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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Resister Now For Dark Sky Outdoor Lighting Workshop In Coudersport On June 25th

WORKSHOP OFFERED ON OUTDOOR LIGHTING

Potter County’s dark night sky is one of its most exceptional and unique natural resources. Protecting that resource from light pollution makes environmental as well as economic sense.

This workshop is designed to provide the knowledge tools to assist townships, municipalities and county officials in constructing regulations, ordinances and guidelines to protect against light pollution and light trespass; while still providing for security, safety and other outdoor lighting needs. The general public is also invited to attend as this information will also be of interest to small business and homeowners.

The workshop will be conducted by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council (POLC). It is co-sponsored by the Potter County Commissioner’s Office, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR – PA Wilds) and the Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fund and Association.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 25 from 6:50 – to 8:30 pm in the middle auditorium of the Gospel Tabernacle Church located on the west side of Coudersport, off of Route 6. There is no fee for the workshop, but you must pre-register in order to attend. You may register over the phone by calling the Lyman Run State Park office during regular office hours at (814) 435-5010. Office staff will fill out a registration form for you and fax it to DEP.

Registration forms are also available at the Lyman Run State Park office, the Potter County Commissioner’s office and the Offices of the Potter County Education Council in Port Allegheny, Coudersport and Galeton. If you have any questions, you may contact Workshop Coordinator, Jim McTish of DEP at jmtish@state.pa.us or call (484) 250-5180. Locally, if you have any questions, you may contact Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fund and Association Director Maxine Harrison at (814) 435-2518. Registrations must reach DEP by June 19.

The Dark Sky Fund and Association will be providing a notebook of information on light pollution prevention, shielded light fixtures, a Homeowner’s Guide to Lighting and a listing of shielded light fixture vendors to be presented to each interested township in Potter County as well as to each public library in the county. This will make the information available for public use. Much of the information will also be available as hand outs at the workshop.

Anyone interested in information about shielded night lighting or anyone who has an interest in helping their community develop outdoor lighting guidelines will find this workshop beneficial and is encouraged to attend. Potter County is gaining an international reputation for having some of the last preserved dark night sky in the Eastern United States. Knowing how to light our homes and businesses without sending light unnecessarily out into space can help preserve this rapidly disappearing resource.

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