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BLOG: State Parks System Grows Stronger in 2015

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: State Parks System Grows Stronger in 2015 January 26, 2016 By: Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resourcescenter_img Environment,  The Blog,  Year in Review Some of the country’s biggest cities, like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania’s small towns like Confluence in the southwest, Ridgway in the Pennsylvania Wilds and Jim Thorpe in the Poconos, have recognized the value of their rivers, trails and parks as amenities that spur business development and draw people to downtowns.Our special places, wildlife and landscapes are important to our well-being, our identity and help us attract tourists for outdoor adventures and to keep our communities vibrant.As Pennsylvania’s largest land manager, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is leading outdoor recreation initiatives to invigorate citizens and communities, encourage healthy lifestyles, create jobs that pay and promote environmental stewardship. It’s been a productive year.ConservationConserving our natural places, providing citizens and visitors with opportunities for outdoor experiences, and harnessing our natural resources responsibly improve our economy and quality of life for all Pennsylvanians. One of the first actions Governor Wolf took was to sign an executive order reinstating a moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development on state park and forest lands. With the moratorium in place, DCNR continues to monitor current activity and adapt management practices.Our state parks host 38 million visitors annually, support more 13,000 jobs, and provide $1.2 billion in economic activity in nearby communities. In 2015, DCNR added more than 25,000 acres of land to our state park and forest system. We also collected more than 4,000 comments to inform a plan to manage our state forests to make sure they are healthy and productive for many years.Outdoor RecreationCreating healthy and livable communities that support jobs that pay includes successfully serving the recreation needs of those who live, work and play in them. DCNR in 2015 rolled out a 5-year plan with 83 action steps to improve our opportunities for outdoor recreation and adventures all across the commonwealth.The plan tells us Pennsylvanians love to walk trails, especially close to home; watch wildlife; and are increasingly interested in kayaking and winter activities. Pennsylvania has them all! It provides a road map for the next several years to make communities more desirable places to live, provide children safe places to play, and protect the natural environment. To help citizens find a place to play outdoors that’s close to home, DCNR launched a new web page of 5,600 local parks that is searchable by name, region and location.SustainabilityDCNR is looking for opportunities to grow our recreational and tourism economy through a revitalized park and forest system that ensures we are conserving our natural resources and protecting our people and the environment. Three buildings on DCNR lands, including a new visitor center at Ohiopyle State Park, received top certifications for being green and sustainable in 2015. The department also treated thousands of trees for invasive pests like hemlock wooly adelgid and emerald ash borer, and planted 1.8 million tree seedlings.A government that works protects our natural heritage and secures its future for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians.  DCNR made good on that promise in 2015. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 22, 2019

COULD REFUSAL TO SWAP SHIRT SIGNAL END FOR DONEGAL STAR

first_imgAs the post-mortem into Donegal’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat against Mayo continues, the question on many supporters minds is who will still be around for the 2016 campaign. Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan announced his imminent move to the Middle East earlier today which will almost certainly signal the end of his inter-county career.That move has brought into sharp focus the future of many of the other Donegal stars that are in their 30’s. At the end of the game on Saturday evening a disconsolate Colm McFadden trudged towards the tunnel.The St Michael’s clubman was approached by a couple of Mayo players who wanted to swap jerseys with him.He declined on both occasions which got some Donegal supporters asking the question was he wanting to keep hold of the jersey because he knew it was his last game?McFadden enjoyed a fine season for Donegal, he was employed in a deeper position but enjoyed some excellent performances. Most notable was his man-of-the-match display against Derry, and he had a cracking game against Galway in the qualifier.However, could Saturday’s match against Mayo be the last time we see McFadden in a Donegal jersey?Only time will tell, the players will immerse themselves into club championship action over the next few weeks and will reflect on their Donegal futures during the winter.   COULD REFUSAL TO SWAP SHIRT SIGNAL END FOR DONEGAL STAR was last modified: August 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more