Wildlife/Outdoors

DCNR to host grant application workshop

BY: - October 11, 2022

DCNR is accepting applications for its Community Conservation Grant Program through Oct. 27 with a new round of grants available to applicants beginning on January, 17, 2023. 

DCNR launches Pa. fall foliage report

BY: - September 29, 2022

On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources launched its annual fall foliage report, giving tourists - and residents - the ability to track changing foliage across the commonwealth and find the best spots for viewing the colorful leaves.

Wolf admin announces location for three new state parks

BY: - September 27, 2022

The Wolf administration announced in July that there would be three additions to the commonwealth’s state park system, bringing the total number of state parks from 121 to 124, but at the time, details about the locations of the parks were not yet public. 

Study: Drilling wastewater on Pa. roads dangerous to human health, environment

BY: - August 5, 2022

The state Department of Environmental Protection has not yet acted based on those findings but said that the study’s impact will be “immediate, large and intense.”

Pa. will add 3 new parks to state park system, Wolf admin. says

BY: - July 13, 2022

Gov. Tom Wolf made the announcement in a Tweet on Tuesday that the commonwealth will make its first addition to the commonwealth’s state park system since 2005, bringing the total number of state parks in Pennsylvania to 124. 

An acid mine drainage treatment system on Nanticoke Creek in Luzerne County, PA. New federal funding will allow more streams tainted by acid mine drainage to be restored. (PA Department of Environmental Protection photo)

State budget will give environmental efforts a funding boost, advocates, lawmakers say

BY: - July 12, 2022

The spending plan that the Republican-controlled General Assembly approved last week includes a $535,000 increase to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, $100 million to support the rehabilitation, repair, and development of parks and forest areas, and a $5 million increase to the Conservation District Fund, as well as $220 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to establish a clean streams fund.

To protect wildlife, SWPa lawmaker wants to take the air out of mass balloon releases

BY: - June 4, 2022

Violators could be hit with fines up to $100, according to the bill's sponsor, Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Fayette, who says he's pursuing the legislation to protect the commonwealth's wildlife and livestock.

Study: Outdoor recreation spending in Pa. sees a boost in 2020 | The Numbers Racket

BY: - May 2, 2022

The study, which was conducted by Southwick Associates for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a national hunting, fishing, and conservation nonprofit, also found that statewide outdoor recreation spending totaled $58 billion in 2020. 

On Earth Day, volunteers gather at Flight 93 Memorial to renew the earth — and to remember

BY: - April 23, 2022

'It’s like coming home,' said Ken Nacke, of Baltimore, whose brother was a passenger on Flight 93.

Capital-Star Q+A: Nathan Reigner, Pa.’s first Director of Outdoor Recreation

BY: - April 17, 2022

To learn more about him, the role, and the future of outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania, the Capital-Star joined Reigner on a hike in Weiser State Forest in northeastern Dauphin County.

POLL: Pennsylvanians support funding hike for parks, forests

BY: - April 15, 2022

The poll, commissioned by the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research between Feb. 21-27, 2022, surveyed 701 registered Pennsylvania voters across eight geographical areas statewide. The poll had a margin of error of +/-3.7 percentage points.

Ag officials urge residents to trap invasive Spotted Lanternflies | Five for the Weekend

BY: - April 9, 2022

That's the approach Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture officials highlighted this week on a visit to the the Indiana County Conservation District where state officials and researchers demonstrated how to use a circle trap to eliminate large numbers of spotted lanternflies without harming beneficial pollinators or small animals.