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The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), established on July 1, 1995, is the agency in the U.S. State of Pennsylvaniamarker responsible for maintaining and preserving the state's 117 state parks and 20 state forests; providing information on the state's natural resources; and working with communities to benefit local recreation and natural areas.

The department was formed when then-governor Tom Ridge split the Department of Environmental Resources (DER) into the DCNR and Department of Environmental Protectionmarker (DEP).

Education

The DCNR is host to many different Environmental Education programs throughout the summer months. These range from topics such as "Leave No Trace" hiking/camping policy to the different wildlife and plant species of many of the state parks.

Law enforcement

DCNR Rangers act much like a National Park Ranger does. They routinely check on cabins and campsites, offer insightful answers to visitors questions, and help to maintain calmness throughout the parks. They have full arrest powers while in park lands and do carry sidearms. However, they do not have jurisdiction over Pennsylvania State Game Lands, which are patrolled by Wildlife Conservation Officers employed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. DCNR rangers do enforce game laws as well as fishing and boating laws in state parks, however, although the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is completely independent of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Both agencies are independent of DCNR, but do work in cooperation with each other.

Organizational structure

The DCNR comprises the following subunits:
  • Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry
    • Bureau of State Parks
    • Bureau of Forestry
  • Deputy Secretary for Conservation and Technical Services
  • Deputy Secretary for Administration
    • Bureau of Human Resources
    • Bureau of Administrative Services
    • Bureau of Information Technology
  • Office of Policy and Planning
  • Office of Education, Communications and Partnerships
  • Office of Conservation Science
  • Chief Counsel


See also



References

  1. Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
  2. DCNR Bureaus. Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved on 2009-05-31.
  3. DCNR Organization Chart. Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved on 2009-05-31.
  4. DCNR Executive Staff. Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved on 2009-05-31.


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