Pennsylvania Geography and Natural Resources


(www.dcnr.state.pa.us)  The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources was established in 1995 to maintain state parks, manage state forest land, provide information on the state’s ecological and geologic resources, and to establish community conservation partnerships to benefit rivers, trails, greenways, local parks and recreation, regional heritage parks, open space, and natural areas.


(www.naturalheritage.state.pa.us) The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program provides scientific information, expertise, and assistance to support conservation of biological diversity. 


(www.iconservePA.org)  The State of Pennsylvania has established a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources program aimed at getting Pennsylvanians more involved in conservation. 


(www.sfr.psu.edu)  The School of Forest Resources at Pennsylvania State University is a professional education and research institution dedicated to management of forest resources and their use by our society.  This web site contains a wealth of information about forestry practices as well as educational tools for young people.  The Publications pages of the web site contain numerous useful and informative resources for landowners, students, and educators. 


(http://soilmap.psu.edu)  SoilMap is a resource offered by the Penn State Cooperative Extension Geospatial Technology Program that provides detailed soil information for all of Pennsylvania. 


(www.pennpilot.psu.edu)  Penn Pilot is a project sponsored by the Pennsylvania Geological Survey that offers an online laboratory of digital historical aerial photography for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  

Land Trust Organizations


(www.landtrustalliance.org)   Land Trust Alliance is a national, non-profit organization formed in 1982 that is dedicated to the effectiveness and sustainability of the nation’s land trusts. 


(www.conserveland.org)  Pennsylvania Land Trust Association is a regional organization that helps conservation practitioners improve their effectiveness, builds public understanding, and advocates for better governmental conservation policy. 


Other Sites of Interest


(www.sciencefriday.com/videos/watch/10277)  The National Public Radio Program, Science Friday, has an interesting posting on its site featuring the work of Rockefeller University Professor Marcelo Magnasco and colleagues on venation patterns in leaves. 

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