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Hills Creek State Park
Photo by Jason Robson
Happy to report that I have now fulfilled my ambition to pay a visit to Yough Lake before Lake Appreciation Month draws to a close. We did indeed appreciate it.
If you were looking for a dramatic entry into the Capture the Sunset Week sweepstakes, then Jason Robson did a winner over Hills Creek State Park. Hope you were able to cast a glance skyward over the past week and preserve a snapshot in your mind. In truth, it's never really a bad time to gaze skyward.
It is with MUCH sadness that we acknowledge the passing way too soon of Lisa Bainey, formerly the park manager at Sinnemahoning State Park. Lisa was a great friend to Pennsylvania's outdoors and intended to become a member of the PPFF board of directors upon her retirement. Tragically she was diagnosed with a brain tumor not long after that retirement. Our loss is small compared to that of her family - and that includes you. Says Marci, "When you go to the wildlife center at Sinnemahoning, THAT is where you will see Lisa's influence." Do go there. It is wonderful, as was Lisa (seen here, front and center, cutting the ribbon on the center in 2011).
The Kildoo area of McConnells Mill State Park hosted a (sadly necessary) graffiti removal event on Wednesday afternoon. Marci was happy to work with park staff, members of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps, and to finally get to meet and work with the Salkelds of Stick City Brewing Company, whose regular contributions through 1% for the Planet finance great projects like this at McConnells Mill and Clear Creek state parks. And I've specifically chosen to include here the "after" picture of the graffiti because the "before" will just make you mad.
This week, DCNR announced new bat conservation guidelines for state forests. The guidelines involve the cutting and removal of trees along roadways in many of the state forests. The restrictions are not meant to be in effect year 'round but will instead be in place during critical times in the endangered bats' life cycle. These critters have faced some mighty challenges the last several years so let's leave them a place to regroup and renew. Don't we all look to our forests for that?
Thanks to the donors to the ongoing and expanded Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Shelter Areas fund the first of the bear poles has been installed at the 653 Shelter Area. If you would like to find out more about the project and make a contribution, visit the special funding initiative on our website.
If you're out and about at French Creek State Park this Saturday, PPFF Ambassador Margarita Caicedo will be there (fresh off a terrific appearance on BCTV's "A Su Salud" ("To Your Health") to talk about getting outdoors for health benefits and to share a bit about the unique history of Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center (where she is normally based). Take a moment to say "hola" if you see her.
Next Tuesday (the 27th) Marci will likewise be at French Creek at 10:00 AM to present the COVID-19 Champions award won by Cody Miller, maintenance supervisor at the park, and then on to Green Lane Park in Montgomery County at 2:00 PM for our two MontCo winners, Ryan Beltz of Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy and environmental educator Angelina Capozzi. Stop by!
Our good friends at Stahl Sheaffer Engineering surprised us with a donation from an event I think is just a hoot - Mallet Madness, a croquet tournament sponsored by the Selinsgrove Rotary Club. SSE's Jeremy Newcomb and Joe Moore took second place in the tourney and as a result PPFF will receive a $500 contribution. That might be what the croquet-ers call a "bonus stroke." Thank you, SSE!
I don't know about you but I think a state park croquet tournament is in order. How about that big beautiful field at Samuel S. Lewis State Park?
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Pictures of the Week
This incredible floral close up by Kristie Baldwin was taken on a recent visit to Sinnemahoning State Park. She didn't know what it was (and neither did I) but said it was "all over the park."
Which is a great thing because as it turns out, it's milkweed. Truly I never realized how lovely it is close up.
A close up of a different kind was captured by Emily Christine at Cook Forest State Park this week. I know. Some of you object to any snake encounter but, as you know, I find these creatures pretty fascinating.
Photographer Calvin Dziewulski says this is a "viscid violet cort" mushroom - snapped on a photogenic visit to Ohiopyle State Park. Jigsaw!
To be honest, I am not sure in WHAT park Angel Clausson's lovely campsite was located. There just has to be a nod given to the comfort (and coordination) of the set-up!
This week's bonus picture is a shot taken by Michael Carmo. I spotted another one on the PA Wildlife and Outdoors Book of Faceswhere Mike noted it was "another picture" of the roseate spoonbill who visited Newville (we'll call it close to Colonel Denning State Park) last week. Natch, I needed to follow Mike's profile to the original shots, including this one (a fabulous vertical). Do give it a click and take a look at Mike's other terrific pictures.
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