Application to Conduct Research in Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests

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Research is a valid use of Pennsylvania state forest and park land that increases knowledge and provides benefits to society

The DCNR Bureau of Forestry and Bureau of State Parks have a long history of cooperating with researchers, and the application of research results has kept DCNR among the leaders in public land management.

The DCNR requires all requests to conduct scientific studies on state forest and park land to be approved by managers to:
  • Avoid overuse of forest or park resources
  • Minimize potential conflicts
  • Allocate staff time
This policy facilitates communication between the DCNR and researchers using informal agreements.

    Please add the names of all individuals involved in the study
    Please select title
    First name is required
    Last name is required
    If yes, Please add contacted personnel details,including tasks and estimated time requirements
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    Last name is required
    Expected tasks and estimated time required by this personnel
    Please upload project description, location, protocol, publication proposal files.legend Application is not complete and will not be reviewed without a location map.* Allowed file types: .pdf, .docx, .xlsx and shape files (.shp, .shx, .dbf)
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    If yes,Please upload chemical label(s) Allowed file types: .pdf, .docx, .jpeg
    Please upload permits or other approvals required by federal, state, or local government agencies Allowed file types: .pdf, .docx, .jpeg
    Please upload the location maps
    Please agree to Terms and Conditions
    Is your research engaged with DCNR's Think Outside Program?

    All research requests reviewed and approved by DCNR are subject to the following terms and conditions:

    • Researcher shall inform the park manager/district forest manager of all on-site activities in advance.
    • Collection and monitoring shall occur in areas inconspicuous to visitors, unless otherwise approved by the DCNR.
    • The park manager/forest district manager must approve all marking, tagging and other materials used upon DCNR land. The permittee is responsible for removal of all such objects upon the completion of the study.
    • The DCNR is not responsible for theft or damage to deployed equipment.
    • The DCNR reserves the right to withdrawal this approval should it determine that the interests of the Commonwealth or the DCNR are no longer being served.
    • Whenever possible, flora and fauna shall be observed and studied in the field without collection. All collections shall comply with existing laws and regulations set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If fish or other Herpetofauna are collected, a fishing license Type 1 Scientific Collectors Permit (issued by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission) must accompany this permit. All vertebrates approved for collection shall be returned to original collection area. Many types of mammalian and ornithological research require a Special Use permit (issued by the Pennsylvania Game Commission). If such a permit is required, the PGC Permit number must be submitted with this application. Disposition of preserved specimens shall be coordinated with the DCNR at the conclusion of the study.
    • Copies of field data and reports must be submitted to the DCNR, in hard copy or electronically (preferred), within 60 days of the termination date of this permit, or at the end of each year’s work. Failure to do so will result in future applications being denied.
    • Approved permits may contain additional site-specific terms and conditions.