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House Environmental Committee To Consider Senate Oil & Gas Royalty Bills June 4

May 29, 2014

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to meet on June 4 to consider three Senate bills addressing oil and gas well royalty issues. more»

Budget Preview: 28 Days Before State Budget Deadline, Will Zack And Miri Get A Raise?

May 29, 2014

The deadline to have a state General Fund budget in place is July 1. more»

PEC Opposes Bill Mandating Different Environmental Safeguards For Conventional Wells

May 29, 2014

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council Tuesday sent a communication to the Pennsylvania State Senate to express its opposition to the recently introduced more»

Delaware County High School Team Claims State Envirothon Honors

May 29, 2014

Students of Penncrest High School in Delaware County walked off with first-place honors after competing May 20 and 21 in the 31st Pennsylvania State Envirothon at Susquehanna University and PPL Montour Preserve.The 2014 state champions scored 522.33 points of a possible 600 while competing this year with student teams from 64 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties more»

Northeast U.S. Forestry Group Honors DCNR Forester Mark Lewis

May 29, 2014

Accomplishments in cooperative forest management have earned a Bureau of Forestry employee Mark Lewis prestigious honors from the Nor more»

Susquehanna Riverlands Projects Receive Funding From DCNR

May 29, 2014

With funding assistance from DCNR, the Lancaster County Conservancy is awarding $72,125 in grants to six organizations that support the initiatives of the Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape.The region encompasses the Susquehanna River and riverside lands in York an more»

Rep. Heffley Announces Waste Coal Energy And Reclamation Tax Credit Bill

May 28, 2014

In an effort to promote the reclamation of former coal mining sites across the Commonwealth, Reps. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Jaret Gibbons (D-Lawrence) Wednesday announced the introduction of House Bill  2265 creating a Waste Coal Energy and Reclamation Tax Credit. more»

Delaware Highlands Conservancy Family Tree Summer Workshop Series

May 28, 2014

Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a series of three free educational workshops in summer 2014. more»

June 8 Fun Day At Game Commission Headquarters In Harrisburg

May 28, 2014

The Game Commission has teamed up with Members 1st Federal Credit Union to put on "Family Fun Day with the Game Commission," an event to be held June 8 at the Game Commission's Harrisburg headquarters.Plenty of activities are planned. Tours of the headquarters building will be conducted at regular intervals. more»

June 18 Open House Invites Comments On Planned Kinzua Bridge State Park Exhibits

May 28, 2014

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will hold an open house meeting for stakeholders and interested members of the public on June 18 to help plan the interpretive exhibits that will be included in a new park office/visitor center at Kinzua Bridge State Park, McKean County.The meeting will be held from 3:0 more»

AMR Community Leader Jim Resh Retires From Indiana Conservation District

May 28, 2014

Jim Resh has been an employee of the Indiana County Conservation District for 21 years where he served as District Manager and will be retiring this week. more»

EPA Brownfields Grants Help Western PA Communities

May 28, 2014

Several western Pennsylvania communities will share in a nationwide total of $67 million in brownfields funding announced Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties. more»

Counting American Chestnuts Workshop, Hike May 31 In Carbon County

May 28, 2014

On May 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The American Chestnut Foundation will be sponsoring an Appalachian Trail  MEGA Transect Chestnut Project training workshop at Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, Carbon County. The training will begin with a presentation from 10 a.m. - noon, followed by a hike from 1 - 3 p.m. more»

Susquehanna River Trail Roaring Bull Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboard Races June 7

May 28, 2014

Join the Susquehanna River Trail Association on June 7 for the Roaring Bull Canoe, Kayak, and Standup Paddleboard Races beginning at the mouth of Mahantango Creek (6 miles north of Millersburg at the Dauphin County line) and finishing at Millersburg’s MYO Park. more»

Attorney Harry Klodowski Nominated For President Of Air & Waste Management Assn.

May 28, 2014

Pittsburgh environmental attorney Harry Klodowski with Hull & Klodowski LLC,  has been nomina more»

2nd Annual Pennsylvania Fly Casting Championship Sept. 6

May 28, 2014

Fly casters will gather at the Carlisle Fairgrounds Sports and Outdoor Nationals show September 6 for the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania Fly Casting Championship. more»

Climate change, other factors may reshape central Appalachian forests

May 28, 2014

The hardwood forests of the central Appalachians are a bastion of biodiversity, providing protective habitat for some 6,000 species of plants and animals. They support a $5 billion forest products industry in Pennsylvania alone. But these forests face stresses that could change their character substantially over the next hundred years. One of these stresses is climate change. more»

CapWire: Commonwealth Court To Hear Lawsuit Against $383M In Gas Fund Transfers

May 27, 2014

Capitolwire.com reported Tuesday Commonwealth Court will hear argument Wednesday in a lawsuit by the PA Environmental Defense Fund filed against the Rendell Administration for transfer over $383 million in proceeds in DCNR’s Oil and Gas Fund to the General Fund. more»

CFA Awards $3.4 Million In Clean, Alternative Energy Grants To 4 Projects

May 27, 2014

The Commonwealth Financing Authority Tuesday announced the award of $3.4 million in clean and alternative energy project grants to four projects."The Corbett administration recognizes the importance of expanding our investments in the energy sector as we continue to make Pennsylvania a leader in the fiel more»

Friends of the Wissahickon Schedules June Walks In The Park

May 27, 2014

Enjoy June in the Wissahickon, when Friends of the Wissahickon Trail Ambassadors are offering free hikes in Wissahickon Valley Park in Montgomery County.  Click Here for a schedule of walks and other events.

Game Commission Urges Residents To Get Outdoors PA!

May 27, 2014

Never kayaked before, but itching to give it a try? more»

Promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2014

May 27, 2014

Following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty at Penn State, effective July 1.

PUC Updates PaPowerSwitch Again To Educate Consumers On Variable Electric Rates

May 27, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Tuesday announced several PAPowerSwitch.com updates to address this winter’s variable rate issues in the retail electricity market, including additional information on types of rates. more»

EPA Grant Helps Train Philadelphia Residents For Environmental Jobs

May 27, 2014

EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin visited the site of a North Philadelphia training center Tuesday where a nearly $200,000 EPA grant to the Energy Coordinating Agency will help train local residents for environmental cleanup jobs. more»

Game Commission: Do Not Disturb Young Wildlife

May 27, 2014

The leaves are green, the flowers are in bloom and, once again, it’s that time of year when a new generation of wildlife is making its arrival.And it’s almost a certainty that Pennsylvanians will encounter young wildlife, whether it be in their backyards or high on a mountain.“Being outdoors in the spring is an enjoyable way to spend time and learn more about nature,” said Calvin W. more»

USDA Chooses Chesapeake Bay Region For Additional Farm Bill Conservation Funding

May 27, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced the Chesapeake Bay region has been selected as one of eight Critical Conservation Areas, part of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program, in the federal Farm Bill. more»

PA Parks & Forests Foundation Launches 2014 Photo Contest

May 27, 2014

Capture the beauty, wonder and fun of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests and share those experiences in the PA Parks and Forests Foundation’s Through the Seasons 2014 Photo Contest. more»

Shale Development Seen as Generally Positive for Local Government Finances in Ten Oil and Gas Plays in the US

Researchers from the Duke University Energy Initiative gathered data from communities surrounding ten oil and gas plays to determine the net outcome of increased revenue and service demand costs in these regions.

Woods In Your Backyard Stormwater Workshop June 11 In Hershey

May 23, 2014

The Penn State Extension Greening the Lower Susquehanna Project and the Agriculture and Environment Center is hosting a Woods in Your Backyard Workshop in Shank Park, Bullfrong Valley Road, in Derry Township, Hershey, Dauphin County from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.This workshop will explore wh more»

Corbett Order Outlines Ground Rules For Leasing Additional DCNR Land For Drilling

May 23, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Friday issued Executive Order 2014-3 outlining the ground rules for leasing additional DCNR State Forest and State Park lands for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, but only if it would not result in additional long-term surface disturbance.The order supports the governor’s budget proposal to generate $75 million to help meet critical priorities. more»

Pennsylvania’s Hiking Week Showcasing State’s Trails, Walkways

May 23, 2014

Hikers can pick their pace and path through Pennsylvania’s bountiful outdoors when Hiking Week 2014 begins on May 24, offering participants a variety of organized hikes across the state.“Pennsylvania Hiking Week is a great time to explore the commonwealth’s numerous hiking trails,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti. more»

Rep. Vitali: DCNR Directed To Provide Information On Leasing Lands For Drilling

May 23, 2014

The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records on Thursday granted Rep. Greg Vitali's (D-Delaware) appeal seeking details about Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to raise $75 million through the additional leasing of mineral rights in state parks and forests for natural gas drilling.Rep. more»

Growing Greener Coalition: How To Be An Effective Environmental Advocate

May 23, 2014

PA Growing Greener Coalition Executive Director Andrew Heath passed along 10 rules for being an effective environmental advocate gleaned from remarks made by Kevin Abbey, ClearWater Conservancy; Oliver Bass, Natural Lands Trust; and Sean Robertson, Land Trust Alliance, during a panel discussion at the PA Land Trust Assoc more»

IRRC Approves PUC Regulations To Speed Switching Electric Suppliers

May 23, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Thursday applauded the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission for its approval of PUC regulations that provide consumers with the flexibility they need to move quickly away from electric generation rate increases and have all of the information they need to make an informed decision.“We want to commend the leadership of the IRRC commissioners in supporting u more»

DEP Citizens Advisory Council Urges Major Review Of Act 537 Onlot Sewage Program

May 23, 2014

DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council Wednesday recommended DEP undertake a major review of the Act 537 Onlot Septic System Program with the goal of including more onlot septic system technology options and integrating sewage planning with other water-related planning programs. more»

Gift of $100K to support collaboration between Penn State and Ukraine

May 23, 2014

Penn State programs that foster collaboration between the College of Agricultural Sciences and agricultural universities in Ukraine will get a boost as the result of a gift from a local family. more»

Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Sponsors 2 Stream Buffer Plantings In June

May 22, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA is sponsoring two stream buffer plantings in June in Dauphin and Lancaster counties, according to Kate Austin, PA Grassroots Field Organizer. more»

Yellow Breeches Watershed Assn. On-The-Water Cleanup July 19

May 22, 2014

The Yellow Breeches Watershed Association in Cumberland County is planning an on-the-water paddle cleanup for July 19.  An informational flyer and registration information will be posted on the YBWA Facebook page in the near future. more»

Reminder: PROP Waste Watcher Award Applications Due May 30

May 22, 2014

The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania are accepting applications for its annual Waste Watcher Awards Program until May 30.  Click Here for details.

New recording explores capacity of Northeast US to meet food, bioenergy needs

May 22, 2014

A recent lecture that explored the capacity of the Northeast US to meet its food and bioenergy needs is now available as an online recording. The lecture, delivered by Christian Peters of Tufts University, was part of the 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Seminar Series organized by the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

New recording explores capacity of Northeast US to meet food, bioenergy needs

May 22, 2014

A recent lecture that explored the capacity of the Northeast US to meet its food and bioenergy needs is now available as an online recording. The lecture, delivered by Christian Peters of Tufts University, was part of the 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Seminar Series organized by the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

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