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Buy a PA Wilds Gift Card

Those wishing to support small businesses in the Pennsylvania Wilds region now have a new tool to do so. People from anywhere can now make sure their dollars stay within the region by purchasing the new Shop the PA Wilds digital community gift card for friends, family or even coworkers.

Nominate a Champion

Each year the PA Wilds Center recognizes individuals, groups, and businesses that have made significant contributions to help grow and sustainably develop the outdoor recreation economy and nature tourism in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Do you know someone deserving? Nominate them today!

PA Conservation Landscapes

This report, which points to the growing outdoor recreation industry and strategic investments in public lands and facilities in the Pennsylvania Wilds, positions the region as a model for how the Conservation Landscape program is gaining traction and creating real value for communities.

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The Latest PA Wilds Center News

PA Wilds proud to be part of Growing Outdoor Recreation for PA (GORP) coalition

The PA Wilds Center is proud to be part of the Growing Outdoor Recreation for Pennsylvania (GORP) coalition, which kicked off last week in Harrisburg. GORP will help inform development of a new statewide Office of Outdoor Recreation. PA has the 6th largest outdoor rec economy in the country. In addition to being a job…

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Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin Tours PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Kinzua Bridge, Sees ARC Investments in Action

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin joined partners last week in touring projects in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Federal Co-Chair Manchin spent Wednesday afternoon and evening at the Elk Country Visitor Center, meeting with the Local Development District Association of Pennsylvania and learning more about elk country from the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, which…

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The Wilds Are Working – How to become a host community for remote workers

Do you have a genuine enthusiasm for your community, wanting others to be able to experience life in your town? Do you think that if people were to have a chance to test out living in your community they might choose to relocate there long-term?  As the Wilds Are Working: A Remote Lifestyle Experience has…

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