Tuesday October 9, 2018

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 64; no rain






 Wolf administration plan on more electric car charging stations at state parks….Public meeting on expanding ATV use on state lands scheduled for next Monday in Coudersport…..Emporium man accused of killing neighbor’s cat and encouraging his children to shoot it….Retail theft charges filed against another Emporium resident….. 

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Department of Conservation and Natural Resources  last week  in dedicated an electric car charging station at Prince Gallitzin State Park. The event at the Cambria County park signaled the department’s future commitment to similar installations at more than 40 state parks and forests throughout the state to help reduce greenhouse gases, lessens smog, and improve air quality statewide.

The charging station at Prince Gallitzin is the second to be installed in the state parks system. Another was installed at Kinzua Bridge, McKean County, a focal point of the Pennsylvania Wilds. Installation of other charging stations, capable of fully charging vehicles in 2.5 to 7 hours, is expected by 2020.

Electric car charging stations will be installed at the following locations:

Beaver County: Raccoon Creek State Park

Bedford County: Shawnee State Park

Berks County: French Creek State Park, Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

Bucks County: Delaware Canal State Park, Nockamixon State Park

Butler County: Jennings Environmental Education Center, Moraine State Park

Carbon County: Hickory Run State Park

Centre County: Black Moshannon State Park, Bald Eagle State Park

Chester County: Marsh Creek State Park

Clarion County: Cook Forest State Park

Crawford County: Pymatuning State Park

Cumberland County: Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Colonel Denning State Park; Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

Delaware County: Ridley Creek State Park

Elk County: Elk Country Visitor Center

Erie County: Presque Isle State Park

Fayette County, Ohiopyle State Park

Franklin County: Caledonia State Park

Fulton County: Cowans Gap State Park

Huntingdon County: Greenwood Furnace State Park

Lackawanna County: Lackawanna State Park

Lawrence County: McConnells Mill State Park

Luzerne County: Ricketts Glen State Park

Lycoming County: Tiadaghton State Forest District, Pine Creek Trail

Montgomery County: Washington Crossing State Park

Perry County: Little Buffalo State Park

Pike County: Promised Land State Park

Potter County: Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Cherry Springs State Park

Schuylkill County: Weiser State Forest District Resource Management Center

Sullivan County: Worlds End State Park

Tioga County: Leonard Harrison State Park; Tioga State Forest District, Pine Creek Trail

Venango County: Oil Creek State Park

Westmoreland County: Keystone State Park

York County: Codorus State Park, Gifford Pinchot State Park

DCNR oversees more than 4,500 buildings in its parks system, more than a hundred wastewater treatment facilities, and thousands of vehicles, and spends millions of dollars a year in electricity.

As the state’s leading conservation agency, DCNR  says it strives to follow practices that conserve and sustain natural resources. Through its green and sustainable initiative, DCNR exemplifies best practices through its buildings, vehicle fleet, purchases, land management and business operations.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks and 20 state forest districts, visit the DCNR website.

A meeting on the Northcentral Pa. ATV Initiative will be held at 10 am Monday, Oct. 15, at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. It’s being hosted by the Potter County Planning Department. Among participants will be representatives of PennDOT, the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), police, emergency services, conservation interests, ATV rider organizations, tourist promotion agencies, county and local government, and others.

For decades, riders of all-terrain vehicles have been pressuring state leaders to open up additional sections of publicly owned forest, park and game lands for their use. ATV partisans scored a major victory recently when the state legislature amended the Fiscal Code with an order that directs two state agencies to work together to expand the trail system in northcentral Pennsylvania. DCNR is now required to work with PennDOT to connect Clinton County to the New York State border through state forest land and highways by April 2024. This network will link several trails that are already developed in different regions between the counties. Those trails are Haneyville, Bloody Skillet, Snowshoe Rail Trail, Denton Hill and Whiskey Springs.

Proponents say the plan will expand riding opportunities, boost the tourist-based economy, and curtail illegal riding on state roads and forests. Opponents cite traffic safety concerns, maintenance responsibilities that could drain public resources, conflicts with other users of public lands, impacts on wildlife, as well as erosion issues.

State police at Emporium have arrested a 39 year old resident of that town on charges of animal cruelty, corruption of minors and criminal mischief. Authorities allege Preston Clingan used a BB gun to kill a neighbor’s cat on September 13 and tried to have his children shoot it. Police claim Clingan had his 14 year old child put the cat in the creek along Arrowhead Lane.

Anne Barnahrt, 34 of Emporium has been arrested for stealing merchandise from the Dollar General in that town last Wednesday afternoon. Barnhart is suspected of taking a Copper fit anklet without paying for it. She will now answer a retail theft charge in district court.