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Latest Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Stories

2013-03-07 12:23:23

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. The gypsy moth is one of the most destructive forest pests in Pennsylvania. When the insect's population peaks, it may strip trees of foliage, leaving them weakened and susceptible to disease, drought and attack by other...

2013-03-05 12:24:16

GROVE TOWNSHIP, Pa., March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) today announced that it plans to temporarily elevate the lake level behind the George B. Stevenson Dam at Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron County to collect data needed for a rehabilitation project for the dam. "If weather and spring snow melt conditions don't cooperate, we will decrease the volume normally released from the dam to raise the lake levels an additional...

2013-02-26 12:22:25

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. "Warming temperatures, sunny days and strong winds usher in wildfire dangers that emphasize the value of having well-trained and well-equipped local firefighting forces in rural...

2013-02-08 12:21:14

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will co-sponsor a two-day conference for landowners focused on conserving and managing privately owned woodlands. The "2013 Private Forest Landowner Conference: the Future of Penn's Woods," will be held May 10-11 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona. "Past regional and local private forestland conferences have targeted primarily private forest landowners, both industrial...

2013-02-07 12:23:04

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. The Exploring Careers Outdoors Camp, or ECO Camp, will introduce 20 to 25 students in grades 10-12 to conservation and environmental careers. "ECO Camp has become one of DCNR's strongest success stories since its beginning 11 years ago," DCNR Secretary...

2013-02-01 12:21:27

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Monongahela River, flowing through Green, Fayette, Washington, Westmoreland and Allegheny counties, has been named Pennsylvania's 2013 River of the Year following public, online voting across the state. For the third year in a row, public voting determined the selection from among six candidates for River of the Year honors. Among 25,450 ballots cast, the Monongahela River received 8,156 votes. "Like so many of our great state...

2013-01-22 12:22:46

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) released the results of an independent review team's annual study of state forestlands today, affirming the state's efforts to conserve resources through sound management. "The auditors were very pleased with our forest management and our staff's dedication, and I extend thanks to each of the districts involved in this year's audit for another job well done," DCNR Secretary...

2013-01-15 16:21:33

HARRISBURG Pa., Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) today announced the 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. Purchased from Earth Conservancy, the land will be deeded to DCNR's Bureau of Forestry, and boost the size of Lackawanna State Forest to almost 30,000 acres. "This timely,...

2012-12-18 16:20:55

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The public is invited to again vote online for the 2013 Pennsylvania River of the Year, choosing from among six waterways nominated across the state. The rivers nominated are: Juniata River and Swatara Creek in south central Pennsylvania; Kiskiminetas and Monongahela rivers in the southwest; Lackawanna River in the northeast; and Schuylkill River in the southeast. "Individually, each of these waterways showcases unique natural...

2012-12-05 12:21:26

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania 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. Holiday gift-givers can support Pennsylvania's 120 state parks by purchasing the 2013 special edition state park calendar that commemorates the 80(th) anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps. It...