Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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Mission: The mission of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is to maintain, improve and preserve state parks; to manage state forest lands to assure their long-term health, sustainability and economic use; to provide information on Pennsylvanian’s ecological and geologic resources; and to administer grant and technical assistance programs that will benefit rivers conservation, trails and greenways, local recreation, regional heritage conservation and environmental education programs across Pennsylvania.

DCNR Secretary Dunn planted trees in a streamside buffer in a park in New Freedom Borough, York County, for clean water ...
10/23/2020

DCNR Secretary Dunn planted trees in a streamside buffer in a park in New Freedom Borough, York County, for clean water and community enjoyment. Learn more about new buffer grants issued today ➡️ https://bit.ly/3dUeHQB #waterquality #streambuffers

10/23/2020
Walk In Penn's Woods -- Joseph E. Ibberson Conservation Area

The more than 800-acre Joseph E. Ibberson Conservation Area that straddles Peters Mountain offers many trails that range from easy to difficult, with the chance to explore hardwood forests and see lots of wildlife. Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/2Ho2sjg

This year, Walk In Penn’s Woods is celebrating virtually the whole month of October! Check out a virtual tour of this corner of Penn’s Woods ⤵ #MyWalkInPennsWoods

Although much of the northern half of the commonwealth is fading or past peak, vivid fall color has arrived in the south...
10/22/2020

Although much of the northern half of the commonwealth is fading or past peak, vivid fall color has arrived in the south. 🍂🍁

Dazzling autumn scenery can be found from the central and southern Appalachians to the south-Pocono region.

Fantastic fall hues are also on display from the Lehigh Valley to South Mountain, extending eastward into the lower Delaware Valley.

With the fall foliage season progressing into its latter stages, the time is now to get out and enjoy some awe-inspiring, late season fall color in Penn’s Woods!

Learn more in the week 5 #PAFallFoliage report ➡️ http://bit.ly/2OCvs8C #FallinPA

There’s no need to rake up all the leaves in your yard! 🍃🍂 Leaving some on the ground is not only good for wildlife, but...
10/21/2020

There’s no need to rake up all the leaves in your yard! 🍃🍂 Leaving some on the ground is not only good for wildlife, but your yard and garden as well.

Check out some more tips ⤵ #iConservePA #FallinPA #PAFallFoliage

The Thunder Swamp Trail in Delaware State Forest travels 26 miles and leads hikers past mountain streams, swamps, and ot...
10/20/2020

The Thunder Swamp Trail in Delaware State Forest travels 26 miles and leads hikers past mountain streams, swamps, and other natural features found on the Pocono Plateau.

Enjoy short loops for day hikes and longer loops for overnight camping, which are great ways to take in some beautiful #PAFallFoliage. 🍂
Learn more ➡ https://bit.ly/3jmCV7y #TrailTuesday #FallinPA #ExplorePATrails

DCNR dedicates new visitor center at Hickory Run State Park, which serves as the point main contact point for visitors, ...
10/19/2020

DCNR dedicates new visitor center at Hickory Run State Park, which serves as the point main contact point for visitors, providing new exhibit space, comfort facilities, campground registration and park administrative services.

This park facility also will offer visitors expanded environmental education and the latest in energy efficient heating, cooling, and lighting.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3dIcqYT

Whitewater boating enthusiasts will converge on Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8, when DC...
10/19/2020

Whitewater boating enthusiasts will converge on Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8, 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 ➡ https://bit.ly/2FGiULa

Love trails? Consider serving on the PA Trails Advisory Committee!We’re accepting letters of interest for 5 committee ap...
10/19/2020

Love trails? Consider serving on the PA Trails Advisory Committee!
We’re accepting letters of interest for 5 committee appointments from the following groups:

• Snowmobiling
• People with disabilities
• Three members at large

Appointed members will serve a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2021.

Interested candidates apply by Saturday, October 31. Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/2NM6mEV. #ExplorePATrails

Clay and sand are among the most common earth materials. Weathered from rocks, they are main components of soil, but als...
10/16/2020

Clay and sand are among the most common earth materials. Weathered from rocks, they are main components of soil, but also have economic uses.

Both are used in many industrial products, from glass to bricks, but also support recreation activities. ⤵️ #EarthScienceWeek #PAGeology

10/16/2020

With more than 60 miles to explore, the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga and Tiadaghton State Forests is great place for a walk in Penns Woods! Travelers can see dramatic rock outcrops, numerous waterfalls, and mountain streams all on the same path ➡️ https://bit.ly/2SUosVw.

This year, Walk In Penn’s Woods is celebrating virtually the whole month of October! Check out a virtual tour of this corner of Penn’s Woods ⤵ #MyWalkInPennsWoods #ForestFriday #PAStateForests

Diabase rock in Pennsylvania occurs only in the Mesozoic basin in the southeastern part of the state. Under the trade na...
10/16/2020

Diabase rock in Pennsylvania occurs only in the Mesozoic basin in the southeastern part of the state. Under the trade name, “Pennsylvania black granite,” it is an attractive dimension stone for ornamental uses. ⤵️ #EarthScienceWeek #PAGeology

DCNR announces $7.6 million in grants -- supported by the Keystone and Environmental Stewardship funds, ATV and Snowmobi...
10/15/2020

DCNR announces $7.6 million in grants -- supported by the Keystone and Environmental Stewardship funds, ATV and Snowmobile restricted accounts, and federal Pennsylvania Recreational Trails funds -- for statewide trail projects.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/2H2Hfv3 #DCNRgrants #KeystoneFund

Spectacular autumn color persists throughout the commonwealth this coming week! 🍂🍁From the northwest to the central Appa...
10/15/2020

Spectacular autumn color persists throughout the commonwealth this coming week! 🍂🍁

From the northwest to the central Appalachians and Laurel Highlands to the Poconos, incredible fall scenery awaits.

Cold nights in the forecast this weekend will likely snap southeastern forests into vivid color soon.

With below average temperatures expected next week, the outlook for fall color remains outstanding for the commonwealth.

Learn more in the week 4 #PAFallFoliage report ➡️ http://bit.ly/2OCvs8C #FallinPA

10/14/2020
Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

Learn about wildfires 🌲🔥 from our Bureau of Forestry during a free Lunch and Learn hosted by the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation tomorrow at noon! Watch LIVE on their page. ⤵️

Learn about wildfires in Pennsylvania from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry during a free Lunch and Learn tomorrow at noon! Watch LIVE on our page.

This Devonian sandstone is popular for using both inside and outside of a home. Many small bluestone quarries can be fou...
10/14/2020

This Devonian sandstone is popular for using both inside and outside of a home. Many small bluestone quarries can be found in Bradford, Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike, and surrounding counties. ⤵️ #EarthScienceWeek #PAGeology

Contagious and always-fatal chronic wasting disease detections have been increasing in Pennsylvania’s deer since the dis...
10/14/2020
Cooperation is Key to Managing Chronic Wasting Disease in Pennsylvania

Contagious and always-fatal chronic wasting disease detections have been increasing in Pennsylvania’s deer since the disease was first discovered in the state in 2012.

Along with help from residents, DCNR is working alongside multiple state agencies to help fight the spread of this disease in the commonwealth ⬇ #PAStateForests #ChronicWastingDisease

Pennsylvania agencies and residents can both work together to combat chronic wasting disease.

Enjoy views of Penns Creek and the fall foliage along its banks while hiking the John Snyder Trail in Bald Eagle State F...
10/13/2020

Enjoy views of Penns Creek and the fall foliage along its banks while hiking the John Snyder Trail in Bald Eagle State Forest.

Hikers can visit the 250-foot long Paddy Mountain railroad tunnel and the bridge that leads to it. Learn more ➡ https://bit.ly/2Fqt0jb #TrailTuesday #PAFallFoliage #ExplorePATrails

Do you know the most common rock type mined in Pennsylvania? Limestone and dolomite are major sources of mineral raw mat...
10/13/2020

Do you know the most common rock type mined in Pennsylvania? Limestone and dolomite are major sources of mineral raw materials for a wide variety of industries in Pennsylvania. Learn more ⤵️ #EarthScienceWeek #PAGeology

It’s Earth Science Week and we’re highlighting some minerals that are important in our daily lives. ⛏Aggregate is a cons...
10/12/2020

It’s Earth Science Week and we’re highlighting some minerals that are important in our daily lives. ⛏

Aggregate is a construction material that is mixed with cement or asphalt for roads, buildings, pavement, etc.

Aggregate is made up of materials found in PA. Learn more ⤵️ #PAGeology #EarthScienceWeek

The USDA Forest Service is partnering with six states (including Pennsylvania) and the District of Columbia to improve f...
10/09/2020

The USDA Forest Service is partnering with six states (including Pennsylvania) and the District of Columbia to improve forest conditions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed -- an area that is home to 18 million residents who depend on its forests for clean water and air. 🌲💧

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3nzd67r #ForestFriday

10/09/2020
Walk In Penn's Woods -- Copper Run Trail

Copper Run Trail is part of the Mount Hope Trail system located in the southeastern portion of Michaux State Forest.

Almost 3-miles long, this trail crosses Copper Run and meanders through a grove of towering tulip poplars.

While it is a popular destination for equestrians, Copper Run Trail is part of a shared-use trail system that is open to hikers, bikers, and horseback riders ➡️ https://bit.ly/2GR8xEp.

This year, Walk In Penn’s Woods is celebrating virtually the whole month of October! Check out a virtual tour of this corner of Penn’s Woods ⤵ #MyWalkInPennsWoods #ForestFriday #PAStateForests

DCNR announces funding for 42 projects across the state to support the acquisition of land for expansion of areas for ou...
10/08/2020

DCNR announces funding for 42 projects across the state to support the acquisition of land for expansion of areas for outdoor recreation, critical wildlife habitat, and for the conservation of open space and natural areas. 🏞

These grants are supported by the Keystone Fund. Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/2FdetY9 #DCNRgrants #KeystoneFund

Gorgeous color continues to abound throughout Penn’s Woods! While some northern counties have begun to fade, central for...
10/08/2020

Gorgeous color continues to abound throughout Penn’s Woods! While some northern counties have begun to fade, central forests are now stealing the show. 🍂🍁

Awesome color can be found from northwestern Pennsylvania through the Alleghenies and central Appalachians, to the Pocono region.

Forecasted seasonable temperatures should facilitate a gradual transition of color throughout southern areas of the commonwealth for fantastic viewing opportunities into late October.

Learn more in the week 3 #PAFallFoliage report ➡️ http://bit.ly/2OCvs8C #FallinPA

10/08/2020
Have a Back Up Plan of Places to Go

With peak fall foliage coming for many areas of the state, parks and trails may become crowded.

Have a back up plan of places to go to avoid crowds and wear a mask if you can't socially distance from others. #RecreateResponsibly #ExplorePATrails #PAFallFoliage

Campfires or any other open burning is not permitted in the Michaux State Forest until further notice. Dry conditions an...
10/07/2020

Campfires or any other open burning is not permitted in the Michaux State Forest until further notice. Dry conditions and early leaf drop have created a very fire-prone environment.

This campfire ban includes the Appalachian Trail corridor. #PAStateForests #PAWildfire

If your home or cabin is in a heavily wooded area, check out these tips to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to yo...
10/07/2020

If your home or cabin is in a heavily wooded area, check out these tips to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to your property ➡️ http://bit.ly/2ns1l6D 🏠🌲🔥 #FirePreventionWeek #PAWildfire

It's no surprise that some of these trips take you through Pennsylvania state parks and forests ⤵️🍂🍁 #PAFallFoliage #Fal...
10/06/2020
Best road trips for fall foliage in Pennsylvania

It's no surprise that some of these trips take you through Pennsylvania state parks and forests ⤵️🍂🍁 #PAFallFoliage #FallinPA

Driving through the splendor of autumn is an annual tradition for many leaf peepers.

The Mosquito Creek Trail in Moshannon State Forest is a great place to view fall foliage. Part of a larger trail system,...
10/06/2020

The Mosquito Creek Trail in Moshannon State Forest is a great place to view fall foliage. Part of a larger trail system, this trail connects to the Quehanna Trail and the Deible Run Vista.

The high diversity of tree species in the surrounding Quehanna wild area help put on a multi-colored show throughout the forest. Learn more ➡ https://bit.ly/3nlnYWl #TrailTuesday #PAFallFoliage #ExplorePATrails

The Spruce Flats Bog in Forbes State Forest is unusual for a number of ecological and geological reasons ⤵️
10/06/2020
Spruce Flats Bog an often-overlooked natural wonder

The Spruce Flats Bog in Forbes State Forest is unusual for a number of ecological and geological reasons ⤵️

Paul Nieman of Ligonier and his yellow Lab, Lily, hike all around Forbes State Forest, but one spot they visit repeatedly is Spruce Flats Bog. On a late summer trek around Laurel Summit State Park, Nieman was going to skip it, but Lily insisted on leading him down the ¼-mile

Love trails? Consider serving on the PA Trails Advisory Committee!We’re accepting letters of interest for 5 committee ap...
10/05/2020

Love trails? Consider serving on the PA Trails Advisory Committee!

We’re accepting letters of interest for 5 committee appointments from the following groups:

• Snowmobiling
• People with disabilities
• Three members at large

Appointed members will serve a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2021.

Interested candidates apply by Saturday, October 31. Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/2NM6mEV. #ExplorePATrails

Have a question for DCNR or the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission? Tune in to the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) t...
10/05/2020

Have a question for DCNR or the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission? Tune in to the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) tonight at 7:00 P.M. ⤵️

Have a question about #parks amidst #COVID19?
➡️ Tim Schaeffer, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Commission, Executive Director
➡️ Secretary Cindy Dunn, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Live, tonight at 7 PM.

We know Pennsylvania forests and parks have some of the best leaf peeping 🍂👀 opportunities in the state and also are a f...
10/02/2020

We know Pennsylvania forests and parks have some of the best leaf peeping 🍂👀 opportunities in the state and also are a favorite for hunters.

Those who are in the woods during hunting seasons should use precaution.

We hope all that take to Penn’s Woods this fall have a safe and enjoyable season!

Check hunting seasons at the Pennsylvania Game Commission. #PAFallFoliage #FallinPA

DCNR announces funding for 22 projects across the state for rivers conservation, access, and streamside buffers supporte...
10/01/2020

DCNR announces funding for 22 projects across the state for rivers conservation, access, and streamside buffers supported by the Environmental Stewardship and Keystone funds, and federal EPA Chesapeake Bay grants. 🌱💧

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/2Gk3ZXj #DCNRgrants #StreamBuffers

What a difference a week makes! 🍂🍁 Cold and frosty nights and very dry conditions have ushered in marked changes across ...
10/01/2020

What a difference a week makes! 🍂🍁 Cold and frosty nights and very dry conditions have ushered in marked changes across the northern tier, where foliage is at its spectacular peak.

Sugar and red maples are the stars of the show, contrasting beautifully with the still-green oak canopies.

Another cold snap could jumpstart much of the Appalachian and Allegheny mountain regions, setting the table for back to back weeks of fantastic fall foliage viewing opportunities across wide swaths of the commonwealth.

Learn more in the week 2 #PAFallFoliage report ➡️ http://bit.ly/2OCvs8C #FallinPA

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