News for State Parks


Enhance Penn’s Woods Initiative Adds Full Service Campsites at Shawnee State Park (10/29/14)


Enhance Penn’s Woods Initiative Results in Water Line Replacement project at Greenwood Furnace State Park (10/23/14)


DCNR Cancels White-Water Release into Buck County's Tohickon Creek (10/16/14)
Harrisburg – Ongoing bridge construction, coupled with a depleted water source, will require the cancellation of a white-water release planned early next month from Lake Nockamixon into the Tohickon Creek in Bucks County, Bureau of State Parks Director Dave Kemmerer announced today.

Shooting Range at Little Pine State Park in Lycoming County reopens Following Cleanup, Improvements (10/8/14)


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.

Little Buffalo State Park Building Dedication Honors Past Parks Director (9/29/14)
Newport, Perry County - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti recently joined Bureau of State Parks officials in recognizing the accomplishments of former Bureau Director Roger Fickes in the dedication of the Roger Fickes Park Office and Visitor Center at Little Buffalo State Park, near Newport, Perry County.

DCNR, Partners Celebrate Dedication of Chester County Trail Segment (9/25/14)
Exton, Chester County - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti today joined Chester County officials in celebrating completion of a key segment of the Chester Valley Trail in West Whiteland Township, Chester County.

Pinnacle Overlook in Lancaster County now Included in Pennsylvania State Park System (9/22/14)


Dam Control Tower Replacement to Require Lake Jean Drawdown at Ricketts Glen State Park (8/26/14)
Harrisburg – A gradual, complete drawdown of the 245-acre lake at Ricketts Glen State Park in Northeastern Pennsylvania will be required to permit replacement of a deteriorating dam control tower, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials announced today.

DCNR, Partners Break Ground for Kinzua Bridge State Park Office/Visitor Center in McKean County (8/21/14)


DEP, DCNR to Hold Public Meeting, Hearing on Philipsburg Rod and Gun Club Trap Shooting Range in Centre County (8/18/14)


DCNR Announces Contract for Kinzua Bridge State Park Office/Visitor Center (7/31/14)


Lt. Gov. Joins DCNR to Announce Long-Term Agreement for Public/Private Partnership for Lighthouse at Presque Isle State Park (7/25/14)


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.

DCNR Names New Manager at Frances Slocum State Park (7/8/14)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Brian Taylor manager of Frances Slocum State Park in Luzerne County.

DCNR Names New Manager at Yellow Creek State Park (6/23/14)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named James H. Tweardy manager of Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County.

State, Civic Leaders Dedicate Benjamin Rush State Park Improvements (6/12/14)
Philadelphia – Department of Conservation and Natural Resource Secretary Ellen Ferretti today joined other state officials and civic representatives in celebrating completion of a $4.7 million improvement project at Benjamin Rush State Park in Northeast Philadelphia

New Visitor Center for Delaware Canal State Park Planned in New Hope, Bucks County (6/10/14)


DCNR to Hold Open House to Plan Exhibits for Kinzua Bridge State Park Office/Visitor Center (5/28/14)


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, Volunteers Install Floating Islands at Marsh Creek State Park (5/15/14)


DCNR Names New Manager at Pine Grove Furnace State Park (5/12/14)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Sean Benson manager of Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland 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 Joins in Bedford County Rail-Trail Groundbreaking (4/24/14)
Broad Top Township, Bedford County - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti today joined state and local officials in celebrating the groundbreaking for a 2-mile stretch of the Huntingdon & Broad Top Rail Trail in Broad Top and Hopewell townships, Bedford County.

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.

Lackawanna State Park Swimming Pool to be Closed During 2014 Season for Construction of New Facility (4/15/14)


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

Three State Parks Benefiting From Macy’s Promotion (3/19/14)
Harrisburg – Shoppers can benefit three state parks in southeastern Pennsylvania through a donation effort being held this month by Macy’s department stores and the National Recreation and Park Association, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced today.

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 Names New Manager at Ohiopyle State Park (3/12/14)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Kenneth E. Bisbee manager of Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County.

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.

DCNR Cancels White-Water Release Into Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek (3/3/14)
Harrisburg – A white-water release planned later this month from Lake Nockamixon into the Tohickon Creek has been canceled because of bridge work at the Bucks County waterway, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of State Parks Director Dave Kemmerer announced today.

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 Names Manager at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center (2/19/14)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Lisa Miller manager of Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, an increasingly popular Bureau of States Parks’ facility on 665 acres outside Reading, Berks County.

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Promised Land State Park (2/13/14)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Rex Bradish manager of Promised Land State Park in Pike 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.

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.

Sewer System Repairs Require Tree Removal at Little Pine State Park (1/16/14)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today announced that repairs to a storm-damaged, on-site sewage treatment system at Little Pine State Park will require removal of a 7-acre tract of white pine from the park’s Lycoming County woodlands.

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 Beltzville State Park (12/20/13)
Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Devin Buzard manager of Beltzville State Park in Carbon County.

(12/19/13)


State Parks Mark New Year with ‘First Day Hikes’ across Pennsylvania (12/19/13)


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.

Governor Corbett Names Patrick J. Solano Environmental Education Center at Frances Slocum State Park to Recognize Solano’s Leadership, Stewardship (12/6/13)


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 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.

DCNR Appoints Manager at Caledonia State Park Complex (11/5/13)
Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Kelly Klasnick manager of the Caledonia State Park Complex in Franklin County.

Fountain at Pittsburgh’s Point State Park to be Turned Off for Winter (10/28/13)


DCNR Appoints New Manager at Lackawanna State Park (10/22/13)


DCNR Plans White-Water Release into Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek (10/18/13)
Harrisburg – White-water boating enthusiasts will converge on Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek the weekend of Nov. 2-3 when the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources releases water from Lake Nockamixon into the Tohickon Creek.

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.

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 Acting Secretary Asks for Participation in National Public Lands Day (9/25/13)
Harrisburg – Volunteers will have the opportunity to improve state parks by taking part in National Public Lands Day events across Pennsylvania on Saturday, Sept. 28, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced today. “Each year National Public Land

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Greenwood Furnace State Park Complex (9/13/13)


DCNR Appoints New Manager at Susquehannock State Park Complex (9/4/13)
Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Brent M. Erb as manager of the Susquehannock State Park Complex, based in Lancaster County.

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Shikellamy State Park Complex (8/20/13)
Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named John Clifford manager of the Shikellamy State Park Complex in Union, Northumberland and Lycoming counties.

Governor Corbett Concludes Tourism Promotion Trip with Kayak Tour (8/9/13)


DCNR Appoints New Manager at Cook Forest State Park Complex (8/5/13)
Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Ryan Borcz manager of the Cook Forest State Park Complex in Clarion and Jefferson counties.

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Moraine State Park Complex (7/31/13)
Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Dustin Drew manager of the Moraine-McConnells Mills State Park Complex in Butler and Lawrence counties.

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Ricketts Glen State Park (7/26/13)
Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Benjamin Stone manager of Ricketts Glen State Park, a 13,050-acre area in Luzerne, Sullivan and Columbia counties that is home to a spectacular series of waterfalls recognized as a national landmark.

‘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 Invest in Improving Connection Between Great Allegheny Passage and Point State Park (6/14/13)


DCNR and DMVA to Provide Programming for Military Service Members at State Parks (6/13/13)


Governor Corbett to Participate in Ceremony to Return Fountain at Point State Park to Pittsburgh’s Skyline (6/7/13)
Pittsburgh – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett will join the people of Pittsburgh tonight to return the Point State Park fountain to the city skyline, completing a more than six-year, multi-million dollar renovation of the park that hosts more than 3 million visitors annually.

Pennsylvania State Parks Celebrating ‘Great Outdoors Month’ Activities (5/30/13)


Beltzville State Park Prepares for Busy Holiday Weekend (5/22/13)


Special Programs Await Campers at Many Pennsylvania State Parks (5/22/13)
Harrisburg – Both novice and experienced campers will find two promotional programs fueling new interests and activities as the Memorial Day weeke

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.

“Bioblitz” Planned at Sinnemahoning State Park, May 20-21 (5/17/13)
Harrisburg – Scientists, naturalists and volunteers from across the state will gather May 20-21 at Sinnemahoning State Park, Cameron County, in an extensive effort to document the park’s wide variety of life forms.

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.

Pine Grove Furnace State Park Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Activities, Improvements (5/14/13)


DCNR and CONSOL Energy Reach Agreement Related to Duke Lake in Ryerson Station State Park (4/24/13)
Greene County – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) today announced that it has reached a settlement with CONSOL Energy, Inc. to restore Duke Lake at Ryerson Station State Park, as well as add 506 acres to the park.

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.

DCNR Invites Military Families to Visit State Parks and Forests in April (3/28/13)
Harrisburg - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today invited military families with children to take advantage of free activities in state parks and forests during "The Month of the Military Child" in April.

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 to Elevate Lake Level at Sinnemahoning State Park for Data Collection (3/5/13)


DCNR Plans White-Water Release into Tohickon Creek in Bucks County (3/1/13)
Harrisburg - White-water boating enthusiasts will have a chance to test their paddling skills when the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources releases water from Lake Nockamixon into the Tohickon Creek in Bucks County March 16-17.

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.

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.

State Parks Mark New Year with ‘First Day Hikes’ Across Pennsylvania (12/26/12)
Harrisburg - Eighteen of Pennsylvania’s state parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day to help visitors ring in 2013 with healthy exercise and a glimpse of nature’s winter beauty.

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Tobyhanna State Park Complex (12/19/12)
Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Jennifer Naugle manager of Tobyhanna State Park complex, an area encompassing three state parks and more than 9,500 acres of land in Monroe and Wayne counties. “Jennifer honed her administrative

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.

Officials Break Ground for Benjamin Rush State Park Improvements (11/19/12)
Philadelphia – Bureau of State Parks Director David Kemmerer today joined other state and local officials to break ground on a $4.7 million improvement project at Benjamin Rush State Park in northeast Philadelphia.

DCNR Cancels White-Water Release Into Bucks County's Tohickon Creek (10/31/12)
Harrisburg – Hazardous conditions created by Hurricane Sandy have forced the cancellation of a planned white-water release this weekend from Lake Nockamixon into the Tohickon Creek in Bucks County, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today.

DCNR Appoints New Director of the Bureau of State Parks (10/19/12)


Canoe Creek State Park Improvements Require Partial Lake Drainage (10/4/12)
Harrisburg – Canoe Creek State Park’s lake in Blair County is being partially drained to ease construction activities around a park improvement project, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan announced today.

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.

State and Local Officials Break Ground for New $4.8 Million Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center (9/24/12)
Belfast – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Richard Allan, along with other state and local officials, broke ground today on a new $4.8 million project to construct a new Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center in Belfast, Northampton County.

DCNR Dedicates Monument to Civilian Conservation Corps, Improvements at Hyner View State Park in Clinton County (9/21/12)


Presque Isle Named Among Nation’s Top State Parks for Fishing, Boating (8/29/12)
Harrisburg – Anglers and boaters have named Presque Isle State Park among the nation¿s best state parks for fishing and boating in a national competition sponsored by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation.

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Susquehannock State Park Complex (8/29/12)
Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Ryan B. Rager manager of the Susquehannock State Park Complex, based in Lancaster County. He had been assigned as assistant manager of Gifford Pinchot State Park, York County.

DCNR: Explore South Mountain Region for Labor Day Weekend (8/27/12)


Governor Corbett Tours Promised Land State Park; Highlights Importance of Supporting Pennsylvania’s Natural Resources (8/23/12)


Ferry Street Bridge Reopens Over Delaware Canal in New Hope (8/23/12)
New Hope - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and New Hope officials today gathered at the Ferry Street Bridge over the Delaware Canal to celebrate reopening the span to residents and tourists in the historic Bucks County borough, as well as visitors to adjoining Delaware Canal State Park.

DCNR Joins in Opening Celebration at Sunbury River Front Park (8/16/12)
Sunbury – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today celebrated the long-awaited opening of a river-front project in Sunbury, Northumberland County that offers better public access to the Susquehanna River, enhancing recreation and tourism opportunities.

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. “

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.

Annual Archery Deer Hunt Planned at Neshaminy State Park (8/2/12)
An annual deer hunt again will enable archers to hunt in Neshaminy State Park, Bucks County, when Pennsylvania’s statewide archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 29, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) officials announced today.

Camping at a Pennsylvania State Park is a Great Way to Bring Summer to a Close (8/1/12)


Dam Repairs Shorten 2012 Boating Season at Shikellamy State Park (7/31/12)


Governor Corbett Tours Point State Park, Concludes Kayak Tour (7/25/12)
Governor Tom Corbett today toured Point State Park in Pittsburgh, concluding his three-day kayak tour through western Pennsylvania to promote Pennsylvania’s vast natural resources.

Governor Corbett Tours Venango County’s Oil Creek State Park and Drake (7/23/12)
Governor Tom Corbett today visited Oil Creek State Park and the Drake Well Museum during his three-day kayak tour through western Pennsylvania to promote Pennsylvania’s vast natural resources and cultural heritage.

National Environmental Competition Draws Students to Pennsylvania (7/19/12)


DCNR Appoints New Manager at Bendigo State Park Complex (7/18/12)
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Mitchell Stickle as manager of the of the Bendigo State Park Complex, based in Elk County. He had been assigned as manager of Caledonia State Park, Franklin County.

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 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.

Grand Re-opening Scheduled for Pickerel Point, Deerfield Campgrounds at Promised Land State Park in the Poconos (6/27/12)
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will host a grand re-opening event for the Pickerel Point and Deerfield campgrounds at Promised Land State Park in Pike County on Friday, June 29.

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.

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.

Shooting Range at Little Pine State Park in Lycoming County to be Closed for Cleanup (6/6/12)


Three Pennsylvania State Parks to Host ‘Get Outdoors Day’ Events (6/6/12)
Harrisburg – Three state parks across Pennsylvania have been selected to host a series of special events on Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, in a nationwide Get Outdoors Day celebration, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan said 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 Closes Swimming Area at Kooser State Park in Somerset County (5/22/12)


Point State Park Fountain Project Boosted by Mild Winter (5/17/12)


First-Time Campers to Find Special Deal at Many PA State Parks (5/16/12)


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.

Pine Grove Lecture to Kick off South Mountain Speaker Series in Cumberland County (5/14/12)


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.

DCNR Invites Residents, Visitors to Enjoy Recreational Opportunities Along Clarion River Corridor in Pennsylvania Wilds (4/25/12)


DCNR Appoints New Manager at Cowans Gap State Park (4/23/12)
DCNR Appoints New Manager at Cowans Gap State Park Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Ryan Donovan as manager of Cowans Gap State Park in Fulton County. He is former manager of Colonel Denning State Park in Cumberland County.

DCNR Announces Major Expansion of Ibberson Conservation Area (4/18/12)


DCNR Appoints New Manager at Oil Creek State Park (4/12/12)


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 Appoints New Manager at Bald Eagle State Park (4/10/12)
DCNR Appoints New Manager at Bald Eagle State Park Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Michael S. Winters as manager of the 5,900-acre Bald Eagle State Park in Centre County. He is former manager of Little Pine State Park Complex in Lycoming and Clinton counties.

DCNR: Vote for Presque Isle State Park as America’s Best Restored Beach (4/4/12)


State Parks Generate $1 Billion in Local Economic Activity, Support Jobs (3/6/12)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today released a new analysis showing visitors to Pennsylvania’s State Parks generate more than $1 billion in economic activity in nearby communities and support almost 13,000 related jobs.

DCNR Plans White-Water Release Into Tohickon Creek in Bucks County (3/1/12)
White-water boating enthusiasts will have a chance to test their paddling skills in some tricky rapids March 17-18 when the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources releases water from Lake Nockamixon into the Tohickon Creek in Bucks County.

Nature Inn at Bald Eagle Offers Weekend Package to Welcome Spring (2/29/12)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today announced a schedule for spring events at the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle, located in Bald Eagle State Park in Centre County.

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Shawnee-Blue Knob State Park Complex (2/27/12)
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Dorothy Krupa as manager of the Shawnee/Blue Knob State Park Complex in Bedford County. She is former assistant manager of Presque Isle State Park, Erie County.

DCNR Invites Students to Apply for Summer Environmental Careers Camp (1/31/12)
Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 1 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ summer residential camp, DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said today.

Swatara State Park Targeted for Trail Installation, Other Improvements (1/27/12)
A long-awaited construction project that will see trails, parking areas and bridges installed at Swatara State Park in Lebanon and Schuylkill counties is now underway, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said today.

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Bridge Over Turnpike to Open Jan. 28 (1/27/12)
Eagerly awaited by snowmobiling and winter hiking enthusiasts, the new Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Somerset will open Saturday, Jan. 28, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan announced today.

Elk Country Visitor Center Honored for Energy Conservation Achievement (1/25/12)
Pennsylvania’s widely acclaimed Elk Country Visitor Center has earned independent honors for energy efficiency and environmental design, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan announced today.

DCNR Establishing New Advisory Committee on Trails (1/23/12)
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today announced that the department is forming a new Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee to assist the Commonwealth in efforts to build a statewide network of land and water trails.