks to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ TreeVitalize Program. DCNR today announced it’s urban and community forest programs will be awarding a total of $492,220 to communities throughout the state in support of tree planting this spring.

DCNR to Continue Regular Surveying to Determine Trends in Sustainable Forestry, Timber Industry (4/8/15)
Using recently compiled data as a baseline, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced that the department will conduct a survey of timber harvested and processed in Pennsylvania every two to three years to better understand market dynamics important to sustaining forests and the forest products industry.

Construction to begin at Poe Paddy Tunnel along Penns Creek (4/3/15)
Harrisburg, PA – Anglers, hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts are reminded repair work soon will be starting in the area of the now-barricaded Poe Paddy Tunnel along Penn Creek in a wide-ranging rehabilitation project that will require the temporary closing of a section of the Mid-State Trail on Monday, April 6, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced today.

Governor Wolf Declares March 15-21 Wildfire Prevention Week (3/13/15)
Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed March 15-21 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Pennsylvania, noting drying March winds and warming temperatures quickly can combine to increase fire dangers across Pennsylvania’s forests and brush lands.

DCNR Announces Funding to Help Volunteer Firefighters (3/12/15)
Harrisburg - With the approach of spring and increased risk of forest and brush fires across the state, federal grants are now available to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas.

DCNR Invites Students to Apply for Summer Environmental Careers Camp (2/5/15)
Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ summer residential camp, DCNR Acting Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said today.

Governor Wolf Signs Executive Order Reinstating Moratorium On New Leases For Oil and Gas Development In State Parks and Forests (1/29/15)
Governor Tom Wolf today signed an executive order reinstating a moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development in state parks and forests. At an event in Benjamin Rush State Park, Governor Wolf signed the executive order with members of the General Assembly in attendance.