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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: Terry Brady
DCNR Deputy Press Secretary
(717) 772-9101

DCNR SEEKING COMMENT ON RESOURCE MANAGEMENT OF NESHAMINY STATE PARK

HARRISBURG (September 25, 2003) — The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is seeking public comment on a natural resource management plan for Neshaminy State Park, Bucks County.

DCNR staff will be available to discuss the park’s natural resource management plan from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Playmasters Theatre Workshop, on the park grounds off State Street.

“More than 430,000 visitors annually are drawn to Neshaminy State Park’s marina, its 330 acres of woodlands and meadows, and its rich links to our state’s past,” Bureau of State Parks Director Roger P. Fickes said. “Hopefully, some of these visitors will help ensure their future visits are even more enjoyable and worthwhile by reviewing the park’s proposed management plan and attending an upcoming public meeting.”

Discussion topics will include the proposed opening of about 130 acres of Neshaminy parkland to limited archery hunting in an ongoing attempt to achieve a white-tailed deer herd that is in balance with park habitat.

“As in many of our state parks in the southeastern section of the state and elsewhere, the white-tailed deer is over-browsing certain areas of Neshaminy,” Fickes said. “This proposed change would give park management better population-control tools while offering expanded recreational opportunities.”

The draft resource management plans being developed for Neshaminy and other state parks discuss how their natural resources will be managed into the future. These objectives are based on scientific and technical data.

The public is invited to visit during the Oct. 9 session to review the plan. Bureau of State Parks staff will discuss the proposals, answer questions, and record comments from visitors. Persons unable to attend the meeting can submit written comments up to 30 days after the meeting. Comments will be accepted through Monday, Nov. 10, and should be directed to Jeff Johns, Resources Management Section, Bureau of State Parks, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., P.O. Box 8551, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551; (717) 772-0242.

Copies of the Neshaminy draft resource management plan are available for public review at the following locations:

Bensalem Branch Bucks County Free Library, 3700 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, (215) 638-2030; Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau Inc., 3207 Street Road, Bensalem, (215) 639-0300; Historical Society of Bensalem Township, 2043 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, (215) 638-0879; Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe St., Bristol, (215) 788-7891; Neshaminy State Park Office, 3401 State Road, Bensalem, (215) 639-4538; Neshaminy State Park Marina, 2nd and River Road, Croydon, (215) 639-4538.

Named for Neshaminy Creek, which joins the Delaware River in lower Bucks County, the state park and marina offer 235 boats slips and access to the river, two swimming pools, and numerous picnic areas.

A major portion of what now is Neshaminy State Park was a gift to the Commonwealth by Robert R. Logan, a descendant of James Logan, colonial secretary to William Penn. Logan’s estate, “Sarobia,” was acquired by the state upon his death in 1956. The Logan’s home has been removed, but many of their furnishings and belongings are now in the collections of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Also, Dunks Ferry Road, forming the eastern boundary of the park, is one of the oldest roads in Pennsylvania.

For more information on Neshaminy and Pennsylvania’s other 115 state parks, telephone 1-888-PA-PARKS from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; or visit www.state.pa.us, PA Keyword: “state parks.”

Pennsylvanians with disabilities, who wish to attend the resource management meeting and require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation, may call Johns at (717) 772-0242.

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