2018-01-13 / News

State parks are jewel of Pa. Wilds


DCNR’s Tim Morey shows one of the telescopes that are available for public use at the Cherry Springs State Park International Dark Sky Preserve. He shared details at a recent Coudersport Rotary Club meeting. DCNR’s Tim Morey shows one of the telescopes that are available for public use at the Cherry Springs State Park International Dark Sky Preserve. He shared details at a recent Coudersport Rotary Club meeting. State parks are an important part of the economic foundation and way of life in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Those points were underscored by Tim Morey, a state park education specialist with the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), during a program presented to the Coudersport Rotary Club at Christ Episcopal Church.

Morey, a Galeton native, spoke about the transformation of Cherry Springs State Park in central Potter County from a campground and accompanying airport for several decades to one of the few International Dark Sky Preserves in the world.

He also touched on outdoor activities being held at state parks in the region during the winter months.

A nighttime satellite image of the northeastern United States graphically demonstrated how Potter County is largely shielded from the “light pollution” that interferes with astronomy. DCNR has developed Cherry Springs as not only a headquarters for professional astronomers, photographers and hobbyists, but also an attraction for the general public.

Countless media reports have drawn attention to the park’s stargazing opportunities and DCNR has responded with development of facilities and staffing.

Morey said it’s not uncommon to see tourists from China, South America and all across the United States at Cherry Springs some weekends. Details can be found on the DCNR website.

Morey also discussed the Winter Outings program that DCNR is sponsoring at state parks in Potter and Cameron counties. Activities include hiking, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and other winter events.

More information is available at 570- 724-0635.

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