Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources http://wesa.fm en Which PA Waterway Will Win River of the Year? http://wesa.fm/post/which-pa-waterway-will-win-river-year <p>Which stream in Pennsylvania will succeed the Monongahela as River of the Year?&nbsp;</p><p>Voting for the annual River of the Year competition closes Dec. 27.</p><p>For 30 years, Pennsylvanians have been able to vote for their favorite waterways in the commonwealth.</p><p>This year the five nominees are the Schuylkill, Kiskiminetas-Conemaugh, Ohio, Brodhead Creek Watershed and the West Branch of the Susquehanna.</p><p>Amy Camp, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Land and Water Trails specialist, said they look at the waterway’s conservation successes and needs over the years.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 20871 at http://wesa.fm Leaf Peepers, Rejoice: Good Weather Expected to Bring Bright Fall Colors http://wesa.fm/post/leaf-peepers-rejoice-good-weather-expected-bring-bright-fall-colors <p>Experts are saying healthy amounts of rain and fair temperatures throughout Pennsylvania this year should bring a dazzling display of fall foliage.</p><p>Leaves in the southwestern region of the commonwealth are expected to reach their fullest color between mid- and late-October.</p><p>Doug Langford, a forester with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said people living in a more urban environment should take a trip to the countryside if they want to have a true fall experience.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 16893 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania State Parks Part of 'Great Outdoors Month' http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-state-parks-part-great-outdoors-month <p>It’s “Great Outdoors Month” across the nation, and for the fifth year, just about every one of Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks has planned something special to encourage people to explore outdoor recreation.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:11:28 +0000 Charlee Song 11137 at http://wesa.fm Firewood Quarantine in Effect to Stop Spread of Insects, Disease to Trees http://wesa.fm/post/firewood-quarantine-effect-stop-spread-insects-disease-trees <p>Thanks to the presence of disease and tree-killing insects such as the emerald ash borer, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is reminding residents of the firewood quarantine in place.</p><p>People are asked to not move firewood more than 50 miles from its origin, and wood products cannot be moved out of Bucks County at all because of thousand cankers disease.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:33:36 +0000 Deanna Garcia 10700 at http://wesa.fm Firewood Quarantine in Effect to Stop Spread of Insects, Disease to Trees Pennsylvania Hikers Trek the Trails for Hiking Week http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-hikers-trek-trails-hiking-week <p>The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources wants you to slip on your hiking boots and trek the trails of Pennsylvania.</p><p>The department hopes Hiking Week 2013 will showcase Pennsylvania’s many trails and walkways.</p><p>Through June 2, DCNR and the Keystone Trails Association will offer outdoors adventurers more than 70 organized hikes, and they hope to make that number grow to 100 organized hikes by the end of the week.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 10087 at http://wesa.fm Hemlock Killer Makes Its Way to Western Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/hemlock-killer-makes-its-way-western-pennsylvania <p>A small killer is making its way through Pennsylvania, leaving dead hemlock trees in its wake.</p><p>According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the hemlock woolly adelgid has been detected in Cook Forest State Park in Clarion County and Clear Creek State Park in Jefferson County.</p><p>The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an invasive beetle-like insect originating from southern Japan. The adelgid multiplies at the base of a tree and moves upward attaching itself to the underside of branches.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 7487 at http://wesa.fm