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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: October 13, 2020 04:26 PM
From: Representative Parke Wentling
To: All House members
Subject: Recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution recognizing and celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), created in July 1995; first headed by Secretary C. John Oliver III, and currently led by Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn.

Pennsylvania has one of the largest and most diverse state park systems in the country, with 121 park units attracting more than 40 million visitors annually.  Residents and visitors enjoy 3,912 marina slips, 864 bridges, 131 dams, and 6,537 campsites.

The Commonwealth has been recognized as a national leader in the protection and restoration of our parks and forests.  In addition, DCNR manages the State’s 2.2 million acres of forest lands, assuring their long-term health, sustainability, and economic use.

DCNR reports information on the Commonwealth’s ecological and geological resources.  It administers grant and technical assistance programs that benefit river conservation, trails and greenways, local recreation, regional heritage conservation and environmental education programs.

Please join me in appreciation of DCNR leadership and staff in this milestone year.  As we observe record increases in park usage this year, it is only fitting that we bring the efforts of this essential agency to the forefront.


State Representative Parke Wentling
17th Legislative District

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Introduced as HR1064