May 24 Weekly PA Wilds News Digest

May 24, 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. 

On the PA Wilds visitor-facing blog, the Allegheny National Forest shares insights into the Urban Connectiosn program, in which participants were able to take an overnight backpacking trip and get hands-on learning of the Leave No Trace Principles.

On the Wilds Cooperative blog, there is a recap of the 2024 spring membership meeting that took place at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro.

On the PA Wilds Center blog, there are two big upcoming events: the BIG IDEA Contest and the 2024 PA Wilds Champion Awards. 

Registration is open for the BIG IDEA Contest final pitch competition, which will be held in Williamsport on June 13 or can also be viewed virtually. 

The PA Wilds Center is proud to also announce the winners of the 2024 Champion Awards. Learn more about the winners and how to register for the event here.

 

OUR BLOGS

PA WILDS

Urban Connections – Allegheny National Forest offers overnight backpacking experiences – Allegheny National Forest, via Kate Fenstermacher

 

WCO

Member & Partner Press Releases

Wilds Cooperative of PA members gathered for 2024 spring membership meeting at Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro

 

WCO Member Spotlights

May spotlight – The Watershed Journal: Uplifting and empowering local literary arts

 

PA WILDS CENTER

Join us for the 2024 PA Wilds $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest final pitch competition!

2024 PA Wilds Champion Awards winners announced, registration open for dinner

 

PA WILDS MARKETPLACE

Products Dad Will Love From The PA Wilds Marketplace

 

IN THE NEWS

 

MENTIONING PA WILDS

 

Federal officials visit with Kane small business owners – The Courier Express

 

Installation of Public Mural to Begin in Downtown Bellefonte – State College, PA

 

Dush’s office provides legislative update – The Express (Update on cancellation of Duke low MOA over PA Wilds)

 

Outdoor recreation gets another state-sponsored pitch – The Citizens’ Voice (“When the Pennsylvania Wilds submitted a plan to the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s $1 billion Build Back Better grant challenge, it failed in part because the Wilds’ plan didn’t create enough jobs. The problem facing that part of rural Pennsylvania, however, is not a lack of jobs — but a lack of people to fill those jobs.”)

 

Big Ideas contest gears up for final pitch competition – Standard-Speaker

Big Ideas contest gears up for final pitch competition – NorthcentralPA.com

 

Get Away From It All At This Remote And Beautiful Campground In Pennsylvania – OnlyInYourState

 

MENTIONING PA WILDS PUBLIC LANDS

Parks, forests, rivers

Allegheny National Forest

Tour de Forest to Be Held This Weekend on Allegheny National Forest Roads – exploreJefferson

Tour de Forest to Be Held This Weekend on Allegheny National Forest Roads – GantNews.com

Forest ATV Trails Open May 24 – exploreClarion

National Forest Service ATV trails to open – The Derrick

Allegheny National Forest ATV trails open Friday – The Bradford Era

Free fishing program this weekend in Allegheny National Forest – Olean Times Herald

Free fishing program this weekend in Allegheny National Forest – The Bradford Era

Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau announces $25000 marketing, event grant program – The Bradford Era

 

Bald Eagle State Park

RTS: Cute towns – The Bradford Era (Bellefonte, Wellsboro, Bradford)

 

Clarion River

Programs coming up at Cook Forest State Park – The Courier Express

 

Clear Creek State Forest

Pennsylvania’s McKeever Tract now part of Old-Growth Forest Network – Outdoor News

 

Colton Point State Park

Get Away From It All At This Remote And Beautiful Campground In Pennsylvania – OnlyInYourState

 

Cook Forest State Park

Cook Forest Living History Weekend set for May 24-26 – The Courier Express

‘Nasty Ned the Frontiersman’ historical program announced at Cook Forest State Park – Clearfield Progress

Programs coming up at Cook Forest State Park – The Courier Express

 

Hyner Run State Park

In the Parks – The Express

Outdoor community calendar for week of May 21 – Williamsport Sun-Gazette

 

Kinzua Bridge State Park

Fireside Pumpers meeting Monday in Derrick City – Olean Times Herald

Federal officials visit with Kane small business owners – The Courier Express

 

Leonard Harrison State Park

RTS: Cute towns – The Bradford Era (Bellefonte, Wellsboro, Bradford)

Get Away From It All At This Remote And Beautiful Campground In Pennsylvania – OnlyInYourState

10 Serene Towns in Pennsylvania for a Weekend Retreat – WorldAtlas

 

Little Pine State Park

In the Parks – The Express

Outdoor community calendar for week of May 21 – Williamsport Sun-Gazette

 

Moshannon State Forest

“I OWE THEM MY LIFE” – Clearfield Progress (Woman survives gas leak at hunting camp near MSF)

 

Parker Dam State Park

Parker Dam to Host Kids Trout Fishing Tourney – Connect FM

Holiday weekend programs announced at Parker Dam State Park – Clearfield Progress

Over 100 kids attend trout fishing derby in Clearfield County – WTAJ

Memorial Day Weekend Programs Planned at Parker Dam – GantNews.com

 

Susquehannock State Forest

McKean County forest part of Old-Growth Forest Network – The Bradford Era

PA Forest inducted into Old Growth Forest Network – Tioga Publishing

 

West Branch Susquehanna River

Clearfield County resident catches ‘once in a lifetime fish’ – WTAJ

 

Landscapes and Journeys

Pine Creek Valley / PA Grand Canyon / Pine Creek Rail Trail

RTS: Cute towns – The Bradford Era (Bellefonte, Wellsboro, Bradford)

Get Away From It All At This Remote And Beautiful Campground In Pennsylvania – OnlyInYourState

10 Serene Towns in Pennsylvania for a Weekend Retreat – WorldAtlas

Rail trail sees placement of historic railroad bridge – Tioga Publishing

 

MENTIONING WCO / CONSERVATION SHOPS

Federal officials visit with Kane small business owners – The Courier Express

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