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06/11/2021
Improving Water Quality with Streamside Forest Buffers

Streamside forest buffers are improving the water quality of Pennsylvania waterways flowing to the Chesapeake Bay -- a valuable recreational and environmental resource connecting more than 18 million residents.

Trees along streams provide protection from stormwater events, improve water and air quality, provide better recreation, and more. 💧🌳⤵️ #BayAwarenessWeek #BufferMyStream

Yellow flag iris is an invasive perennial that displaces native plants -- especially along lake and pond shorelines -- d...
06/10/2021

Yellow flag iris is an invasive perennial that displaces native plants -- especially along lake and pond shorelines -- disrupting the aquatic food chain ➡️ https://bit.ly/2SjRoqa.

A great, native alternative for a marshy or wet area is blue flag iris. This adaptable plant has bright, violet-blue flowers with a yellow base that attract helpful pollinators like bees. ⤵ #iConservePA #PANativePlants

Yellow flag iris is an invasive perennial that displaces native plants -- especially along lake and pond shorelines -- disrupting the aquatic food chain ➡️ https://bit.ly/2SjRoqa.

A great, native alternative for a marshy or wet area is blue flag iris. This adaptable plant has bright, violet-blue flowers with a yellow base that attract helpful pollinators like bees. ⤵ #iConservePA #PANativePlants

Thirty-five (35) areas in Pennsylvania state forests have been designated as Wild Plant Sanctuaries.These sites offer op...
06/10/2021

Thirty-five (35) areas in Pennsylvania state forests have been designated as Wild Plant Sanctuaries.

These sites offer opportunities for monitoring plant populations and scientific research to better understand the conservation needs of state-listed species and their role in plant communities.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/2Ss3Nvl

DCNR’s designated state forest hiking trails, along with connectors and side trails, create a vast network leading to vi...
06/09/2021
​​​​​​Backpacking is a Great Way to Explore Pennsylvania

DCNR’s designated state forest hiking trails, along with connectors and side trails, create a vast network leading to vistas, scenic creeks, quiet hollows, and geological wonders.

With hundreds of miles to explore, you can find a backpacking trip for all skill levels in Pennsylvania state forests ⤵️ #ExplorePATrails

Hundreds of miles of trails await for those who want a wilder camping experience.

Spending time in nature has been proven to: ✅ Lower blood pressure, reduce stress ✅ Improve your mood and focus ✅ Improv...
06/09/2021

Spending time in nature has been proven to:

✅ Lower blood pressure, reduce stress
✅ Improve your mood and focus
✅ Improve your sleep and immunity

Make a plan to spend some time outdoors for your health.

Find a park ➡️ https://maps.dcnr.pa.gov/localparks #GetOutdoorsDay

Spending time in nature has been proven to:

✅ Lower blood pressure, reduce stress
✅ Improve your mood and focus
✅ Improve your sleep and immunity

Make a plan to spend some time outdoors for your health.

Find a park ➡️ https://maps.dcnr.pa.gov/localparks #GetOutdoorsDay

06/09/2021

Pennsylvania state parks and forests are valuable resources for everyone to enjoy. Litter hurts our public lands, wildlife, and other visitors’ experiences. DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn shares some of the impacts of trash and ways you can help ⤵️ #LeaveNoTrash #KeepPABeautiful

The Mid State Trail -- the wildest trail in PA --  is a challenging backpacking experience. Hikers will have a feeling o...
06/08/2021

The Mid State Trail -- the wildest trail in PA -- is a challenging backpacking experience. Hikers will have a feeling of remoteness and solitude, yet the trail is rarely more than 2 kilometers from the nearest road.

This more than 300-mile trail extends from the Mason-Dixon line to the New York border, traveling through five state forests, eight state parks, and state game lands. Learn more ➡ https://hike-mst.org/ #TrailTuesday #ExplorePATrails

The Mid State Trail -- the wildest trail in PA -- is a challenging backpacking experience. Hikers will have a feeling of remoteness and solitude, yet the trail is rarely more than 2 kilometers from the nearest road.

This more than 300-mile trail extends from the Mason-Dixon line to the New York border, traveling through five state forests, eight state parks, and state game lands. Learn more ➡ https://hike-mst.org/ #TrailTuesday #ExplorePATrails

Why is Pennsylvania a top trail state? Just look below ⤵️ #NationalTrailsDay 🚴🚣‍♀️🏞️
06/05/2021

Why is Pennsylvania a top trail state? Just look below ⤵️ #NationalTrailsDay 🚴🚣‍♀️🏞️

Why is Pennsylvania a top trail state? Just look below ⤵️ #NationalTrailsDay 🚴🚣‍♀️🏞️

The hot temperatures this weekend may lure paddlers to be out on the water. Stay safe when paddling by following these t...
06/04/2021

The hot temperatures this weekend may lure paddlers to be out on the water. Stay safe when paddling by following these tips ⤵️

The hot temperatures this weekend may lure paddlers to be out on the water. Stay safe when paddling by following these tips ⤵️

The new Pollinator and Bird Garden at the Arboretum at Penn State aims to accomplish something no researcher has attempt...
06/04/2021
The long-awaited Pollinator and Bird Garden will be a ‘magical’ addition to The Arboretum at Penn State | Town&Gown | StateCollege.com

The new Pollinator and Bird Garden at the Arboretum at Penn State aims to accomplish something no researcher has attempted before: to attract each one of Pennsylvania’s native pollinators ⤵ #PollinatorMonth #iConservePA

The Arboretum at Penn State will soon open its newest project to the public, the Pollinator and Bird Garden, a space that aims to foster relaxation as well as education. […]

Rose of Sharon’s prolific blooms result in abundant seedlings that spread immensely around the parent plant, quickly out...
06/03/2021

Rose of Sharon’s prolific blooms result in abundant seedlings that spread immensely around the parent plant, quickly outcompeting native vegetation.

This aggressive growth results in dense stands of this shrub, decreasing the area’s biodiversity.

Oak leaf hydrangea is a very adaptable native plant, tolerating a variety of soil and light conditions, with showy clusters of impressive blooms that persist for weeks.

The roots of this plant were useful to Native Americans for medicinal purposes. ⤵ #iConservePA #PANativePlants

Rose of Sharon’s prolific blooms result in abundant seedlings that spread immensely around the parent plant, quickly outcompeting native vegetation.

This aggressive growth results in dense stands of this shrub, decreasing the area’s biodiversity.

Oak leaf hydrangea is a very adaptable native plant, tolerating a variety of soil and light conditions, with showy clusters of impressive blooms that persist for weeks.

The roots of this plant were useful to Native Americans for medicinal purposes. ⤵ #iConservePA #PANativePlants

If you see a snake while enjoying the outdoors, just step back and give it 10 feet of distance.Snakes don’t want to both...
06/03/2021
Venomous copperhead snake spotted in Lancaster County; what to do if you see one

If you see a snake while enjoying the outdoors, just step back and give it 10 feet of distance.

Snakes don’t want to bother us, don’t want to interact with us, but we need to be aware when we’re out ⤵ #ExplorePATrails

Keep your eyes open while hiking and biking this summer. A local reptile expert found a venomous copperhead snake on a popular trail Tuesday.

Please don't embarrass your dog by leaving his or her 💩 on the trail.Bag it, carry it out until you can properly dispose...
06/02/2021

Please don't embarrass your dog by leaving his or her 💩 on the trail.

Bag it, carry it out until you can properly dispose of it, and make your trail buddy proud!

#LeaveNoTrace #KeepPABeautiful #ExplorePATrails

Please don't embarrass your dog by leaving his or her 💩 on the trail.

Bag it, carry it out until you can properly dispose of it, and make your trail buddy proud!

#LeaveNoTrace #KeepPABeautiful #ExplorePATrails

The Susquehannock Trail system winds through 85 miles of challenging, big woods country in the Susquehannock State Fores...
06/01/2021

The Susquehannock Trail system winds through 85 miles of challenging, big woods country in the Susquehannock State Forest.

This designated state forest hiking trail in The PA Wilds is great for overnight backpacking or a demanding through-hike. Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/34zjovD. #TrailTuesday #ExplorePATrails

The Susquehannock Trail system winds through 85 miles of challenging, big woods country in the Susquehannock State Forest.

This designated state forest hiking trail in The PA Wilds is great for overnight backpacking or a demanding through-hike. Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/34zjovD. #TrailTuesday #ExplorePATrails

Happy National Camping Month Pennsylvania! ⛺️Staying overnight in Pennsylvania state parks and forests is a great way to...
06/01/2021

Happy National Camping Month Pennsylvania! ⛺️

Staying overnight in Pennsylvania state parks and forests is a great way to fully experience outdoor recreation.

We have opportunities for you to stay with us based on your level of comfort -- from the most rugged wilderness experience you can have to staying in luxury in our newest, greenest inn.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/2SQis3q

Happy National Camping Month Pennsylvania! ⛺️

Staying overnight in Pennsylvania state parks and forests is a great way to fully experience outdoor recreation.

We have opportunities for you to stay with us based on your level of comfort -- from the most rugged wilderness experience you can have to staying in luxury in our newest, greenest inn.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/2SQis3q

⚠️ Presque Isle State Park, PA is currently closed due to downed trees and power lines from today’s storms.The park also...
05/28/2021

⚠️ Presque Isle State Park, PA is currently closed due to downed trees and power lines from today’s storms.

The park also is under a Beach Hazard Warning through late Saturday.

Check the park website or contact the park office before heading to the park ➡️ https://bit.ly/3pwcd0h

⚠️ Presque Isle State Park, PA is currently closed due to downed trees and power lines from today’s storms.

The park also is under a Beach Hazard Warning through late Saturday.

Check the park website or contact the park office before heading to the park ➡️ https://bit.ly/3pwcd0h

Have you seen the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps crews out working in state parks and state forests?The Williamsport 10-mont...
05/28/2021

Have you seen the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps crews out working in state parks and state forests?

The Williamsport 10-month crew recently installed park welcome signs at Bald Eagle State Park just in time for the holiday weekend. #PAProud

We're wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.If you are heading out to a state park or forest, know ...
05/28/2021

We're wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.

If you are heading out to a state park or forest, know what to expect ➡️ https://bit.ly/3bYPc0M.

And be sure to take a moment to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our peace and freedom. 🇺🇸

We're wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.

If you are heading out to a state park or forest, know what to expect ➡️ https://bit.ly/3bYPc0M.

And be sure to take a moment to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our peace and freedom. 🇺🇸

Mimosa trees are popular for their fragrant, pink flowers. This invasive tree’s high seed production and sprouting abili...
05/27/2021

Mimosa trees are popular for their fragrant, pink flowers. This invasive tree’s high seed production and sprouting ability can create dense stands that shade out native vegetation ➡️ https://bit.ly/2SjRoqa.

A native alternative is the eastern redbud, which lights up the forest in spring with spectacular purple blossoms.

Native plants need less maintenance than non-natives, and in some cases have natural resistance to pests. Planting natives also attracts more wildlife to your backyard! ⤵ #iConservePA #PANativePlants

Mimosa trees are popular for their fragrant, pink flowers. This invasive tree’s high seed production and sprouting ability can create dense stands that shade out native vegetation ➡️ https://bit.ly/2SjRoqa.

A native alternative is the eastern redbud, which lights up the forest in spring with spectacular purple blossoms.

Native plants need less maintenance than non-natives, and in some cases have natural resistance to pests. Planting natives also attracts more wildlife to your backyard! ⤵ #iConservePA #PANativePlants

Crew members are still needed for the Pa. Outdoor Corps 6-week summer program in a couple areas across the state.Teens g...
05/27/2021

Crew members are still needed for the Pa. Outdoor Corps 6-week summer program in a couple areas across the state.

Teens get paid work experience, job training, and educational opportunities as they protect and restore public lands and waters.

Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, June 11. Applicants must be between the ages of 15-18 at the start of the program on July 2.

Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/2FUPHdR

Crew members are still needed for the Pa. Outdoor Corps 6-week summer program in a couple areas across the state.

Teens get paid work experience, job training, and educational opportunities as they protect and restore public lands and waters.

Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, June 11. Applicants must be between the ages of 15-18 at the start of the program on July 2.

Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/2FUPHdR

The first Fish-for-Free Day in Pennsylvania for 2021 will be this Sunday, May 30.Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone to lega...
05/27/2021

The first Fish-for-Free Day in Pennsylvania for 2021 will be this Sunday, May 30.

Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone to legally fish on PA waterways with no fishing license required. All other fishing regulations still apply.

Learn more 🎣➡️ https://bit.ly/2zUdjOi

The first Fish-for-Free Day in Pennsylvania for 2021 will be this Sunday, May 30.

Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone to legally fish on PA waterways with no fishing license required. All other fishing regulations still apply.

Learn more 🎣➡️ https://bit.ly/2zUdjOi

ATV riders can enjoy more than 777 miles of trails for riding. ATV riding is only allowed on designated ATV trails in Pe...
05/26/2021

ATV riders can enjoy more than 777 miles of trails for riding.

ATV riding is only allowed on designated ATV trails in Pennsylvania state forests.

Riders must have a registration for their ATV and liability insurance to ride on state forest trails.

Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/2UgOvrX

ATV riders can enjoy more than 777 miles of trails for riding.

ATV riding is only allowed on designated ATV trails in Pennsylvania state forests.

Riders must have a registration for their ATV and liability insurance to ride on state forest trails.

Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/2UgOvrX

DCNR Deputy Secretary Lauren Imgrund, State Forester Ellen Shultzabarger, and officials from Geisinger toured a streamsi...
05/26/2021

DCNR Deputy Secretary Lauren Imgrund, State Forester Ellen Shultzabarger, and officials from Geisinger toured a streamside buffer at Geisinger Woodbine Lane in Danville that demonstrates how property owners can include pollinator habit and recreation opportunities in projects that help reduce water pollution.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3flIcxh

Invasive forest pests can do incredible damage when in large numbers, and completely wipe out areas of woodland.DCNR has...
05/26/2021
Restoring a Forest Devastated by Gypsy Moth

Invasive forest pests can do incredible damage when in large numbers, and completely wipe out areas of woodland.

DCNR has been planting millions of trees to reforest areas effected by Lymantria dispar (Gypsy moth) ⤵️ #iConservePA

Planting trees as part of a return to a healthy forest.

05/26/2021
The Basics of Safe Boating

Gear up for a responsible and fun boating season in Pennsylvania state parks and forests this summer by making sure you are prepared. Learn more ⬇ #SafeBoating #SafeBoatingWeek #GetOutdoorsPA

The Westbrook Trail offers mountain bikers a great singletrack riding experience on a relatively flat grade through oak ...
05/25/2021

The Westbrook Trail offers mountain bikers a great singletrack riding experience on a relatively flat grade through oak and hardwood forests.

This trail is part of a network of other mountain biking trails in the White Deer Lake area, which provides more than 11 miles of riding opportunity in the Delaware State Forest. Learn more ➡ https://bit.ly/3fMKeFt #TrailTuesday #ExplorePATrails

The Westbrook Trail offers mountain bikers a great singletrack riding experience on a relatively flat grade through oak and hardwood forests.

This trail is part of a network of other mountain biking trails in the White Deer Lake area, which provides more than 11 miles of riding opportunity in the Delaware State Forest. Learn more ➡ https://bit.ly/3fMKeFt #TrailTuesday #ExplorePATrails

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to view the total lunar eclipse because it will happen as the moon sets in Pennsylvania;...
05/24/2021

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to view the total lunar eclipse because it will happen as the moon sets in Pennsylvania; but it will still be the biggest and brightest full moon of the year -- and that’s worth checking out! 🌕🔭 #ProtectTheNight

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to view the total lunar eclipse because it will happen as the moon sets in Pennsylvania; but it will still be the biggest and brightest full moon of the year -- and that’s worth checking out! 🌕🔭 #ProtectTheNight

05/22/2021
Garlic Mustard -- Invasive Species Spotlight

Invasive garlic mustard grows rapidly, each plant producing thousands of seeds that scatter nearby ➡️ https://bit.ly/2SjRoqa.

This prolific plant overtakes habitat and out competes native plants -- lowering biodiversity and preventing native wildlife from getting the nutrition they need. ⤵️ #NISAW #iConservePA

Myrtle -- or periwinkle -- is an invasive common ground cover plant that can take over an understory, removing habitat f...
05/20/2021

Myrtle -- or periwinkle -- is an invasive common ground cover plant that can take over an understory, removing habitat for native vegetation ➡️ https://bit.ly/2SjRoqa.

A great native alternative is common violet, which provides an early spring source of nectar for pollinators. #iConservePA #PANativePlants

Myrtle -- or periwinkle -- is an invasive common ground cover plant that can take over an understory, removing habitat for native vegetation ➡️ https://bit.ly/2SjRoqa.

A great native alternative is common violet, which provides an early spring source of nectar for pollinators. #iConservePA #PANativePlants

DCNR’s Wild Resource Conservation Program is accepting applications for grants to protect the state’s native biodiversit...
05/20/2021

DCNR’s Wild Resource Conservation Program is accepting applications for grants to protect the state’s native biodiversity.

The program safeguards Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants, and their habitat.

Grant applications will be accepted until Friday, July 16 in three areas: species surveys, conservation, and management.

Learn more 🌱➡️ https://bit.ly/3hHwbnA

DCNR’s Wild Resource Conservation Program is accepting applications for grants to protect the state’s native biodiversity.

The program safeguards Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants, and their habitat.

Grant applications will be accepted until Friday, July 16 in three areas: species surveys, conservation, and management.

Learn more 🌱➡️ https://bit.ly/3hHwbnA

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