Bureau of Forestry News


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.