Penn's Woods: Cradle of Conservation

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April 22, 2020
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Welcome to WITF's Virtual Screening Celebrating Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary!

April 22 marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate, WITF in collaboration with PA Parks & Forests Foundation and Earth Day 50 PA will host a virtual online screening of the WITF original documentary Penn’s Woods: Cradle of Conservation Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm.

This is an interactive event! After the screening PA Parks & Forests Foundation President Marci Mowery will moderate a Q&A session with PA DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Historian Mark Madison and Executive Director of Allegheny County Parks Foundation Caren Glotfelty. They’ll discuss the film and answer your questions.

This screening is supported by UGI Utilities.

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Penn's Woods: Cradle of Conservation

A historic look at how Pennsylvania's natural resources helped transform the state into an industrial powerhouse. With economic booms and revolutions in natural resource extraction, came an environmental price. Pennsylvanians set about restoring the state's environmental riches and in the process helped shape the national conservation and environmental movements of the twentieth century.

90 minutes



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    Mark Madison, Ph.D.


    Dr. Madison is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Historian and Heritage and Partnerships Branch Manager at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Mark was the very first FWS Historian hired by the Fish and Wildlife Service in 1999. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in History and Biology and a Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University. Prior to working for the FWS Madison spent 3 years doing tropical reforestation in the Philippines for the U.S. Peace Corps and was junior faculty at Harvard University and the University of Melbourne (Australia).

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    Caren Glotfelty


    Caren Glotfelty is the Executive Director of Allegheny County Parks Foundation. Caren is a strong advocate of the natural environment as represented by her past experience including: Senior Program Director of the Heinz Endowments Environment Program for 13 years, where she was responsible for managing a grant portfolio totaling $8-13 million per year, addressing issues such as community revitalization, environmental health, parks, trails and land conservation. Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry & Environmental Resources Conservation at Penn State University for 5 years, and her work included teaching, research, outreach and leadership on topics and issues related to state and local environmental and natural resources policy. Deputy Secretary for water management in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources for 4 years developing and managing all state policy and regulatory programs related to water quality, sewage treatment, stormwater management, and stream protection. Glotfelty holds a bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific, as well as a master's degree in regional planning form the University of Pennsylvania.

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    PA DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn


    Cindy Adams Dunn became sixth secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in June 2015. As secretary, Dunn has helped position Pennsylvania as a leader in land conservation, outdoor recreation, green practices and public land management. During her tenure the department created the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps to connect youth and young adults with job opportunities relating to the outdoors and the environment. She also has directed the agency to provide leadership on planting forest buffers along streams to improve water quality. Under her direction, Pennsylvania continues efforts to address the impacts of climate change, including helping the commonwealth adapt and implement a plan to reduce its impacts on state forests and parks. Prior to becoming secretary, Dunn had served as the president and chief executive officer of PennFuture, a statewide environmental advocacy. Dunn also served as DCNR’s Deputy Secretary of Conservation and Technical Services from 2007-2013, where she led DCNR's conservation landscape program and oversaw the community conservation partnerships grant program, which provides $30-$60 million annually for conservation and recreation throughout the commonwealth. Other leadership posts at DCNR included director of the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation as well as director of the Office of Education, Communications and Partnerships.

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    Marci Mowery


    Marci Mowery is the President of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF). A former high school educator, Marci entered the conservation arena 25 years ago, and has served as the President of the Foundation since 2005. Her passion is to connect people to the outdoors. When not working, Marci enjoys hiking, biking, paddling, reading, cooking, wine tasting and spending time with her family.

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    Mark Madison


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