Federal relief funds ‘critical’ to state park repair needs, DCNR says | Friday Morning Coffee
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
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.
Pa. Budget 2022: DCNR says $638M budget ask will add staff, address aging infrastructure
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn told the Senate Appropriations Committee that her agency would use the funds to address current infrastructure needs, which total more than $1.4 billion, according to the department, and complete other recreation and conservation projects.
DCNR seeks applicants for new public input council
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said in a statement Thursday that it is seeking applicants for its new Next Gen Council, an advisory group that would “inform the agency’s work, advance diversity, equity and inclusion and create lasting change and necessary conditions to ensure all Pennsylvanians feel welcome on public lands.”
The need for fees? DCNR says ‘no’ to visitor fees for infrastructure repair costs
The visit comes a week after Dunn made a stop at Shikellamy State Park in Northumberland and Union counties, which needs $56 million in repairs. All told, Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks need a total of $1.4 billion in infrastructure repairs and upgrades, but DCNR doesn’t have the money to pay for them.
Pa. parks need $1.4B for infrastructure repairs, improvements, DCNR says
Speaking from Shikellamy State Park, which needs some $56 million in upgrades, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said Friday that many parks in the aging system “are increasingly facing operating challenges because of infrastructure needs.”
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Wolf admin. officials push for tick-borne illness awareness
“This summer, don’t let a tick make you sick,” acting Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson said Tuesday.
Turning DelWaterGap into national park would have ‘many benefits,’ DCNR Secretary Dunn says
A proposal that would turn the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area into a national park has picked up support from the head of the state agency that oversees Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests. Members of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey chapters of the Sierra Club first suggested last week that the 40-mile stretch of […]
Facing grim climate projections, state officials call for multi-dimensional approach to addressing climate change
The Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment is a report produced every three years by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as directed by the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act (Act 70) of 2008.
State officials warn residents as Pa. enters peak wildfire season
On Tuesday, officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) cautioned residents who may be taking up outdoor pursuits as the weather warms to beware dry and windy conditions, which could fan embers and campfires into full-blown forest fires.
State lawmakers question Wolf admin’s plan to fund environmental agencies
Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee made the heads of Pennsylvania’s chief environmental agencies defend a controversial funding shift Thursday. In his 2019-20 budget, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed reducing general fund spending on the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by $62 million. The shortfall would be covered […]