In state, crews battled more than 1,800 wildfires, which scorched more than 9,100 acres.
The largest fire this year burned around 4,000 acres and required shutting down parts of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension.
Pennsylvania wildland firefighting efforts reached
50 years of service assisting with fighting fires in the western U.S. in 2023.
Crews were dispatched to Idaho and Montana this year.
Crews also assisted efforts in the eastern United States, including with a Virginia state of emergency-level wildfire situation in November.
In October, DCNR
announced more than $880,000 in grant funding to support volunteer fire companies across the state.
DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry
received two successful independent audits from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council -- both of which noted DCNR’s work meeting and exceeding sustainable standards.
The Forest Stewardship Council went a step further
awarding DCNR its 2023 leadership award for 25 years of receiving council management certification; and proving success across a wide range of forest conditions, multiple agencies, and evolving public expectations.
Management of the forests in 2023 included adding nearly 7,400 acres of state forestlands.
adding 2,500 acres to Pinchot State Forest with the acquisition of the Miller Mountain property.
Other notable news from our Bureau of Forestry includes: