Thursday, August 31, 2017

DCNR Launches New Redesigned Website, Good Natured Blog

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Thursday launched a redesigned website  as part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s efforts to make government more accessible for citizens.  
“Just in time for visitors looking for information on where to get outdoors for the upcoming holiday weekend, the newly-refreshed website is designed to help our customers find the information they are looking for quickly, and in a format that works well on phones and other mobile devices,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We are providing a survey for visitors that will stay up for about a year to get some insights and feedback on the new format.”
Some new features on the site include:
-- New pages for outdoor recreation activities that combine information for state parks and forests all in one place, and offer connections to events for that activity and other tips, such as how to stay safe;
-- A blog called Good Natured that will highlight the feature article from the resource newsletter and allow the homepage to continuously feature new content; and
-- Photo galleries on the landing page for each state forest and park that give a taste of the places to visit and beautiful views on DCNR lands.
In addition to recreation, the four additional tabs that organize information are:
-- Conservation – providing information on the steps DCNR is taking to conserve natural resources, and simple steps we can take collectively;
-- Communities – information to assist communities and partners with maintaining and improving natural, recreational and cultural amenities;
-- Business – partner information on topics including infrastructure, concessions, timber for forest products, and licenses for water well drillers; and
-- Education – conservation and education programs and opportunities for people of all ages to improve understanding about the environment, conservation, and recreation in Pennsylvania.
Icons on the homepage help customers quickly get to information about: Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks and 20 state forest districts; State park reservations; Trails; DCNR grants and events; Local parks; and Geologic resources.
In addition to the website, customers can interact with DCNR on Facebook @padcnr, on Twitter @DCNRnews, and on Instagram at padcnr.
For more information on state parks and forests and recreation in Pennsylvania, visit DCNR’s website, Click Here to sign up for the Resource newsletter, 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.

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