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Pa. core samples to get new, $6M home

BY: - November 18, 2022

The core samples, experts said, are important tools to understanding how Pennsylvania’s geology could support carbon capture and sequestration efforts.

Outdoor recreation industry added $13.6B to Pa. economy in 2021 | Five for the Weekend

BY: - November 12, 2022

A report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that outdoor recreation contributed $13.64 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy, including 152,000 jobs, and 1.6 percent of the commonwealth’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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. 

Sheep graze between and under solar panels that help power Susquehanna University in south-central Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy of Owens Farm)

DCNR on track to get 100 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2030 | Five for the Weekend

BY: - September 24, 2022

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said on Wednesday that it expects to "use 28.7-gigawatt hours of electricity by 2030 with a plan to have the department produce 15.5-gigawatt hours and purchase 13.2 gigawatt hours — all from renewable energy sources."

Environmental watchdogs petition DCNR to remove access fee on oil & gas well database

BY: - July 24, 2022

“Oil and gas well records should be available to all Pennsylvania's citizens, not just a select few citizens with the ability to pay DCNR's exorbitant charges,” a petition to DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn reads. “We the undersigned demand DCNR stop charging citizens $5,500.00 to access the EDWIN database.”

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. 

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.

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.