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Gov. Corbett Cuts Senate, House Funding $72.2 Million, Reviewing Options On Pensions

July 10, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday he has signed the FY 2014-15 state budget and the Fiscal Code bill, but bluelined (cut) $72.2 million in funding going to the Senate and House saying they need to participate in being financially responsible to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania. more»

Committee recommends 2014-15 University budget

July 10, 2014

Penn State’s Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today (July 10) recommended for approval a $4.6 billion University operating budget for 2014-15.

WSJ: Stabilizing Crude Oil First Makes It Safer To Ship By Rail

July 10, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday the federal government is considering whether to require companies shipping crude oil by train to first stabilize the oil by removing volatile gases before shipment. more»

Gov. Corbett Budget Announcement Thursday

July 9, 2014

Gov. Corbett said he will have a budget announcement Thursday.

PUC Approves UGI’s Long-Term Natural Gas Infrastructure Improvement Plan

July 9, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Wednesday approved the long-term infrastructure improvement plan (LTIIP) for UGI Utilities, Inc. – Gas Division (UGI).“One of the main criteria that the Commission must use in judging the adequacy of an LTIIP is whether the plan accelerates the replacement of aging infrastructure,” said PUC Chairman Robert F. more»

DEP: Search For Missing Nuclear Gauge Continues In Pittsburgh Region

July 9, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection and police in Pittsburgh and Mount Lebanon said Wednesday they are continuing their investigat more»

Pennsylvania Receives Federal Funding For Local Parks, Outdoor Recreation

July 9, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday announced Pennsylvania will receive $1.37 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund for local park, outdoor recreation and conservation projects.“These funds will be awarded through DCNR as part of our grant program that helps local communities plan, acquire and develop parks and trails and conserve natural areas,” Corbett said. more»

Volunteers Help Revamp Philadelphia Playground

July 9, 2014

Volunteers came together to lend a dilapidated playground a neighborly hand on June 17 to revamp the Clayborn & Lewis Playground in West Philadelphia. more»

Prowl the Sproul State Forest Hiking Activities Set For July 18-20

July 9, 2014

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry invites hikers and other visitors to sample the rugged beauty of Sproul State Forest when a three-day “Prowl the Sproul” series of hikes steps off July 18 in Clinton and Centre counties.Marking its 11th year, the increasingly popular more»

Reminder: DCNR TreeVitalize Tree Planting Grant Applications Due July 15

July 9, 2014

DCNR officials remind municipalities and local officials the deadline is nearing to apply for grants to aid in tree planting in public rights-of ways and parks.Applicants from counties other than Allegheny and those outside the southeastern section of the state (Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties) have until July 1 more»

DCNR’s July 9 Resource Newsletter Now Available

July 9, 2014

The July 9 DCNR Resource newsletter is now available.  Click Here to register to receive your own copy (bottom of the page).

House Returns To Session Aug. 4 To Do Philly Cigarette Tax

July 9, 2014

The House will return to session August 4 to consider House Bill 1177 (Lucas-R-Crawford) authorizing Philadelphia to impose a new cigarette tax to fund Philly schools.  more»

Radio tags, telemetry used in river-bass-movement research

July 9, 2014

If you catch a smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna or its tributaries, with a wire trailing from its underside, it is a participant in a study of fish movement related to wider research into the causes of fish diseases in the river system.

Allegheny County Men Convicted Of Illegal Dumping

July 9, 2014

On July 3 Michael Paul Leese, 32 and Terrell Montgomery, 45, both from Pittsburgh, were found guilty of illegal dumping debris from an excavac vehicle in the Larimer section of Pittsburgh by the Honorable Jeffery A. Manning. Leese was fined $500 plus court fees and Montgomery was fined $300 plus court fees. Both parties have 30 days to appeal. more»

PA Outdoor Writers Assn. Spring PowWow Newsletter Now Available

July 9, 2014

The Spring issue of the PowWow newsletter is now available from the PA Outdoor Writers Association.  Click Here to read a copy.

Northcentral PA Conservancy Hosts Agricultural BMP Field Days August 5-8

July 9, 2014

The Northcentral PA Conservancy will host an Agricultural Best Management Practices Field Days on August 5, 6, 7 and 8 at the Steven and Esther Martin Farm near Lewisburg, Union County.For five summers, county conservation districts have been working with the Fish and Boat Commission on projects to install projects along sediment-impaired streams. more»

Budget Briefing: Gov. Corbett Now Has All The Pieces

July 9, 2014

By a vote of 26 to 22, the Senate Tuesday concurred in House changes to the Fiscal Code Bill-- House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga)-- designed to implement parts of the state budget, and sent the bill to Gov. Corbett for his action. more»

Two Shale Programs Will Be Held in Lycoming County This Month

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Natural Gas Development, Process & Leasing Considerations

When: Monday, July 14, 2014, 6:30 to 9:00 PM

Where: Community Baptist Church Worship Center, 1853 State Rte. 87, Montoursville PA 17754. more»

Sen. Scarnati To Governor: Now Sign The Budget

July 8, 2014

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) issued this statement after the Senate Tuesday send the Fiscal Code bill to the Governor for his action: “Last month Gov. Corbett clearly stated that he would not consider new revenue options to balance the 2014-15 state budget unless the issues of liquor and pensions were both completed. more»

Senate Sends Fiscal Code Bill Fundamentally Changing How Conventional Drilling Is Regulated To Governor

July 8, 2014

By a vote of 26-22, the Senate late this afternoon sent the Fiscal Code bill-- House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga)-- that contains a provision fundamentally changing the way conventional oil and gas operations are regulated in Pennsylvania to the Governor for his action. more»

Jennifer Sherwood New Land Protection Coordinator, Delaware Highlands Conservancy

July 8, 2014

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is extremely pleased to welcome Jennifer Sherwood to the organization as the new Land Protection Coordinator. more»

Student Stories: Rocky Mountain High -- Landscape major loved internship

July 8, 2014

Senior Landscape Contracting major Jamie Milletary packed a single suitcase and flew off to Denver seeking the freedom and independence she had always craved.

Best Views In Pennsylvania

July 8, 2014

Outdoor Writer Marcus Schneck of the Patriot-News compiled a wonde more»

West Branch Susquehanna River Sojourn August 13-17

July 7, 2014

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership is now accepting registrations for the August 13-17 West Branch Susquehanna River Sojourn. Participants will travel 64 miles from Renovo to Jersey Shore, Pa. more»

The Nature Conservancy Environmental Action For The Future Program Involves PA Students

July 7, 2014

Students from the Walter Biddle Saul High School in Philadelphia are part of The Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) Program are heading out for a great summer adventure to nature preserves in 2 more»

PA Parks And Forests Foundation Announces Partnership With PSECU

July 7, 2014

July is Park and Recreation Month, and what better way to celebrate our state parks and forests than to become a member of the PA Parks and Forests Foundation. more»

Help Wanted: Headwaters RC&D Council Program Specialist

July 7, 2014

The Headwater Resource Conservation and Development Council is seeking candidates for a Program Specialist position for its DuBois office. The deadline to apply is July 25.  Click Here for details.

DEP: Rebates Still Available For Alternative Fuel Vehicles

July 4, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the July 5 PA Bulletin that rebates are still available under the Alternative Fuel Vehicles Rebate Program. more»

DCNR Holds Aug. 5 Hearing On Wild Resource Conservation Program Applications

July 4, 2014

The DCNR Wild Resource Conservation Program will hold a hearing on funding applications on August 5 in the 6th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson Building, Harrisburg starting at 10:00. more»

Ag Progress Days caters to research 'tour'-ists

July 3, 2014

If you have an interest in research related to agriculture and natural resources, organizers of Penn State's Ag Progress Days have a deal for you. Come to the event, Aug. 12-14, board a bus and you'll be transported into the field, where you can learn about topics such as crop production, woodlot management, wildlife habitat, biofuel feedstocks and water quality.

Lonie becomes Penn State's 'advocate-in-chief' for ag education

July 3, 2014

It would be difficult to find anyone with more enthusiasm for agriculture than Jean Lonie. more»

Scorecard On Budget: Senate, House Left Town, Corbett Still Wants Pension Reform

July 3, 2014

At best, the FY 2014-15 state budget is still a work in progress.  The Senate and House both passed a General Fund budget-- House Bill 2328 (Adolph-R-Delaware)-- to beat the June 30 budget deadline, but instead of signing the bill right away, Gov. more»

House Amends, Returns Fiscal Code Bill To Senate For Concurrence, Adjourns

July 2, 2014

After amending House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga), the Fiscal Code bill designed to implement parts of the state budget, the House voted 121 to 78 to send the measure back to the Senate. more»

Gov. Corbett: All Options On The Table, Including Vetoing The Budget, To Get Action On Pension Issue

July 2, 2014

At a 3:00 press conference Wednesday, Gov. Corbett said all options are on the table-- including vetoing the budget passed by the General Assembly in House Bill 2328 (Adolph-R-Delaware)--  to get meaningful action on pension reform by the House and Senate. more»

PEC Urges Toomey Not To Eliminate Federal Transportation Alternatives Program

July 2, 2014

The PA Environmental Council Wednesday wrote to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey urging him to discontinue efforts to eliminate the federal Transportation Alternatives Program which helps fund trail development projects in Pennsylvania and other states. more»

PA Environmental Council Urges House To Eliminate Ill-Advised Conventional Well Language In Fiscal Code

July 2, 2014

The PA Environmental Council Wednesday sent a letter to each member of the House urging them to eliminate language in the Fiscal Code bill-- House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga)-- that would set different operational and environmental standards for regulating more»

Roush named new dean of College of Agricultural Sciences

July 2, 2014

Penn State announced today (July 2) that Richard Roush will be the new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, pending approval by the University Board of Trustees at its July 11 meeting. His appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2014.

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