New Battery-Powered Equipment in State Parks to Reduce Carbon Footprint, Save Money 

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined state park and other DCNR officials in a visit to Colonel Denning State Park in Cumberland County for a demonstration of battery-powered tools.

“We are replacing gasoline-powered with battery-powered tools to further reduce our carbon footprint and lessen the noise from this equipment that impacts state park visitors enjoying the quiet of nature,” Dunn said.

The new string trimmers, leaf blowers, and chainsaws are now in service at 20 state parks, with each of these locations receiving one of each tool:

  • Bald Eagle
  • Black Moshannon
  • Blue Knob
  • Colonel Denning
  • Fort Washington
  • Greenwood Furnace
  • Hills Creek/Leonard Harrison
  • Jacobsburg
  • Jennings
  • Laurel Hill
  • Lyman Run/Cherry Springs
  • Nolde
  • Ohiopyle
  • Parker Dam
  • Pine Grove Furnace
  • Point
  • Promised Land
  • Ryerson Station
  • Trough Creek
  • Washington Crossing

The secretary’s visit to Colonel Denning is part of the 2021 Sustainability Tour, which began with an announcement at Presque Isle in Erie last month that new solar arrays will take the park to net zero energy.

Other sustainability work at Colonel Denning includes weather proofing buildings, changing out heating and cooling systems for energy efficiency, adding electric vehicle charging stations, a new energy efficient showerhouse, and the planting of 75 trees and shrubs in the riparian zone along Doubling Run to assist with improving water quality and capturing carbon.

Colonel Denning State Park has 273 acres of woodland and a 3.5-acre lake. The park serves as a gateway to the 96,000-acre Tuscarora State Forest, which surrounds the park.