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NEWS RELEASE

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Department of Conservation
and Natural Resources
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Gretchen Leslie
DCNR Press Secretary
(717) 772-9101

DCNR ENCOURAGES WEEKEND VISITORS TO STATE PARKS TO CHECK PARK STATUS AFTER STORM

HARRISBURG (September 18, 2003) — Officials from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) are urging those with plans to visit a state park this weekend to check on conditions of that park prior to heading out.

Depending on the severity of Hurricane Isabel and its trajectory through Pennsylvania, many state parks could face flooding, damage from high winds, or loss of electricity, which could force partial or total closure of certain parks.

“Very heavy rainfall is expected through southcentral Pennsylvania, where we have a large concentration of parks, and heavy rainfall is expected in most other locations,” said State Parks Director Roger Fickes. “The streams that are so appealing in these parks under normal conditions, can flood quickly. I have asked all park managers to be acutely aware of the conditions within their parks, and put visitor safety above all else.”

Fickes said the department is in constant communication with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to monitor weather conditions.

Visitors with camping reservations for this weekend can check on park conditions by calling the state park toll-free reservation and information system at 1-888-PA-PARKS, Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by contacting the park directly. Park alerts also may be posted on DCNR’s web site at www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks.

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