Pennsylvania Kicks Off River Sojourns

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- On behalf of Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge,
 officials from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
 (DCNR) today met with representatives from the Pennsylvania Organization of
 Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), and organizers of 12 Pennsylvania river sojourns
 to kick off two months of paddling on nearly 760 miles of the Commonwealth's
 rivers.
     Participants in the new Pennsylvania Rivers Sojourn Program gathered along
 the banks of the Susquehanna to discuss their river-awareness trips and to
 share ideas on how to make the new program a success.
     "A river sojourn is the ultimate environmental classroom," DCNR Secretary
 John C. Oliver said.  "You experience the sights, sounds and life of the river
 and its surrounding communities.  I encourage all Pennsylvanians to join one
 of our many sojourns this year to get up close and personal with a local
 river.
     "I thank our sojourn partners who are making a river experience possible
 for so many people.  We look forward to a lasting relationship."
     River sojourns are multi-day journeys along a river or stream to bring
 attention to its environmental, economic and recreational importance to
 Pennsylvanians.  Kayakers, canoers, rafters -- even bicyclists riding along
 the water -- are encouraged to share in the festivities highlighting the
 environmental, historical and cultural aspects of the river and its
 surroundings.
     The Pennsylvania Rivers Sojourn Program, funded through a $60,000 "Growing
 Greener" grant administered by DCNR, will launch 12 river-awareness sojourns,
 including one on the Juniata River, named by DCNR earlier this year as its
 "Pennsylvania Feature River of the Year 2001."
     The DCNR Rivers Conservation grant was awarded to POWR, a nonprofit group
 dedicated to promoting and conserving the state's rivers and streams.  DCNR
 and POWR will work with local watershed organizations and citizens to
 establish long-term sojourn partnerships.
     The 12 sojourns will pass through nearly 300 cities, towns and boroughs.
 In addition to paddling, participants will engage in luncheon and evening
 programs and entertainment focusing on the culture, history and heritage of
 the communities.
     The program's first sojourn will kick off this weekend with the two-day,
 40-mile Swatara Creek Sojourn, paddling through Schuykill, Lebanon and Dauphin
 counties, organized by the Swatara Creek Watershed Association.
     Others sojourns include:
 
     -- May 18-19, Clarion River, 17 miles in Jefferson and Clarion counties,
         organized by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, (412) 288-2777;
     -- May 19-20, Chartiers Creek, 24 miles in Allegheny and Washington
         counties, organized by the Chartiers Nature Conservancy,
         (412) 922-0155;
     -- June 1-9, Juniata River, Pennsylvania's Feature Sojourn, 100 miles in
         Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata and Perry counties, organized by the
         Juniata Clean Water Partnership, (814) 627-5082;
     -- June 1-3, Kiski-Conemaugh River, 30 miles in Armstrong, Indiana and
         Cambria counties, organized by the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy,
         (814) 536-6615;
     -- June 2-8, Schuylkill River, 100 miles in Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery
         and Philadelphia counties, organized by the Schuylkill River Greenway
         Association, (610) 372-3916;
     -- June 11-15, French Creek, 85 miles in Erie, Crawford, Mercer and
         Venango counties, organized by the French Creek Project,
         (814) 332-2946;
     -- June 16-23, Delaware River, 70 miles along the Pennsylvania/New Jersey
         border from Wayne to Bucks counties, organized by the Delaware River
         Greenway Partnerships, (908) 996-0230;
     -- June 16-22, West Branch Susquehanna, 100 miles in Clinton, Lycoming,
         Union and Northumberland counties, organized by the Alliance for the
         Chesapeake Bay, (717) 236-8825;
     -- June 16-18, Allegheny River, 33 miles in Venango County, organized by
         the Allegheny Watershed Network, (412) 481-9400;
     -- June 17-24, Youghiogheny River, 70 miles in Allegheny, Westmoreland,
         Fayette and Somerset counties, organized by the Regional Trail
         Corporation, (724) 872-5586; and
     -- June 23-28, Lehigh River, 75 miles in Luzerne, Carbon, Northampton and
         Lehigh counties, organized by the Wildlands Conservancy,
         (610) 965-4397.
 
     More information on Pennsylvania's rivers, river sojourns or DCNR's grant
 programs is available on DCNR's website on the PA PowerPort, www.state.pa.us,
 or directly at www.dcnr.state.pa.us/rivers.
 
     CONTACT:  Gretchen Leslie, Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of
 Conservation and Natural Resources, 717-772-9101.
 
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- On behalf of Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge,
 officials from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
 (DCNR) today met with representatives from the Pennsylvania Organization of
 Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), and organizers of 12 Pennsylvania river sojourns
 to kick off two months of paddling on nearly 760 miles of the Commonwealth's
 rivers.
     Participants in the new Pennsylvania Rivers Sojourn Program gathered along
 the banks of the Susquehanna to discuss their river-awareness trips and to
 share ideas on how to make the new program a success.
     "A river sojourn is the ultimate environmental classroom," DCNR Secretary
 John C. Oliver said.  "You experience the sights, sounds and life of the river
 and its surrounding communities.  I encourage all Pennsylvanians to join one
 of our many sojourns this year to get up close and personal with a local
 river.
     "I thank our sojourn partners who are making a river experience possible
 for so many people.  We look forward to a lasting relationship."
     River sojourns are multi-day journeys along a river or stream to bring
 attention to its environmental, economic and recreational importance to
 Pennsylvanians.  Kayakers, canoers, rafters -- even bicyclists riding along
 the water -- are encouraged to share in the festivities highlighting the
 environmental, historical and cultural aspects of the river and its
 surroundings.
     The Pennsylvania Rivers Sojourn Program, funded through a $60,000 "Growing
 Greener" grant administered by DCNR, will launch 12 river-awareness sojourns,
 including one on the Juniata River, named by DCNR earlier this year as its
 "Pennsylvania Feature River of the Year 2001."
     The DCNR Rivers Conservation grant was awarded to POWR, a nonprofit group
 dedicated to promoting and conserving the state's rivers and streams.  DCNR
 and POWR will work with local watershed organizations and citizens to
 establish long-term sojourn partnerships.
     The 12 sojourns will pass through nearly 300 cities, towns and boroughs.
 In addition to paddling, participants will engage in luncheon and evening
 programs and entertainment focusing on the culture, history and heritage of
 the communities.
     The program's first sojourn will kick off this weekend with the two-day,
 40-mile Swatara Creek Sojourn, paddling through Schuykill, Lebanon and Dauphin
 counties, organized by the Swatara Creek Watershed Association.
     Others sojourns include:
 
     -- May 18-19, Clarion River, 17 miles in Jefferson and Clarion counties,
         organized by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, (412) 288-2777;
     -- May 19-20, Chartiers Creek, 24 miles in Allegheny and Washington
         counties, organized by the Chartiers Nature Conservancy,
         (412) 922-0155;
     -- June 1-9, Juniata River, Pennsylvania's Feature Sojourn, 100 miles in
         Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata and Perry counties, organized by the
         Juniata Clean Water Partnership, (814) 627-5082;
     -- June 1-3, Kiski-Conemaugh River, 30 miles in Armstrong, Indiana and
         Cambria counties, organized by the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy,
         (814) 536-6615;
     -- June 2-8, Schuylkill River, 100 miles in Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery
         and Philadelphia counties, organized by the Schuylkill River Greenway
         Association, (610) 372-3916;
     -- June 11-15, French Creek, 85 miles in Erie, Crawford, Mercer and
         Venango counties, organized by the French Creek Project,
         (814) 332-2946;
     -- June 16-23, Delaware River, 70 miles along the Pennsylvania/New Jersey
         border from Wayne to Bucks counties, organized by the Delaware River
         Greenway Partnerships, (908) 996-0230;
     -- June 16-22, West Branch Susquehanna, 100 miles in Clinton, Lycoming,
         Union and Northumberland counties, organized by the Alliance for the
         Chesapeake Bay, (717) 236-8825;
     -- June 16-18, Allegheny River, 33 miles in Venango County, organized by
         the Allegheny Watershed Network, (412) 481-9400;
     -- June 17-24, Youghiogheny River, 70 miles in Allegheny, Westmoreland,
         Fayette and Somerset counties, organized by the Regional Trail
         Corporation, (724) 872-5586; and
     -- June 23-28, Lehigh River, 75 miles in Luzerne, Carbon, Northampton and
         Lehigh counties, organized by the Wildlands Conservancy,
         (610) 965-4397.
 
     More information on Pennsylvania's rivers, river sojourns or DCNR's grant
 programs is available on DCNR's website on the PA PowerPort, www.state.pa.us,
 or directly at www.dcnr.state.pa.us/rivers.
 
     CONTACT:  Gretchen Leslie, Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of
 Conservation and Natural Resources, 717-772-9101.
 
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