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DCED Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is accepting applications for Act 13 grants through the Commonwealth Financing Authority until May 31.

Funds will be allotted through the Marcellus Legacy Fund to assist in projects, including: abandoned mine drainage abatement, abandoned well plugging, sewage treatment, greenways, trails and recreation, watershed restoration and flood control.

The Marcellus Legacy Fund was created by Act 13 of 2012 to provide for the distribution of unconventional gas well impact fees to counties, municipalities and commonwealth agencies

More information about the program can be found at: http://dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/act-13-programs/#.WJDKzHmQyUk

The DCED is accepting applications for the current round of Community Recreation and Conservation (C2P2) grants through April 12. C2P2 grants are awarded to municipalities and authorized nonprofit organizations for recreation, park and conservation projects.

More information about the C2P2 program is available online at: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/grants/grantpolicies/index.htm. Grant applications are available at www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us.

Trout Stocking Schedules Now Available

Trout stocking schedules for 2017 are now available online at www.fishandboat.com and on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission “FishBoatPA” mobile app. To view the list, click on the link “Fish” in the upper right corner, then select Trout Stocking Schedules. From there, select a county and enter start and end dates from the calendars at the top of the page.

Included in this year’s stocking lists are the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters, a program where 14 waters across the state will be stocked with large 14- to 20-inch trout. The program was launched last year with eight waters. This year six new waters are being added. Click here to see the list of waters.

The 2017 season will open April 1 with the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in 18 southeastern counties, including: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York.

Trout season opens statewide on April 15.

Students Can Apply for Summer Environmental Careers Camp

Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ summer residential camp.

The free six-day camp begins Sunday, July 9, at Camp Kresge, White Haven, Luzerne County. The camp will introduce 20 students in grades 10-12 to conservation and environmental careers. From wildlife conservation projects and stream sampling of aquatic life, to forestry skills, daily activities will offer students a hands-on, team-building learning experience in an outdoor setting.

Instruction and daily activities are overseen by specialists and officials from DCNR’s bureaus of State Parks and Forestry. After the camp, attendees will have a chance to seek internships, job-shadowing and other career-related opportunities through the camp’s mentor program.

For more details and applications, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ecocamp; email RA-ECO_Camp; write to ECO Camp Coordinator, Bureau of State Parks, Outdoor Programming Services Division, P.O. Box 8551, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551, or call 717-425-5330.

State Police Change Application Requirements for Cadets

The Pennsylvania State Police recently changed its application requirements to be hired as a state police cadet.

Now, individuals can submit an employment application without having obtained the required associate’s degree or 60 semester hours of college credit. This change allows applicants to continue their education while moving through the hiring process at the same time. The associate’s degree or 60 semester hours of college credit still must be obtained prior to appointment to a cadet class.

Additional job requirements, which have not changed, stipulate that applicants must be at least 20 years of age on or before the date the application is completed. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and cannot have reached their 40th birthday prior to or on the date of appointment as a cadet.

For more information on a career in the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.PATrooper.com.

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