- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2015 DCNR Plans Series of Public Meetings To Review Draft State Forest Management Plan Harrisburg, PA – A series of 12 statewide meetings has been planned by the state Bureau of Forestry to seek continued public input on changes to its master management plan charting the course of Pennsylvania’s state forests for future generations.
“Implementation of our last State Forest Resource Management Plan in 2007 gave us a solid foundation from which to manage our 2.2 million acres of state forest land, but eight years brings new threats, challenges and potential,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Changes proposed today enable us to better plan for tomorrow.” “Gifford Pinchot defined conservation as ‘wise use of the earth and its resources for the lasting good of men,’ and that tenet is embodied in this plan,” Dunn said.
“I invite all our state forest visitors to attend these sessions and learn more about the woodlands they know and love. Their attendance is crucial for the understanding of proposed updates, and these meetings are in line with the bureau’s ongoing commitment to continuously interact with the public on state forest management.
- Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area, DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry has scheduled 12 public meetings across the state to seek comment on revisions to its forest management plan.
Starting at 6:30 p.m. and lasting about two and one-half hours, these meetings specifically will focus on proposed plan revisions. The plan can be found at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/stateforestmanagement/sfrmp/2015sfrmp/index.htm
Scheduled meeting dates and locations are:
• Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Oct. 6, The Woodlands Resort;
• Stroudsburg, Oct. 7, Stroudsmoor Inn;
• Philadelphia: Oct. 8, Fairmount Park Horticultural Center;
• Renovo, Oct. 21, Renovo High School Cafeteria;
• Coudersport, Oct. 22, Pa. Lumber Museum, Josh Roth;
• Bedford, Oct. 27, Bedford Travelodge, Kathy Leonard;
• Pittsburgh, Oct. 28, Double Tree Hotel, Monroeville;
• Clarion, Oct. 29, Park Inn by Radisson;
• State College, Nov. 3, Ramada Inn-Nittany Room;
• Carlisle, Nov. 10, Comfort Suites;
• Williamsport, Nov. 12, Genetti Hotel-Terrace Room; and
• Harrisburg, Nov. 17 or 18, Rachel Carson State Office Building.
Written comments will be accepted until November 30. Interested parties may submit comments at StateForestPlan2015@pa.gov; at one of the public meetings; or by mail at: Bureau of Forestry Planning Section, P.O. Box 8552, Harrisburg PA 17105-8552.
There is also a webbased survey, available at the above website, which is a convenient way to provide feedback on the plan. MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Novak, 717 772-9101 Terry Brady, 717 705-2225 ###