State agencies planning for the future of Pa.’s outdoor recreation economy | Five for the Weekend
State agencies, including the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Department of Community and Economic Development, are joining forces to develop an Office of Outdoor Recreation, which "would be responsible for coordinating and synergizing among entities within and connected to state government to help align and support strategic initiatives, partnerships, policies, resources," according to DCNR.
POLL: Pennsylvanians support funding hike for parks, forests
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.
DCNR outlines 2022 priorities, banks on the future of outdoor recreation in Pa.
This year, “2022 is going to be our biggest and best year yet,” state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn told an agency advisory panel. She added that the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for an “elevated” investment in Pennsylvania’s public spaces, which saw record use during the COVID-19-induced lockdowns.
DCNR opens 2022 grant season for park, recreational development projects | Five for the Weekend
“DCNR grants have a tremendous impact in helping communities with local park acquisition and improvements, trails and river access each year and we expect them to have a greater impact as a result of the increased use of the outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We will continue to assist as many worthy projects as we can to ensure that we retain the new users who have turned to parks, forests and trails in the past two years to help maintain their mental and physical health.”
Pennsylvania among worst states in nation in outdoor economic value, says study
While Pennsylvania ranks 24th in highest percentage of land covered in state parks and national parks, and contains popular outdoor recreation destinations like the Laurel Highlands and the Pocono Mountains, it still falls behind states with comparable percentages of parkland such as New Hampshire, which ranks 20 for state and national parks but has much higher an outdoor recreation dependency index. Pennsylvania also trails states with lower rankings, such as South Carolina, which ranks 35 for state and national parks.
Pa. parks see growth during pandemic | The Numbers Racket
Nearly a year after the COVID-19 pandemic began, people everywhere have taken up hobbies that allow them to mitigate their risk of exposure and practice social distancing while doing them.
GOP lawmaker from Carbon County says he wants to let Pa. state parks charge visitors a fee
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.
These are the 10 most popular Pennsylvania state parks
Take a look at this list, based on data from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’s Bureau of State Parks.
Open for adventure: Pennsylvania Parks | Five for the weekend
Now that all 67 counties are in the yellow or green phase of reopening, Pennsylvania's state parks announced earlier this week that as of Friday, June 12, cabins, cottages, lodges and yurts across the state are open.
DCNR Sec. asks Pennsylvanians to take care of themselves, state parks while distancing
State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn is calling on Pennsylvanians to take care of themselves -- and outdoor areas -- during social distancing.