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Our Mission: Inspire Stewardship of Pennsylvania's State Parks and Forests
Forest Light - Linn Run State Park
Bob Stough
Closed out yesterday with a start. Wait? What? It's Thursday? Somehow I lost track of a whole day this week. So we're brief today. 

I'll blame the heat for toasting my perception; Bob Stough's forest interior masthead feels like a cool breeze, doesn't it?

Pam Metzger
Membership Coordinator
Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation

News of Note

Another quick video comes from PPFF Marci this week. But who are we fooling? The real star of the thing is Izzy Dog. She's a great - and responsible - hiker. (Both Izzy and Marci.) Give a click and learn more. 

While we're on the subject of videos, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum has a great one on the Civilian Conservation Corps, just posted, featuring PPFF member John Eastlake. John is a CCC historian, absolutely determined to make sure that we do not forget the contributions of the Boys. Thank you, John!

Reminder: The Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of Forestry is in the process of writing a new Strategic Plan that will set the bureau’s mission and overarching goals. It guides how the Bureau provides leadership in forest management and conservation on both public and private lands in urban and rural areas. The survey linked below is intended to obtain input pertaining to the new Bureau of Forestry Strategic Plan. Please feel free to forward the link to this survey to others.  Opinions about these critical strategic questions will prove valuable in the planning process. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey link will remain active until August 31, 2020.  This is the website for the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BOFplan

The Endangered Species Coalition invited you to a virtual speaker series to spotlight regions and habitats throughout Pennsylvania which are recognized as existing or potential wildlife corridors. 

This coming Monday, July 13th at 7pm via Zoom the subject is “A different type of corridor”. Explore what happens when wildlife corridors are fractured by roads, pipelines, transmission lines, and other similar man-made structures. Dan Lynch, Wildlife Education Specialist and Deputy Game Warden in south-eastern Pennsylvania, and Lillie Langlois, PhD from the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State will discuss how these human creations in areas of extensive natural habitat impact different species and ecological groups.

Register online and learn more (as well as receive links to the previous presentations). 

Pictures of the Week

As ever, thanks to the talented photographers who post and share their work on the World Wide Web. They inspire!
This is a gorgeous panoramic shot of Sayers Lake at Bald Eagle State Park from Fotography by Felicia. 
There's just the slightest hint of fairy dust in this one. Doug Clifford in the woods at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. 
Here's a rare and lovely vertical panorama from Tawnya Laye Finney on the Hiking & Backpacking PA Book of Faces. The accompany post on water quality and behavior at a community reservoir (here, Long Pine in the Michaux State Forest) is interesting reading as well. Oh, yes. It's our jigsaw this week
Photographer Steve Miller calls this one "Milky Way Over a Mountain Bike" and since it's another vertical pano, you'll have to give it a click to see all of both! The Quehanna Wild Area is one of those places I need to visit. 

At Work and Play in the Parks and Forests

As noted previously, events (involving fewer than 25 people) are starting to make a comeback. In any instance, it is always wise to make a call to the appropriate park office or sponsoring organization to make sure an event is truly going to take place or that space is available.
North Cherry Springs State Park 7/11/2020 8:00 PM  Constellations & the Night Sky (a virtual program - registration required)
South Samuel Lewis State Park 7/11/2020 2:00 PM Shad in the Susquehanna
East Hickory Run State Park 7/12/2020 6:00 PM Fireline Vista Hike
West Moraine State Park 7/12/2020 2:00 PM Salamander Safari (registration required)

A Look Ahead to Upcoming Events

These and other fun events and fulfilling volunteer opportunities can be found on the PPFF events calendar and DCNR Calendar of Events. Bookmark them and you'll never miss the boat (or hike or pedal).


Take Five for Trivia

Lest there be any doubt about the importance of our local parks to their communities, DCNR's interactive map includes approximately 6,000 of them!

Key component to family time in a park? Picnics! While we play with numbers this Parks & Recreation Month, how many picnic tables (roughly) are spread throughout the state parks?

Send your answer to me and I'll enter you into the month's random drawing for a goodie from the prize closet if you answer correctly. Enter each week for more chances to win.

Where Are We?

Places boxed in red are from photos and calendar listings; the white boxes illustrate the "upcoming" events. 

In Closing

Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation (PPFF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization - contributions to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. The official registration and financial information of PPFF may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling, toll-free within Pennsylvania, to 800.732.0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
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