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New PA DCNR Mobile Website Connects On-the-Go Users with the Outdoors

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HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 10, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. , Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' newly launched mobile website makes it easier for users of smartphones and tablet devices to connect with Pennsylvania 's natural world while on-the-go.

The new mobile site is found at http://m.dcnr.state.pa.us.

“The new site offers expedient, informative details through a medium we know is being used more and more,” said DCNR Deputy Secretary John Giordano . “We have seen a dramatic increase in web traffic from mobile devices to our main website.”

The mobile site provides an interface that quickly leads users to information in an easy-to-read, mobile-friendly format. Visitors will find resources such as an interactive map providing location-based services, up-to-the-minute news and information via social feeds, and a searchable calendar of programs and events.

“This revolutionizes the way we use technology to connect residents with the natural world,” said Giordano. “It is another great example of DCNR's innovative work to improve access to information and customer service.”

“This initiative is just one example of how DCNR is leveraging its internal application development team to save costs and enable other state agencies to share in its approach,” said DCNR Chief Information Officer Stephen Aux . “This is just the beginning; we intend to build upon the site.”

DCNR features an array of outdoor recreational opportunities, unique natural areas, and many other resources to which the mobile site can help lead visitors. In addition to 2.2-million acres of state forests, Pennsylvania has 120 state parks covering nearly 300,000 acres, which equates to a state park within 25 miles of nearly every Pennsylvanian.  

State parks are heavily integrated into local economies. For every dollar invested in state parks, more than $12 is returned to Pennsylvania 's economy. Visitors to Pennsylvania 's state parks generate more than $1 billion in economic activity in local communities and support almost 13,000 related jobs. 

Media contact: Terry Brady , 717-772-9101

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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