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Outdoors

Pennsylvania experts offer foliage tips for residents and travelers

Harrisburg — To highlight some of the world’s most beautiful, diverse fall foliage, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is making its experts available to serve as regional advisers, offering tips and resources to help residents and visitors experience a ...

Raking up bay grass beds done in a bid to restore them

Restoring the Chesapeake Bay’s depleted underwater meadows is a painstaking process, requiring lots of elbow grease, savvy and patience. Paradoxically, it begins by pulling up a little of what’s left of the critical aquatic habitat. Standing knee-deep in the Wye River on Maryland’s ...

Sustainable forestry

BELLEFONTE — Did you know that Pennsylvania is nearly 60 percent forested? Approximately 70 percent of this land is owned by over 750,000 private forestland owners. Most of the remainder (25%) is owned by the public in the form of state forests, game lands and national forests. While our ...

‘God’s engineers’: How beavers can repair an ecosystem

Faithful readers know that I have become a beaver believer. For most of the time that the Chesapeake Bay has existed, beavers by the millions inhabited every nook and cranny of the six-state watershed (and most of North America). By damming, digging and ponding, the rodents controlled the ...

Hunting theme no longer mandatory in US duck stamp contest

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Artists will no longer have to incorporate hunting imagery to win a coveted spot for their work on the federal duck stamp, a reversal of a Trump-era requirement. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it’s eliminating the “celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage” ...

At the parks

Hike the Lake Shore Trail LITTLE PINE — On Friday, Sept. 3, at 2:30 p.m., join the naturalist at Little Pine State Park to “Hike the Lake Shore Trail.” There will be a discussion about the flora and fauna seen along the trail as well as the history of the area. There will also be a look ...