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Walking helps improve our physical health and relieve stress. 🌳🚶While we can walk anywhere, research shows that walking ...
03/25/2021

Walking helps improve our physical health and relieve stress. 🌳🚶

While we can walk anywhere, research shows that walking in parks yields greater benefits for our body and mind.

With more than 6,000 local parks and 121 state parks across the commonwealth, it’s easy to find a park to take a walk.

Find a local park ➡️ https://bit.ly/2B1pIke
Find a state park ➡️ http://bit.ly/2uFdBC5

#TakeAWalkInTheParkDay

Is the upcoming Worm Moon a supermoon? There are no official rules as to how close or far the moon must be to qualify as...
03/24/2021

Is the upcoming Worm Moon a supermoon? There are no official rules as to how close or far the moon must be to qualify as a supermoon, so different definitions get used.

Some say it is. Take a look and see if this moon appears bigger and brighter than others, and decide for yourself 🌕⤵️ #ProtectTheNight

Learn more about the impacts of trash and what we're doing to reduce it, and ways you can help 🚮⤵️
03/24/2021

Learn more about the impacts of trash and what we're doing to reduce it, and ways you can help 🚮⤵️

Join us this Friday at noon here on Facebook for “Don’t Trash Pennsylvania,” a live talk on litter in PA. Speakers from DEP, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will discuss Pennsylvania’s litter challenge and answer your questions!

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3f8hbO7

Marion E. Brooks devoted her life to caring for and protecting some of the most loved natural wonders in Pennsylvania.Ma...
03/23/2021
Marion E. Brooks – Conservation Heritage

Marion E. Brooks devoted her life to caring for and protecting some of the most loved natural wonders in Pennsylvania.

Marion’s conservation efforts were ahead of her time, and her legacy lives on today. Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/2OxbyhK #WomensHistoryMonth

Marion's environmental interests gave her visibility within the community. She was a fixer and a joiner. Read her story today!

DCNR’s Riparian Forest Buffer Program grows more than streamside plantings, it nourishes the business of nurseries offer...
03/22/2021
Economic Impact Spotlight: Forest Buffer Effort Grows More Than Streamside Plantings

DCNR’s Riparian Forest Buffer Program grows more than streamside plantings, it nourishes the business of nurseries offering select stock.

Businesses like the Lancaster County-based Octoraro Native Plant Nursery, where owner Jim MacKenzie points proudly to a 31-year history of growing plants for sustainable landscapes and service to our customers. Learn more ⤵️

DCNR's Riparian Forest Buffer Program grows more than streamside plantings, it nourishes the business of nurseries.

03/22/2021
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

DCNR is proud to co-chair Governor Wolf’s PA GreenGov Council and we congratulate DGS for laying the groundwork and providing the leadership that shaped this historic event ⤵️

Join us as the Wolf Administration announces the largest government commitment to solar in the U.S. to date. Pennsylvania PULSE will use in-state solar energy for 50 percent of state government electricity.

As the state’s conservation leader, we demonstrated our commitment to wise energy-use 40 years ago with the first instal...
03/22/2021

As the state’s conservation leader, we demonstrated our commitment to wise energy-use 40 years ago with the first installation of a solar array at Mt. Pisgah State Park.

We now have:
✅ 17 such installations throughout the state
✅ A vehicle fleet that steadily is moving toward electric conversion
✅ Construction and maintenance guidelines that promote solid energy conservation

We truly are excited by this initiative and how it will benefit our commitment to the future ⤵️

This is an historic day in our fight against the climate crisis.

50% of state government energy will soon come from solar energy — the largest government solar commitment in the U.S.

The future of our climate depends on the actions we take now, and PA is leading by example.

We hope you get a chance to visit Pennsylvania's natural places to see the beauty of spring. Happy first day of spring! ...
03/20/2021

We hope you get a chance to visit Pennsylvania's natural places to see the beauty of spring. Happy first day of spring! 🌱🌸🐦

Check out the link below to the Falcon Wire News to read the tributes and legacy of this amazing falcon ⤵️❤️
03/19/2021

Check out the link below to the Falcon Wire News to read the tributes and legacy of this amazing falcon ⤵️❤️

W/V made a remarkable contribution to the recovery of peregrine falcons in the Commonwealth, and impacted legions of followers. In recognition of the life of this amazing falcon, we have some wonderful anecdotes on W/V to share.
➡️ dep.pa.gov/falconwire

#HbgFalcons
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

One of the major causes of forest fires in Pennsylvania is debris burning.Careless burning of trash or yard waste can ca...
03/19/2021

One of the major causes of forest fires in Pennsylvania is debris burning.

Careless burning of trash or yard waste can cause wildfires that burn thousands of acres of valuable Pennsylvania forests. 🔥🌲

If you must burn, be sure to follow these tips to help prevent wildfires. Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/2J131jx #PAWildfire #ForestFriday

The Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation is seeking a qualified candidate to represent Bedf...
03/19/2021

The Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation is seeking a qualified candidate to represent Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties.

The council provides advice on the conservation of Pennsylvania’s wildlife and other natural resources. Applicants should be well-informed about wildlife conservation and restoration.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 26. Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/3cL5U3C
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Pennsylvania Game Commission

Spring's arrival brings many changes to the natural world. Did you know the science community relies on observations fro...
03/18/2021

Spring's arrival brings many changes to the natural world. Did you know the science community relies on observations from citizen scientists to help record these changes? 🌸🐦

Spend some time in your backyard or neighborhood observing plants and animals and helping the science!

Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/2VKlQtJ #CitizenScience

W/V was an amazing 18-year old peregrine falcon who helped to create the most productive falcon nest in the commonwealth...
03/18/2021

W/V was an amazing 18-year old peregrine falcon who helped to create the most productive falcon nest in the commonwealth ❤️

We have more news to share on W/V. Yesterday, Pennsylvania Game Commission recovered the body of W/V. Unfortunately, W/V flew into the side of a building and perished. A tribute to this falcon's legacy will be coming soon on Falcon Wire.
Learn more ➡ http://bit.ly/2vu5h9a

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Many plants native to Pennsylvania are quite rare to find in the wild due to many factors -- including habitat loss.DCNR...
03/17/2021
Plants Can Be Threatened and Endangered Too

Many plants native to Pennsylvania are quite rare to find in the wild due to many factors -- including habitat loss.

DCNR identifies and monitors populations of these rare plants to preserve them for future generations. Learn more ⤵️ #PAWildlife #WildlifeWednesday

DCNR helps manage public and private land to preserve rare plant species.

Many smaller wildfires from brush burning also happened over the past weekend across the state. Please:☑️ Refrain from b...
03/17/2021
Massive mountaintop fire started at Camp Tuckahoe, according to forest official

Many smaller wildfires from brush burning also happened over the past weekend across the state. Please:
☑️ Refrain from burning on windy days
☑️ Have a water source and shovel on hand to put out a fire
☑️ Never leave a fire unattended
☑️ Make sure your fire is completely out and check back regularly #PAWildfire

The fire consumed nearly 150 acres, although no injuries were reported, according to an official.

Pennsylvania’s new Land and Water Trail Network Strategic Plan prioritizes the closing of priority trail gaps and the co...
03/16/2021

Pennsylvania’s new Land and Water Trail Network Strategic Plan prioritizes the closing of priority trail gaps and the completion of major greenways.

It also emphasizes regional initiatives, the needs of specialized trail-user groups, and ensuring everyone feels welcome on trails in Pennsylvania.

These actions are designed to eventually have Pennsylvanians living within 10 minutes of a trail. Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/30QXMc4 #TrailTuesday #ExplorePATrails

Cole Run Trail in Forbes State Forest is a 2-mile, moderately strenuous trail and can be connected to Cole Run Road to m...
03/16/2021

Cole Run Trail in Forbes State Forest is a 2-mile, moderately strenuous trail and can be connected to Cole Run Road to make a 3-mile loop.

After leaving Cole Run Falls, the trail drops along steep terrain and gently meanders along Blue Hole creek before a challenging climb up to the top of the valley.

In spring, hikers also can see the occasional vernal pool teeming with amphibian activity -- as well as a few spring wildflowers. Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/3jKzAjX #TrailTuesday #ExplorePATrails

Getting ready to head outside and do some spring clean up?Be sure to check tree trunks, branches, rocks, outdoor equipme...
03/16/2021

Getting ready to head outside and do some spring clean up?

Be sure to check tree trunks, branches, rocks, outdoor equipment, or other flat surfaces for spotted lanternfly egg masses ⤵️ #BadBug #SeeEmSquashEm

❄️Cold weather doesn’t mean it’s quiet on the home front. #SpottedLanternfly egg masses survive over winter. Every egg mass you destroy this winter is 30-50 less next spring!

👉How to identify & destroy egg masses: https://bit.ly/2VLtRzJ
✏️ #SeeEmSquashEm, report it: https://bit.ly/3udU1Lp

Local firefighting forces in communities with less than 10,000 residents can now apply for wildfire assistance grants to...
03/15/2021

Local firefighting forces in communities with less than 10,000 residents can now apply for wildfire assistance grants to be used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires.

Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/3lktXtN #PAWildfire #DCNRgrants

🚩 A red flag warning is in effect for Berks County, the Lehigh Valley, and southeastern PA until 5:00 P.M.Critical wildf...
03/15/2021

🚩 A red flag warning is in effect for Berks County, the Lehigh Valley, and southeastern PA until 5:00 P.M.

Critical wildfire conditions are expected and any fires that develop may get out of control and become hard to contain.

Do not start any outdoor fires in these areas. #PAWildfire

Using the clean energy from the sun, DCNR is deploying small-scale solar arrays to take certain buildings and facilities...
03/12/2021

Using the clean energy from the sun, DCNR is deploying small-scale solar arrays to take certain buildings and facilities off the grid, saving money and reducing DCNR’s carbon footprint.

Learn more about our sustainable practices ➡️ http://bit.ly/2ODkzAq #SolarAppreciationDay #Sustainability

03/12/2021

We’re flowing into the weekend watching Toms Run in Michaux State Forest! #GetOutdoorsPA #ForestFriday

Weather patterns show dry and windy conditions starting this afternoon and into the weekend.This is not a good time to s...
03/12/2021

Weather patterns show dry and windy conditions starting this afternoon and into the weekend.

This is not a good time to start outdoor fires. If you must start a fire, use extreme caution.

There already have been a number of small fires this week due to the conditions. #PAWildfire

About 3.5 million Pennsylvanians in rural areas depend on private water wells for their drinking water needs. Well owner...
03/11/2021

About 3.5 million Pennsylvanians in rural areas depend on private water wells for their drinking water needs. Well owners can help conserve groundwater by protecting their well. ⤵️💧

#iConservePA #GWAW #GroundwaterAwarenessWeek

⚠️ UPDATE: The closing date for this job has been moved to March 26.Do you have a passion for saving Pennsylvania’s stat...
03/10/2021

⚠️ UPDATE: The closing date for this job has been moved to March 26.

Do you have a passion for saving Pennsylvania’s state forest resources?

Then join DCNR’s Forest Fire Protection Division and coordinate the Bureau of Forestry’s response to wildfires and other natural disasters and emergencies.

Apply by Friday, March 26 here ➡️ http://bit.ly/2Q3YEYH #PAWildfire

Pennsylvanians interested in supporting streamside buffers and urban tree plantings can help through the newly establish...
03/10/2021

Pennsylvanians interested in supporting streamside buffers and urban tree plantings can help through the newly established Keystone Tree Fund.

Donate $3 when you renew your driver's license or vehicle registration; or make a direct donation. Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/3vfSmWi #KeystoneTreeFund #StreamsideBuffers

03/10/2021
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Warmer temperatures are coming, which means ice conditions can change quickly.

Before going out on the ice, check out these safety tips from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission ⤵️

Is the ice safe? What are signs of weak or deteriorating ice conditions? What should you do if you fall through the ice? This video covers each topic and provides recommendations for being safe on the ice.

When travelling on ice, follow these recommendations:
• Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.

• Assess ice characteristics and conditions from shore before you ever venture onto the ice. Heed all warning signs of weak or deteriorating ice.

• Probe ice with a pole and continuously check thickness. The general thickness guideline for one person travelling on ice is a minimum of 4 inches of clear ice. (Ice Thickness Guidelines Chart: https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Documents/ice_thickness.pdf)

• Wear a life jacket or float coat and appropriate thermal protection for conditions.

• Carry a set of ice awls to aid getting out of the water. (Ice Awls: https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Documents/iceawls.pdf)

• Have a throw bag/rope to use for rescue.

• If the ice begins to crack, immediately lay down and crawl back in the direction from which you came.

• If you fall through the ice, face the direction from which you just came. Kick your legs to propel yourself and pull using your ice awls to get onto the ice surface. Roll away from the hole and crawl to safety.

• If you witness someone fall through the ice, CALL 911 for help.

To learn about water and ice safety in Pennsylvania visit: https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx

DCNR is accepting applications for a Senior Geoscientist in its Geologic Resources Division that will be responsible for...
03/10/2021

DCNR is accepting applications for a Senior Geoscientist in its Geologic Resources Division that will be responsible for geological and geochemical studies of environmental concerns, mineral resources, and the geologic history of Pennsylvania.

If you have experience in geological and geochemical studies, then this may be a position for you!

Apply by Thursday, March 18 here ➡️ https://bit.ly/3rGmk3y #PAGeology

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced that eight counties have been added to Pennsylvania’s Spotted Lante...
03/10/2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced that eight counties have been added to Pennsylvania’s Spotted Lanternfly quarantine zone ahead of the 2021 spring hatch.

With this addition, the quarantine for this invasive pest is now at 34 counties. Learn more ⤵️

Do you live in or travel through a county quarantined for #SpottedLanternfly? There are now 34 counties quarantined.

Help keep this #badbug from spreading by looking before you leave!
✅ Use our easy checklist for what to look for & check before you go: https://bit.ly/37yfXqW
✏️Report it: https://bit.ly/3udU1Lp
👩‍🏫 Learn more about the quarantine: https://bit.ly/3byBhyY
#SeeEmSquashEm

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences

Campsites will be available at 16 additional Pennsylvania state parks for fishing enthusiasts who want to stay overnight...
03/09/2021

Campsites will be available at 16 additional Pennsylvania state parks for fishing enthusiasts who want to stay overnight on Friday, April 2 for the new statewide trout opener the following day.

A total of 34 parks across the state will provide camping at this time ➡️ http://bit.ly/3t5zur6

Elk State Forest's Pepper Hill Trail in The PA Wilds is a 6.4-mile trail that switchbacks up Pepper Hill, with a short s...
03/09/2021

Elk State Forest's Pepper Hill Trail in The PA Wilds is a 6.4-mile trail that switchbacks up Pepper Hill, with a short spur leading to Survivors Rock. This is where three Civilian Conservation Corps members took refuge and survived while fighting the tragic Pepper Hill Fire of 1938.

Pepper Hill Falls can be found just off the trail on Pepper Run. Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/2ZsW0xT #TrailTuesday #ExplorePATrails #PAStateForests

From March through December, Pennsylvania state parks saw unprecedented levels of visitation -- overall, there were roug...
03/09/2021

From March through December, Pennsylvania state parks saw unprecedented levels of visitation -- overall, there were roughly 46.9 million state park visits in 2020, an increase of more than 26 percent from 2019.

About half of Pennsylvania residents get drinking water directly from groundwater.In recognition of Groundwater Awarenes...
03/08/2021

About half of Pennsylvania residents get drinking water directly from groundwater.

In recognition of Groundwater Awareness Week, here’s a few tips to help protect our most valuable natural resource.💧⬇
#iConservePA #GWAW #GroundwaterAwarenessWeek

Whitewater boating enthusiasts will converge on Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, when DCN...
03/08/2021

Whitewater boating enthusiasts will converge on Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, when DCNR releases water from Lake Nockamixon into the creek.

The releases provide suitable whitewater boating conditions downstream through Ralph Stover State Park from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. each day.

Boaters should be aware that this is technical whitewater with Class 3 and 4 rapids that require boating skills. Learn more ➡️ #GetOutdoorsPA

03/08/2021
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Happy International Women's Day! Pennsylvania-born Rachel Carson had a powerful impact on the environmental movement and the rise of women biologists. Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/2PGQbul

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! This #WomensHistoryMonth, we celebrate Rachel Carson and the women who helped shape PA's environmental heritage.

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The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) works to conserve and sustain Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations’ use and enjoyment.

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