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2014-07-10 16:21:59

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. "As part of our Kids in Nature program, we will be offering contests designed to draw families to Pennsylvania's state parks and state forestlands," Ferretti said. "Running simultaneously over the next several...

2014-05-23 16:21:36

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today issued an executive order prohibiting leasing for natural gas development in Pennsylvania's state parks and forests that would result in additional long-term surface disturbance. The order supports the governor's budget proposal to generate $75 million to help meet critical priorities. Limited leasing will allow natural gas to be extracted from deep beneath the surface only when there will be no additional...

2014-05-23 12:21:53

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. "Pennsylvania Hiking Week is a great time to explore the commonwealth's numerous hiking trails," said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti. "Whether you like to hike alone or with a group, spring...

2014-05-22 12:23:03

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. "Heavy defoliation in some areas last spring left our forest pest management experts bracing for increased statewide spraying...

2014-05-20 12:23:45

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. It has awarded more than 1,800 grants in support of research, conservation and education projects across Pennsylvania. Grant applications will be...

2014-05-06 12:23:45

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. Beginning this weekend, several partners will be holding "GO" Days on weekends in May and June across the state...

2014-04-30 12:24:39

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti today encouraged Pennsylvanians to share what they like to do outdoors in a 5-minute, online survey that will assist with planning. DCNR is working with experts across the state to develop the next Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (2014-18), which will help to guide future recreation investments, policies and facilities. "Five years...

2014-04-22 12:23:59

DRUMS, Pa., April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. To celebrate Earth Day, Ferretti spent an hour talking with the 8th grade students from the Hazleton Area School District attending a full-day program at the park about protecting watersheds. "Well-documented...

2014-04-16 12:23:24

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. The 265-page document is available on the DCNR website at www.dcnr.state.pa.us, choose "Forestry" under "Quick Links" and then "Shale Gas Monitoring...

2014-04-11 16:20:30

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. "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 Ellen Ferretti said. "One act of carelessness could prove disastrous among...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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