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2012-07-05 10:22:13

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. Effective immediately, the new Division of Conservation Science and Ecological Resources...

2012-04-25 10:21:25

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. "For the past 23 years, West Chester's dedication to trees has earned it an annual Arbor Day Tree City U.S.A. Award," said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan....

2012-04-12 06:22:35

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --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. "We ask trout anglers and other visitors to be extremely careful because fire danger ranges from high to very high across much of the state," DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said. "One act of carelessness could prove disastrous among...

2012-03-15 15:32:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. "Warm, sunny days and drying March winds can cause wildfire dangers to spike almost overnight," Corbett said. "Last spring, wet, cool weather proved to be firefighters' strongest ally, helping curb brush and woodlands fires that...

2011-12-13 12:33:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named John Hecker as manager of the Moshannon State Forest District based in Clearfield County. He formerly headed silviculture and timber management at the Bureau of Forestry's headquarters in Harrisburg. "John brings a wealth of technical and administrative skills to his new post after having served most admirably in a variety of prior forestry positions," said Bureau of...

2011-10-25 11:48:00

HARRISBURG, Pa. Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The state Bureau of Forestry has scheduled a Nov. 1 public meeting to seek input on the future of a target shooting range that operated for six years in Michaux State Forest before it was closed in June 2010. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Buchanan Valley Fire Hall on Route 234, three miles north of Route 30 in Adams County. Written comment also will be accepted through Nov. 15 by the bureau as it decides the...

2011-03-15 09:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the approach of spring and the increased risk of forest and brush fires across the state, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today announced federal grants are available to help Pennsylvania's rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas. "Warming temperatures, sunny days and strong winds quickly usher in wildfire dangers that emphasize the need to...

2011-03-10 11:55:00

Despite Recent Rain, Very Dry Conditions Can Appear Almost Overnight HARRISBURG, Pa., March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed March 13-19 Wildfire Prevention Week in Pennsylvania, noting that rapidly-changing weather can quickly create tinderbox conditions despite recent rain. "Even after periods of heavy rain, warming temperatures and drying winds can cause wildfire dangers to spike almost overnight," Corbett said. "There were more than 360 brush...

2010-08-09 10:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's ongoing efforts to control destructive forest pests and invasive vegetation in state forests and parks received an infusion of needed funds - and a strong vote of confidence -- through the recent approval of more than $350,000 in federal grants, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today. Five USDA Forest Service grants totaling $353,500 are earmarked for DCNR's bureaus of forestry and state parks...

2010-03-09 09:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As spring nears and woodlands begin to dry out, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today announced that nearly $667,000 in grants is available to help Pennsylvania's rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas. "Although some areas may still have some snow on the ground, changing weather conditions can quickly usher in wildfire dangers that emphasize the...