Bureau of Forestry News


DCNR Unveils Conservation Plan for Pennsylvania’s Threatened State Tree (11/21/14)
Harrisburg – In an effort to protect the eastern hemlock across Pennsylvania, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has developed a conservation plan for the species that addresses insect and other threats, and calls upon private landowners for focus-area suggestions where the plan might best be applied.

DCNR, C.F. Martin & Co. Form Partnership to Demonstrate Sustainable Forestry at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center (11/12/14)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti today announced a partnership with C.F. Martin & Co. of Nazareth for a demonstration area at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center to help educate visitors about sustainable practices for forest health.

Corbett Administration Officials Dedicate Lycoming County Trail Bridge (10/27/14)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti today joined state and local officials and hiking enthusiasts on the Black Forest Trail to dedicate a new bridge spanning Slate Run in the village of Slate Run, Lycoming County.

Additional State Forest Roads Opening for Hunting Seasons (10/2/14)
Harrisburg – Hunters heading into Pennsylvania’s state-owned woodlands this season will find additional roads open in 18 of the 20 state forest districts, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today.

DCNR Adds Interactive Online Map Geared to Hunters, Other Forest Visitors (10/1/14)
Harrisburg – Just in time for early-season hunting and the fall foliage viewing season, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has launched a new interactive map of state forest lands across the state.

Manhunt Forces Temporary Closure of Some Delaware State Forest Areas in Northeastern Pennsylvania (10/1/14)
Harrisburg – Acting in concert with the Pennsylvania State Police and in the wake of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s temporary suspension of hunting and closure of its game lands within seven townships in northeastern Pennsylvania during an ongoing manhunt, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is closing sections of Delaware State Forest to hunters and others traveling on foot in the woodlands.

Governor Corbett Announces Pennsylvania is Receiving Federal Dollars to Plan Forest Management, Conservation for Bats (9/9/14)
Governor Tom Corbett today announced that Pennsylvania will receive an additional $675,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the federal Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund to support conservation planning for bats on 3.8 million acres of public lands in Pennsylvania.

DCNR Will Seek Public Comment on Draft Development Agreement for Gas Extraction in Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County (7/30/14)
State College – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti today announced that the department will seek public comment once a draft Surface Development Management Agreement has been negotiated to protect the natural and recreational resources of a 25,000-acre tract known as the Clarence Moore lands in the Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County.

Enhance Penn’s Woods Initiative Results in 1,700 Acre Addition to Buchanan State Forest (7/25/14)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti today announced that the department will add more than 1,700 acres to Buchanan State Forest with the acquisition of the Hardwoods Trail tract in Cumberland Valley Township, Bedford County.

Bureau of Forestry Announces Funding for Rural Firefighters (7/21/14)
Harrisburg - More than $590,000 in grants will be awarded to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced today

DCNR Contests Aim to Foster Interest in Environment, Outdoor Activities (7/10/14)
Harrisburg - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti today announced two contests to foster the goals of Kids in Nature, a department-wide effort to introduce more families to outdoor adventures.

‘Prowl the Sproul’ State Forest Hiking Activities Set for July 18-20 (7/9/14)
Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry invites hikers and other visitors to sample the rugged beauty of Sproul State Forest when a three-day “Prowl the Sproul” series of hikes steps off Friday, July 18.

Pennsylvania’s Hiking Week Showcasing State’s Trails, Walkways (5/23/14)
Hikers can pick their pace and path through Pennsylvania’s bountiful outdoors when Hiking Week 2014 begins on Saturday, May 24, offering participants a variety of organized hikes across the state.

DCNR to Resume Spraying Woodlands to Combat Gypsy Moth Damage (5/22/14)
The cool, wet weather of spring 2013 has emerged as a strong ally of state woodland managers as they prepare to combat remnants of a statewide gypsy moth population that had been posed for a heavy outbreak across much of the state, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials said today.

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Tioga State Forest District (5/21/14)
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Christopher S. Gastrock as manager of the Tioga State Forest District, based in Tioga County.

DCNR and Partners Unveil Get Outdoors PA to Connect Citizens with Close-to-Home Recreation Events (5/6/14)
Thousands of guided outdoor recreation events this year – from after work hikes to family fishing programs to night-time paddles – will connect people to enriching outdoor experiences through the newly expanded Get Outdoors PA program, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced today.

DCNR Seeking Information in Bedford County Wildfire (4/28/14)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is seeking the public’s help in the probe of a sprawling Bedford County wildfire last week that investigators have labeled arson.

DCNR Launches Kids in Nature to Engage Children in Learning About Natural Resources, Playing Outdoors (4/22/14)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti at Nescopeck State Park today unveiled Kids in Nature, renewing a focus on getting Pennsylvania’s families to spend more time enjoying the outdoors.

Governor Corbett Issues Proclamation Celebrating April 22, 2014, as “Earth Day” (4/22/14)
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today issued a proclamation recognizing April 22, 2014 as “Earth Day” in Pennsylvania. This year’s celebration marks the 44th anniversary of the first Earth Day, a movement which elevated the nation’s consciousness and awareness of environmental stewardship and civic duty.

DCNR Releases First Report on Monitoring the Impacts of Shale Gas Development on State Forest Lands (4/16/14)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti today announced the release of the department’s first Shale Gas Monitoring Report that outlines its efforts to track, detect and report on the impacts of gas development on Pennsylvania’s state forest lands.

DCNR Warns Anglers, Others of High Woodland Fire Danger (4/11/14)
Pennsylvania’s statewide trout season begins on April 12, prompting the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to urge anglers and other woodland visitors to take steps to prevent wildfires.

Enhance Penn’s Woods Initiative Results in 3,000 Acre Addition to Lackawanna State Forest (4/4/14)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti today announced that the department will add more than 3,000 acres to Lackawanna State Forest with the acquisition of the Mocanaqua tract in Conyngham, Newport and Slocum townships, Luzerne County.

DCNR Gauging Past Frigid Winter’s Effect on Forest Insect Pests (3/21/14)
Harrisburg – The past winter of seemingly unending snowstorms and frigid temperatures has proved to be a strong ally for state woodland managers battling the No. 1 enemy of Pennsylvania hemlocks, but the reprieve could be short-lived, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials said today

DCNR’s Wild Resource Conservation Program Helps Fund Groundbreaking Study of Snowy Owls (3/18/14)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti today announced that DCNR’s Wild Resource Conservation Program is funding a transmitter to help better understand the southerly movement of snowy owls.

Governor Corbett Declares March 16-22 Wildfire Prevention Week (3/13/14)
Harrisburg - Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed March 16-22 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 (3/12/14)
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 Names Manager at Reeds Gap State Park Complex (3/7/14)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Tracy Zupich manager of the Reeds Gap State Park complex in Mifflin and Centre counties.

Statewide Workshops Planned to Target Invasive Emerald Ash Borer (2/26/14)
Harrisburg – Methods to combat an invasive insect pest proving deadly to Pennsylvania’s ash trees will be showcased in the coming months in a series of free, public workshops planned across the state, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced today.

DCNR Adds Winter Activity Information to Its Interactive Online Map (2/19/14)
Harrisburg – If winter weather has you wanting to strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis, or try ice fishing for the first time, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is unveiling a new online service that points you to the right place -- at the right time.

DCNR Designates Gordon Natural Area a Wild Plant Sanctuary (2/6/14)
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced the designation of a new Wild Plant Sanctuary in Chester County.

Governor Corbett Unveils More Than $200 Million Investment to Improve State Parks, Forests; Unveils Pennsylvania Outdoor Adventure Guide (2/1/14)
Governor Tom Corbett today offered a preview of his 2014-15 budget proposal with an announcement that he is launching Enhance Penn’s Woods, a 2-year, more than $200 million effort to repair and upgrade our natural treasures.

Independent Review Hails Management of Pennsylvania’s State Forests (1/28/14)
Harrisburg - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti 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 Invites Students to Apply for Summer Environmental Careers Camp (1/24/14)
Harrisburg – 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 Ellen Ferretti said today.

Visit DCNR at Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg to Learn About Outdoor Activities in State Parks and Forests (1/7/14)
Visitors to the Pennsylvania Farm Show can learn about opportunities to be active in state parks and forests this week by stopping by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources exhibit in the Main Hall of the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Delaware State Forest District (12/23/13)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Timothy R. Dugan as manager of the Delaware State Forest District, Monroe County.

DCNR Offers Holiday Gift Ideas that Support State Parks, Forests (12/12/13)
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has several holiday gift-giving ideas that are perfect for those who want to protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources and enjoy state parks and forests.

(12/11/13)
Harrisburg – The calendar may say winter is 10 days away, but Pennsylvania’s state forest and park systems again are rolling out the welcome mat for visitors intent on enjoying cold-weather outdoor fun.

Pa. State Parks, Forests Offer Visitors a Winter Playground (12/11/13)
Harrisburg – The calendar may say winter is 10 days away, but Pennsylvania’s state forest and park systems again are rolling out the welcome mat for visitors intent on enjoying cold-weather outdoor fun.

DCNR Acquires 486-acre Tract for Addition to Delaware State Forest (12/2/13)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials today hailed acquisition of the 486-acre former Rock Hill Scout Camp in Pike County that will boost size of the Delaware State Forest to more than 85,000 acres.

State Forest Districts Opening Additional Roads to Hunters (11/27/13)
Harrisburg - When a new season begins Monday for Pennsylvania deer hunters, new hunting grounds will be available to them through additional state forest roads in 18 of the 20 state forest districts.

DCNR Celebrates Acquisition of Additional Watershed Lands in Lackawanna County (11/21/13)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials today announced that the department has received the deed for about 825 acres of prime watershed and forestland in Lackawanna County to add to the state forest system.

TreeVitalize Joins Journey Through Hallowed Ground Living Legacy Project with Tree Plantings at Historic Gettysburg Orchard (11/19/13)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti today participated in a ceremony dedicating 168 trees on the Bliss Farm in Gettysburg as part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Living Legacy Project.

DCNR Rules Out Gunter Valley Dam Rehabilitation in Franklin County (11/12/13)
Harrisburg – Advanced deterioration and escalating rehabilitation costs will force breaching of the dam that once formed Gunter Valley Reservoir in Franklin County, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced today.

DCNR Encourages Pennsylvanians to Enjoy State Parks and Forests on Veterans Day Holiday Weekend (11/6/13)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti today invited Pennsylvanians to enjoy the 2.5 million acres of state park and forest lands available for outdoor enjoyment on the upcoming extended Veterans Day holiday weekend.

Governor Corbett Promotes Tourism with Visit to Elk Country Visitor Center in Pennsylvania Wilds (10/11/13)
Governor Tom Corbett visited the Elk Country Visitor Center in Elk County last night to highlight the Pennsylvania Wilds as a top destination for travelers and mark 100 years since elk were reintroduced into the region.

Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests Open During Federal Government Shutdown (10/2/13)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti today reminded Pennsylvanians that state parks and forests are open for business as usual, although national parks are closed because of the federal government shutdown.

Weiser State Forest Opens New Office and Welcomes New District Forester (10/1/13)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Forest District 18 office is now open at the new Weiser Resource Management Center in Aristes, Columbia County.

Additional State Forest Roads Opening for Hunting Seasons (9/30/13)
Harrisburg – Hunters heading into Pennsylvania’s state-owned woodlands this season will find additional roads open in 18 of the 20 state forest districts, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today.

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Rothrock State Forest District (9/20/13)
Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Mark C. Potter as district forester of the Rothrock State Forest District in central Pennsylvania.

Sproul State Forest ATV Trail Closing Amid Mine Reclamation Project (9/5/13)
Harrisburg - The start of a large-scale, abandoned mine reclamation project in Sproul State Forest will necessitate closing the entire Whiskey Springs ATV Trail, effective at sundown Sunday, Sept. 8, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials announced today.

DEP Awards $12.2 Million Mine Reclamation Contract in Clinton County (9/3/13)
Williamsport – The Department of Environmental Protection today announced it has awarded a $12,181,873 contract for the Huling Branch abandoned mine reclamation project on Sproul State Forest property in Leidy and Noyes townships, Clinton County.

DCNR Offers Public Online Survey on State Forest Management (8/26/13)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti today invited the public to take an online survey to inform the Bureau of Forestry as it prepares an update to the State Forest Resource Management Plan.

Bureau of Forestry Announces Funding for Rural Firefighters (8/15/13)
Harrisburg - More than $505,000 in grants were recently awarded to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today.

Ginseng Harvesters Reminded of Shortened Season in Pa. Woodlands (7/30/13)
Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry is advising Pennsylvanians involved in the harvest of American ginseng root that the season has been shortened and now will begin Sept. 1.

DCNR Meets with Stakeholders to Discuss Drilling Rights in Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County (7/25/13)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources staff today met with representatives of several statewide organizations at their request to discuss DCNR’s role in protecting the natural and recreational resources in the Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County, where it does not own the subsurface rights.

‘Prowl the Sproul’ State Forest Hiking Activities Set for July 19-21 (7/15/13)
Harrisburg - Hikers and other visitors are invited to sample the rugged beauty of the Sproul State Forest when the three-day “Prowl the Sproul” series of hikes begins on Friday, July 19.

State Agencies Issue Alert to Contain Invasive Species in Lycoming County (7/11/13)
Harrisburg – After confirming the presence of the invasive aquatic algae known as didymo, or “rock snot,” in Pine Creek, Lycoming County, anglers and boaters are reminded that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters.

Timbering Operation Planned at Reeds Gap State Park (6/24/13)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today announced an 8-acre tract of hemlock trees beset by disease and insect damage at Reeds Gap State Park is targeted for removal to facilitate forest regeneration in a section of the Mifflin County woodlands.

Additional Hunting Opportunities in State Parks, Forests Now Available through Deer Management Assistance Program (6/19/13)
Harrisburg – Deer hunters now can apply for permits affording more hunting opportunities in state forestlands and state parks through the Game Commission’s Deer Management Assistance Program, or DMAP.

DCNR to Hold Public Meeting June 3 on Possible Gas Development in Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County (5/22/13)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today announced that the department will hold a public meeting on Marcellus Shale issues in the Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 3 at Lycoming College in Williamsport.

Pennsylvania’s Hiking Week Showcasing State’s Trails, Walkways (5/22/13)
Harrisburg - Hikers once again will be picking their pace and path through Pennsylvania’s bountiful outdoors when Hiking Week 2013 begins on Saturday, May 25, offering participants a variety of organized hikes across the state.

DCNR Web Map to Chart Progress of Gypsy Moth Aerial Spraying (5/15/13)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has developed an interactive, web-based map enabling users to track progress of gypsy moth spraying operations across the state.

Governor Corbett Visits Flight 93 Memorial, Donates Trees to Honor Fallen Passengers (4/23/13)
Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett today visited the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County to honor the sacrifice of the passengers and crew by presenting donated trees for the site.

DCNR to Participate in Web-based Information Session on Possible Gas Development in Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County (4/19/13)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials will participate in a free, web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Marcellus Shale issues in the Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County, on Thursday, April 25.

Corbett Administration Announces Statewide Expansion of TreeVitalize Program (4/15/13)
Harrisburg - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today announced that the administration is expanding TreeVitalize, a popular and successful community tree-planting and education program.

Insect Threat to Hemlock Trees Discovered in Western Pa. State Parks (4/8/13)
Harrisburg – A non-native, invasive insect that attacks and kills Eastern hemlock trees has advanced westward across Pennsylvania to Clarion and Jefferson counties where infestations have been confirmed in two state parks.

Governor Corbett Declares March 17-23 Wildfire Prevention Week (3/14/13)
Harrisburg - Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed March 17-23 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Pennsylvania, noting warming temperatures and drying March winds have combined to increase fire dangers across Pennsylvania’s forests and brush lands.

DCNR to Resume Spraying Woodlands to Combat Gypsy Moth Damage (3/7/13)
Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will target eight counties in an aerial spraying effort to combat the effects of growing gypsy moth populations in northwest and north central Pennsylvania.

DCNR Announces Funding to Help Volunteer Firefighters (2/26/13)
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 Announces Statewide Conference for Private Forestland Owners (2/8/13)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will co-sponsor a two-day conference for landowners focused on conserving and managing privately owned woodlands.

DCNR Invites Students to Apply for Summer Environmental Careers Camp (2/7/13)
Harrisburg – 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.

Independent Review Hails Management of Pennsylvania’s State Forests (1/22/13)
Harrisburg – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today released results of an independent review team’s annual study of state forestlands, noting its findings again affirm Bureau of Forestry efforts to conserve these resources through sound management.

DCNR Acquires 207 Acres for Addition to Lackawanna State Forest (1/11/13)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today announced acquisition of 207 acres in Luzerne County that serve as an important buffer to Lackawanna State Forest and have long been popular with hunters, hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts.

Pa. State Parks, Forests Offer Visitors a Winter Playground (12/28/12)
Harrisburg - Pennsylvania’s state forest and park systems again are rolling out the welcome mat for winter visitors intent on enjoying cold-weather outdoor fun.

DCNR Offers Holiday Gift Ideas that Support State Parks, Forests (12/5/12)
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has several holiday gift-giving ideas that are perfect for those who want to protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources and enjoy state parks and forests.

Additional State Forest Roads Opened for Deer Hunting Season (11/21/12)
Harrisburg - More accessible areas and expanded hunting opportunities await hunters when they head into state forestlands for Monday’s start of the traditional two-week white-tailed deer season.

DCNR Renames Tuscarora Forest Tract in Honor of Late State Forester (11/14/12)
Thompsontown Station - The Tuscarora State Forest Wild Area in Juniata County was renamed today in honor of the late James C. Nelson, Pennsylvania state forester from 1989 to 1994.

DCNR Environmental Education Video Garners Emmy Honors (10/16/12)
Harrisburg – A Wild Resource Conservation Program video was recently honored with an Emmy award by the regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

DCNR Invites Public to View New Exhibits During Open House at Tiadaghton Resource Management Center (10/10/12)
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Tiadaghton Resource Management Center in Waterville, Lycoming County.

Additional State Forest Roads Opening for Hunting Seasons (9/28/12)
Harrisburg – Hunters heading into Pennsylvania’s state-owned woodlands this season will find additional roads open in 18 of the 20 state forest districts, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today.

DCNR Unveils New Exhibits at Tiadaghton Center to Help Visitors Understand the Forests, Ecology, History and Management of the Pine Creek Valley (9/21/12)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today toured the 1,200-square feet of new exhibits during an open house at the Tiadaghton Resource Management Center in Waterville, Lycoming County.

New DCNR Mobile Website Connects On-the-Go Users with the Outdoors (8/10/12)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ newly launched mobile website makes it easier for users of smartphones and tablet devices to connect with Pennsylvania’s natural world while on-the-go. The new mobile site is found at http://m.dcnr.state.pa.us. “

DCNR Bureau of Forestry Announces Funding for Rural Firefighters (8/6/12)
Harrisburg – More than $540,000 in grants will be awarded to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard J. Allan announced today.

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Six More Counties; Public Urged Not to Transport Firewood (8/3/12)
Emerald Ash Borer beetle has been discovered in Bucks, Franklin, Jefferson, Perry, Snyder and Venango counties. With these new finds, 28 counties are now dealing with the invasive ash tree-killing pest.

‘Prowl the Sproul’ State Forest Hiking Activities Set for July 20-22 (7/13/12)
Hikers and other visitors are invited to again sample the rugged beauty of the Sproul State Forest when the three-day “Prowl the Sproul” series of hikes steps off Friday, July 20.

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Canoe Creek State Park Complex (7/9/12)
Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Andrew St. John as manager of the Canoe Creek State Park Complex, based in Blair County. He had been assigned as manager of the Susquehannock State Park Complex, headquartered in Lancaster County.

DCNR Reorganizes Ecological Services and Conservation Science to Enhance Program Effectiveness, Results (7/5/12)
To cement the Bureau of Forestry’s position as a leader in science- and ecological-based land management, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry Ellen Ferretti today announced that the Office of Conservation Science will be integrated into a newly created division within the Bureau of Forestry.

DCNR Names New Manager at Little Pine State Park (6/28/12)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Michael Dinsmore as manager of Little Pine State Park Complex, based in Lycoming County. He had been assigned as an assistant manager at Hickory Run State Park Complex in Luzerne and Carbon counties.

DCNR Names New Manager at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center (6/27/12)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Robert Neitz as manager of the Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center in Wind Gap, Northampton County. He had been assigned as a Bureau of State Park’s regional environmental education coordinator for Region 4, based in Perkasie, Bucks County.

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Colonel Denning State Park Complex (6/26/12)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Heather Bollinger as manager of the Colonel Denning State Park Complex based in Cumberland County. She had been assigned as a park manager in the Bureau of State Parks’ Harrisburg headquarters.

DCNR: Grants Available to Preserve, Promote Natural, Cultural Assets in the Poconos Region (6/21/12)
Harrisburg – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today announced the Pocono Forest and Waters Conservation Landscape Conservation Assistance Program has mini-grants available for communities and organizations to protect and promote natural and cultural assets in the northeastern region of the state.

Stonycreek Celebration Highlights ‘PA Rivers Month’ Activities (6/14/12)
Harrisburg – Fun on the Stonycreek River – from a canoe and kayak sojourn slicing though white water to leisurely tube floats – is expected to draw hundreds of paddlers, campers and other outdoors enthusiasts to a waterway where wild and scenic beauty earned it Pennsylvania River of the Year honors for 2012.

DCNR Announces Grants Available for Protecting Non-Game Species (6/12/12)
Harrisburg – Marking its 30th anniversary of safeguarding Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants and their habitat, the Wild Resource Conservation Program again is accepting applications for grants to protect the state’s native biodiversity.

State Agencies Issue Alert to Contain Invasive Species in Youghiogheny (6/11/12)
Harrisburg – With the recent confirmation of the invasive aquatic alga known as didymo, or “rock snot,” in the Youghiogheny River, Fayette County, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are reminding anglers and boaters that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters.

DCNR Forests, Parks Participate in Deer Management Assistance Program (6/7/12)
Harrisburg - State forestlands and state parks again will participate in a program that offers white-tailed deer hunters expanded hunting opportunities across Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan announced today.

Pennsylvania State Parks, Forests Roll Out Welcome Mat for Summer Visitors (5/24/12)
Pennsylvania’s forest and park system offers a wide range of ways for visitors to enjoy spending time outdoors during the summer, according to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

DCNR Dedicates New Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Bridge (5/24/12)
Jefferson Township, Somerset County – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and other state officials today joined to dedicate the new Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset County. The span is used by up to 100,000 hikers, snowmobilers, equestrians and other visitors each year.

Hiking Week to Showcase Pennsylvania’s Trails, Walkways (5/22/12)
Harrisburg - Hikers will be picking their pace and path through Pennsylvania's bountiful outdoors when Hiking Week 2012 steps off Saturday, May 26, offering participants a variety of organized hikes across the state.

DCNR Hosting Extensive Scientific Inventory at Kings Gap State Park (5/16/12)
HARRISBURG – Scientists, naturalists and volunteers from across the state will converge on Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, Cumberland County, in an extensive effort to document life forms June 2-3, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan announced today.

DCNR to Begin Implementing Recommendations of Task Force on Target Range in Michaux State Forest in Franklin County (5/1/12)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today announced that the department will move forward on the recommendations of a task force of stakeholders to improve and reopen for a three-year period a public shooting range on the Michaux State Forest in Franklin County.

Greenwood Furnace State Park Workshop Targets Emerald Ash Borer (5/1/12)
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be pooling its varied expertise Wednesday in a workshop targeting the emerald ash borer at Greenwood Furnace State Park in the Huntingdon County, where the invasive insect is endangering more than 100 ash trees.

West Chester Arbor Day Event to Target Invasive Emerald Ash Borer (4/25/12)
Methods to combat an invasive beetle proving deadly to Pennsylvania’s ash trees will be showcased April 27 at an Arbor Day celebration at West Chester’s Hoopes Park, where no less than 75 stately ash trees grace the grounds.

DCNR, TreeVitalize to Assist with Tree Plantings at Flight 93 Memorial (4/19/12)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today announced that DCNR and TreeVitalize will be assisting with a large tree planting effort over the next two weekends at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County.

DCNR Warns Anglers, Others of High Woodland Fire Danger (4/12/12)
Pennsylvania’s statewide trout season begins on April 14, prompting the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to urge anglers and other woodland visitors to take steps to prevent wildfires.

DCNR to Designate Lehigh County School Tract as Wild Plant Sanctuary (4/5/12)
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will designate property within the Whitehall-Coplay School District campus, Lehigh County, as a Pennsylvania Wild Plant Sanctuary, Secretary Richard Allan announced today.

Independent Review Hails State Forest Management (3/27/12)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today applauded results of an independent review team's study of state forestlands, noting its findings affirm the state's efforts to conserve these resources and ensure their long-term health through sound management.

Governor Corbett Proclaims March 18-24 Wildfire Prevention Week (3/15/12)
Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed March 18-24 Wildfire Prevention Week in Pennsylvania, noting a relatively warm and dry winter has greatly increased the risk of spring wildfires in much of the state.