New contract provisions aim to help Pa. parks reduce plastic waste | Five for the Weekend

BY: - November 6, 2021

The new provisions will prevent the use of plastic bags, straws and cutlery at state park concession stands, calling for them to be replaced with "compostable, paper, wood, or plant fiber alternatives, according to a statement from DCNR.

The need for fees? DCNR says ‘no’ to visitor fees for infrastructure repair costs

BY: - October 12, 2021

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

BY: - October 8, 2021

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.”

Pa. fall foliage reports to debut Sept. 30 | Five for the Weekend

BY: - September 18, 2021

Fall foliage reports and the top 5 stories from this week.

DCNR celebrates Franklin Kury, Pa. Environmental Rights Amendment | Five for the Weekend

BY: - August 28, 2021

The new observation area, known as "Kury Point," over looks the Susquehanna River at Shikellamy State Park.

State officials throw their support behind ‘collaborative’ efforts to combat invasive species

BY: - August 25, 2021

The state spends $950K a year to fight invasive species, a top Wolf admin. official told a bicameral agency

Turning DelWaterGap into national park would have ‘many benefits,’ DCNR Secretary Dunn says

BY: - July 12, 2021

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

BY: and - May 9, 2021

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

BY: - April 7, 2021

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 parks to host volunteers, in-person programs beginning in April

BY: - March 26, 2021

Beginning on April 4, the same day that Wolf said restaurants can host 75 percent capacity and resume bar service, DCNR will welcome visitors back to its visitors centers, offices and other events and program facilities at 75 percent capacity. 

DCNR sends out-of-state park visitors without a negative COVID test packing

BY: - November 25, 2020

The requirement was announced last week by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. 

GOP lawmaker from Carbon County says he wants to let Pa. state parks charge visitors a fee

BY: - August 25, 2020

The proposal, which has been introduced twice before, would address the issues at Beltzville and other parks near state borders where traffic is high and allow DCNR to decide on and implement fees at their discretion, Heffley told the Capital-Star.