Thursday, January 21, 2021

DCNR Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council To Hear Presentations On Historic Park, Forest Visitation Numbers, PA Wilds Jan. 27

Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council will meet virtually January 27 to hear presentations on the historically high visitation numbers to Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.

The Council will also hear a presentation on the Pennsylvania Wilds and a plan by the Maryland Air National Guard for a low-level training flyover area in the PA Wilds.

DCNR's State Parks Director John Hallas and State Forester Ellen Shultzabarger will discuss the challenges and opportunities of sustained increased usage in state parks and forests in the coming months and years. 

Results from a Lion Poll survey on usage of outdoor recreation interest during the pandemic also will be presented.

Also joining the meeting will be Ta Enos, CEO of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, and DCNR’s Conservation Landscape Program Director Meredith Hill for an overview of the Pennsylvania Wilds, highlighting the significant economic impact of outdoor recreation on this area of Pennsylvania.

DCNR received notice last year that the Maryland Air National Guard is proposing to establish low-level (down to 100 feet above ground level) training flyovers over a portion of the Pennsylvania Wilds.  Read more here.

CNRAC anticipates reviewing and commenting on the National Guard’s Environmental Assessment on this proposed project when it is released in early 2021.

Public Comments

There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the meeting. If you are interested in presenting comments at the meeting, please advise Katrina Harris by email to no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, so you can be added as an active participant. 

Comments or questions can be submitted after the meeting by emailing the same address or through the Council’s webpage.

Join The Meeting

The meeting will start at 10:00 a.m. on January 27.  Click Here to join the meeting online by WebEx.

For more information, visit DCNR’s Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council webpage.  Questions should be directed to Katrina Harris by email to

  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.

(Reprinted from DCNR’s January 20 Resource newsletter.  Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)

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[Posted: January 21, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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