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Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that the department and its partners have launched PA Conservation Explorer to assist businesses, local governments and citizens with conservation planning, and improve the process for environmental reviews for threatened and endangered species that are required during permitting for construction and other activities.
The latest edition of the PNHP Quarterly Newsletter is available. This issue includes articles on peatland wetlands and the 2015 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan. View the issue here.
The latest edition of the PNHP Quarterly Newsletter is available. This issue includes articles on Pennsylvania Natural Communities and Emerging Diseases in PA Amphibians and Reptiles. View the issue here.
DCNR is developing a new tool to replace the current PNDI ER Tool. The new tool, called the PA Conservation Explorer, will include both conservation planning and PNDI environmental review components.
Listen to a presentation on the identification, wildlife denizens and conservation of vernal pools by PA Natural Heritage invertebrate zoologist Betsy Leppo here.