|Late Thursday came word from DCNR that the park closures will continue through May 8. Anyone with reservations for cabins, picnic pavilions, campsites, etc. through that date will automatically receive a refund of reservations and fees. In fact, you may have already received that communication from ReserveAmerica.
The Governor's color-coded (red, yellow, green) plan for reopening the state was announced Thursday morning. Working with Carnegie Mellon University to gather good, sound scientific evidence for the plan north-central and north-west regions of the state are planned to move from red to yellow at that time. We will learn with you how this goes. With five new cases in Somerset County between last week and this, the Metzgers plan to be wary. The state parks facilities now closed will be following the Governor's color-coded plan as well.
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Long-time readers may remember that Carmichaels Area High School (Fayette County) students were among the top performers at last summer's international Envirothon competition in Raleigh, NC. Now comes word that the middle and high school students have been honored with the 2020 MWEE School of Excellence Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators. MWEE? That's "Meaningful Watershed Education Experience" and the Carmichaels kids won for their project to restore habitat on the Ferncliff Peninsula right down the Yough River at Ohiopyle State Park.
Carmichaels was one of three recipients of this award along with Halifax Middle School (Perry County) for creation of an Environmental Field Day and Conestoga Valley High School (Lancaster County) for their school-wide "Green Team" and the promotion of on-campus recycling. Read more about these and other great programs on the awards page. Way to GO.
Before we let the big anniversary get too far in our rear view mirrors, check out the Pennsylvania Forestry Association's Spring newsletter all about Earth Day.
On the political front, an amendment to pending House legislation
freezing spending from some key conservation and community development funds passed on the day before Earth Day in spite of objections from nearly everyone in the environmental community. We will be opposing this in the Senate as well. Thanks to former DEP Secretary David Hess for the summary provided in his daily Environment Digest Blog.