January 19, 2024 Weekly Digest: Recent News from the PA Wilds
The PA Wilds Weekly Digest is a roundup of news articles about the PA Wilds, the region’s public lands and its Landscapes and Journeys that have been published over the past week.
Note: some of the news websites may have paywalls that prevent you from reading their content.
Enjoy this week’s PA Wilds News Clips below.
In the news on the PA Wilds Center website, the PA Wilds Center was proud to be featured as a case study in the Appalachian Regional Commission’s evaluation report of business development grants recently.
In news for entrepreneurs throughout the Pine Creek Valley and PA Grand Canyon landscape and Dark Skies landscape of the PA Wilds, anyone with an innovative idea is encouraged to apply for the 2024 BIG IDEA Contest for the chance to win up to $50,000 to grow their idea. Apply by Tuesday, April 18, 2024 at bfcnp.org/PA-Wilds-24. An informational webinar will also be held on January 24 for interested applicants.
On the PA Wilds visitor blog, readers can learn more about how to spot winter birds in the eastern part of the PA Wilds. They can also learn more about why we call the Allegheny and Clarion Rivers specifically “Wild and Scenic Rivers,” which is a national designation. In the Forest Fridays series, Vinny writes about skiing in the Tiadaghton State Forest.
PA WILDSBIRD LORE: Winter birding in Lycoming and Clinton Counties – Bruce Buckle, Lycoming Audubon SocietyForest Fridays: Skiing the Black Forest of Tiadaghton State Forest – Vinny Curtis, Forest FridaysWCO
Member & Partner Press Releases
WCO Member Spotlights
January spotlight – Laughing Owl Press: Personalizing art through letterpress printing
PA WILDS CENTER
PA WILDS MARKETPLACE
MENTIONING PA WILDSCasey Secures Federal Investment for PA Wilds Outdoor Recreation and Workforce Initiative – Senator Bob CaseyRegional Poetry Out Loud Competition Slated for Jan. 25 – GantNews.com (Poetry Out Loud contest at PA Wilds Media Lab)
MENTIONING PA WILDS PUBLIC LANDS
Parks, forests, rivers
My favorite PA Wilds state parks – Instagram reel by adventuringbymaria (not paid for by PA Wilds Center)
Allegheny National Forest
ANF seeking advisory committee members – The Bradford EraContract awarded for Longhouse rehabilitation – Times ObserverHouse bill would give local authority to expand trails – Times ObserverSen. Hutchinson Opposes Rule Allowing “Elite’s” Control Over Land – ButlerRadio.com
Allegheny RiverMeet the nominees for Pennsylvania’s 2024 River of the Year – The Allegheny FrontHow much of Pennsylvania is covered in water? – Yahoo NewsState grants available for recreation, conservation projects – Times Observer
Bald Eagle State ParkEmbrace the Cold for Winter Adventure – State College, PA
Black Moshannon State ParkEmbrace the Cold for Winter Adventure – State College, PA
Chapman State ParkPreparations Underway for 2024 Winter Fest in Warren County – Erie News Now
Cherry Springs State Park
Cook Forest State ParkPennsylvania landmarks you have to see (and hear) to believe – The Keystone NewsroomBeginner’s Guide to Cold Weather Camping – Trekaroo Blog
Kinzua Bridge State ParkTraining set for commissioners/MCCF grant applicants – The Bradford Era
Sinnemahoning State Park
Tiadaghton State Forest
Landscapes and Journeys
Elk CountryTERRY L. BRYANT obituary, 1955-2024, Wellsboro, PA – Legacy.com (Terry was a founding member, life member and the current Chairman of the Board for Keystone Elk Country Alliance.)
KANE: Elk educator, wildlife conservationist to present at library – The Bradford EraShed hunting season has arrived – The Gazette
Pine Creek Valley / PA Grand Canyon / Pine Creek Rail TrailDistrict attorney’s office undergoes staffing changes – Tioga Publishing
12 Best Towns in Pennsylvania to Visit in 2024 – WorldAtlas
West Branch Susquehanna RiverHow much of Pennsylvania is covered in water? – Yahoo News