HARRISBURG, PA – To promote a healthy start to the new year, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) officials will be joining hikers at several parks across the state as DCNR again sponsors free, guided hikes in 30 state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.
“Our First Day Hikes help remind people our state parks and forests are open for healthy outdoor adventures in all four seasons, including winter,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “They are a terrific way to make a resolution to enjoy nature, get more exercise and encourage keeping that New Year’s resolve through the coming years.”
Dunn noted 2017’s First-Day events drew almost 1,970 visitors who hiked more than 5,180 miles in state parks across Pennsylvania.
Erie, PA – Wolf Administration officials today joined local and business officials at Presque Isle State Park to unveil plans to improve traffic flow, facilities and mobility within the park, as well as enhanced connections to and along the Erie Bayfront. Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and Community and Economic Development (DCED) officials were onsite for the event, highlighting the collective state contribution to the project.
PennDOT is beginning two initiatives in the area – a multimodal study within the park, the state’s most heavily visited with 4 million annual visits, as well as concept refinement and preliminary engineering for projects along Erie’s Bayfront Parkway.
“Transportation should help support community growth and opportunities, and these two improvement initiatives go to the heart of that goal,” Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “We’re not only supporting safer and better mobility, but we’re also complementing the efforts of our business partners.”
Harrisburg, PA - Offering white-tailed deer hunters more hunting opportunities across Pennsylvania, state forestlands and state parks again are participating in the Pa. Game Commission’s Deer Management Assistance Program, or DMAP.
DMAP allows landowners to apply for permits to encourage antlerless harvests on their property, enabling DCNR and private landowners to more effectively manage white-tailed deer populations and curtail damage to forests and crops.
“We find it supportive that the PA Game Commission found our original allocation recommendations were based on sound science,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Our biologists, foresters and park managers continue to ascribe to a dynamic, thorough, detailed and scientific process that leads to all DCNR applications for DMAP permits.”
DCNR now is offering hunters 20,736 permits in 79 units totaling 968,054 acres. In 2016, 18,129 DMAP coupons were offered for 80 units totaling 973,363 acres.