Monday, July 17, 2023

DCNR Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council Meets July 26 On State Forest Strategic Plan; Update From Fish & Boat Commission; Seeking New Council Members

Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council is scheduled to meet on July 26 on the State Forest Strategic Plan and hear an update from the Fish and Boat Commission.  DCNR is also seeking new members to fill vacancies on the Council.

Forests For All

Council members will hear an update on the final draft of the Bureau of Forestry’s Strategic Plan, Forests for All. 

The plan is the result of several years of stakeholder and staff input to determine how the Bureau will carry out its mission over the next two decades in light of significant ecological and societal change. 

The last strategic plan for the Bureau was written in the 1990s. Seth Cassell, the Director of Forest Planning and Administration for the Bureau, will outline components of the plan and the process for the public to provide input.

Fish & Boat Commission

Tim Schaeffer, Executive Director of the PA Fish and Boat Commission, will join the Council in person to talk about recent efforts by the Commission to partner with DCNR on public access, invasive species mitigation, water recreation safety, and habitat improvements.

Seeking New Members

Council is looking for interested candidates to fill current and future vacancies.  Interested individuals should have interest in and experience with DCNR work and programs and a background in recreation, natural resources and conservation work. 

Those interested should contact Nicole Faraguna at  

Public Comments

There will be two opportunities for public comment at the meeting.  If you are interested in presenting comments, please advise by email to no later than 5 p.m. on July 25.  You can provide comments at the beginning of the meeting or at the end of the meeting.  

You may also provide comments or questions after the meeting by emailing the same address or through the Council's website.

Join The Meeting

The meeting will be held in person at the Rachel Carson State Office Building, Room 105, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg starting at 10:00 a.m..  There is also an option to join the meeting virtually via Microsoft Teams by clicking here to register.

For more information, visit DCNR's Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council webpage.

Visit Explore PA Trails and Get Outdoors PA for recreation areas near you.

  For more information on state parks and forests and recreation in Pennsylvania, visit DCNR’s website, Visit the Good Natured DCNR Blog,  Click Here for upcoming events, Click Here to hook up with DCNR on other social media-- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

[Posted: July 17, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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