Wildlife/Outdoors

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.

The Clean Water Act at 50: A closer look at Pa.’s waterways | The Numbers Racket

BY: - April 4, 2022

In Pennsylvania, the Department of Environmental Protection oversees the enforcement of the federal CWA for waterways in the commonwealth, which includes approximately 85,500 miles of rivers and streams, according to the department. 

DEP encourages Pennsylvanians to join local litter cleanup efforts | Five for the Weekend

BY: - March 26, 2022

The department reports that there are already 290 events registered this year on the Pick Up Pennsylvania website with approximately 21,000 volunteers. 

11 more counties added to Spotted Lanternfly quarantine

BY: - March 25, 2022

The addition of Adams, Armstrong, Bedford, Centre, Fulton, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Snyder, Union, and Washington counties brings 45 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties into the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine.

COMMENTARY

Federal relief funds ‘critical’ to state park repair needs, DCNR says | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 25, 2022

In a visit to Westmoreland County's Keystone State Park earlier this week, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn continued her call for funds to address infrastructure needs across Pennsylvania's state park system.

DCNR, Bureau of Forestry urges caution as seasonal risk of wildfires increases

BY: - March 22, 2022

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) warned residents on Tuesday that the spring months of March, April and May presented a heightened risk of wildfires across the commonwealth. 

Deep in Bedford Co., Pa. protects its 19th old-growth forest

BY: - March 16, 2022

The area, which covers more than 1,500 acres in Sweet Root Natural Area near Chaneysville in Bedford County, was recognized this week as the commonwealth’s newest, old-growth forest.