Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

DCNR-New-logoEstablished on July 1, 1995, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is charged with maintaining and preserving the 120 state parks; managing the 2.2 million acres of state forest land; providing information on the state’s ecological and geologic resources; and establishing community conservation partnerships with grants and technical assistance to benefit rivers, trails, greenways, local parks and recreation, regional heritage parks, open space and natural areas.

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We conserve and sustain Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations’ use and enjoyment.


As Pennsylvania’s leader and chief advocate for conservation and outdoor recreation, we will inspire citizens to value their natural resources, engage in conservation practices, and experience the outdoors.

We will carry out this mission by accomplishing these goals:
• Manage state parks and forests sustainably
• Conserve the commonwealth’s natural resources
• Foster sustainable communities and working landscapes
• Improve access to quality recreational resources
• Operate more effectively and efficiently