September 1, 2023 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 blog, the outfitters and breweries series continues. There is also a nice recap piece of how the Wilds Are Working participants were welcomed in Warren during the month of August. Casey Ferry, executive director for Warren County Visitors Bureau, also shared her personal experience of getting out of her comfort zone and starting to standup paddleboard for the first time.
On the PA Wilds Center blog, Wilds Sonshine Factory officially opened in Kane with their PA Wilds licensed product, Sonshine, which is a distilled alcohol made from sunflowers that are grown here in the PA Wilds. Please also remember that the PA Wilds Media Lab Grand Opening is less than a month away, on September 26 in Kane.
The PA Wilds and public lands got a lot of attention in nationwide media coverage this week. Sarah Lindgren, the park manager for Kettle Creek and Ole Bull State Parks, was featured in a viral video and news coverage when she rescued a bear cub that got its head stuck in a plastic container. As the fall season approaches, many news outlets are also including PA Wilds public lands in places to explore and see the fall foliage.
PA WILDSFinding my adventure with paddleboarding – Casey Ferry, Warren County Visitors BureauBrewing in the PA Wilds: Floating Feathers Brewing Company – Britt Madera
WCOMember & Partner Press ReleasesAugust spotlight – New Trail Brewing Co: Inviting us to take new adventuresSeptember spotlight – PA Route 6 Alliance: Supporting a scenic heritage corridor
WCO Member Spotlights
WCO Member Spotlights
PA WILDS MARKETPLACE
Buffalo Mac-N-Cheese using The Village Eatinghouse Sultry & Smoky Italian
MENTIONING PA WILDS
Trout Unlimited award – The Courier Express
DCNR Celebrates Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail as Pennsylvania’s 2023 Trail of the Year – Pennsylvania Pressroom
Cozy Cabins and Rustic Retreats for a Pennsylvania Fall Foliage Getaway – visitPA (By my count, 11 out of the 29 places listed are in the PA Wilds, with some of them being called out specifically as being in the heart of the PA Wilds and noting all of the outdoor rec assets nearby these cabins!)
Pennsylvania Plans to Bring the American Marten Home – Sierra Club
A reclamation success story in PA Wilds – Olean Times Herald (Reclamation and cleanup at Bennetts Branch Watershed, at the crux of Clearfield, Elk, and Cameron Counties)
Observatory To Host Steve Conard For Lecture Series – Post JournalWoman’s Heroic Act Rescues Bear Cub Trapped in Plastic Bottle – Alaska Commons
MENTIONING PA WILDS PUBLIC LANDS
Parks, forests, rivers
Allegheny National ForestArtist’s love of nature brings praise for ANF program – Times ObserverInaugural effort seen as a success so far – Times ObserverWoodland stream education event set for Saturday – Times ObserverCentennial baseball game, Wednesday – The Bradford Era
Allegheny RiverTour dates announced for Sherman Memorial Lighthouse – The Courier ExpressBicycle Repair Station Installed In East Brady – The Courier Express
Cherry Springs State Park
Clarion RiverCook Forest State Park
Colton Point State ParkLeonard Harrison State Park opens for Labor Day Weekend despite ongoing construction – NorthcentralPA.com
Elk State Forest
Hyner Run State ParkOutdoor Community Calendar: Late Summer and Fall Wildflowers on Friday – Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Hyner View State Park
Kettle Creek State ParkWatch Pa. ranger free bear cub from plastic jug – Penn Live
Kinzua Bridge State ParkPA Wilds to open Media Lab for Sept. 26; Open house includes tours, information stations – Tioga PublishingMcKean Co. Conservation District directors & staff honored – The Bradford EraDCNR Celebrates Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail as Pennsylvania’s 2023 Trail of the Year – Pennsylvania PressroomComing out on top: MJ2KB is Trail of the Year – The Bradford Era
Leonard Harrison State ParkLeonard Harrison State Park opens for Labor Day Weekend despite ongoing construction – NorthcentralPA.com
Little Pine State ParkOutdoor Community Calendar: Late Summer and Fall Wildflowers on Friday – Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Ole Bull State ParkWatch Pa. ranger free bear cub from plastic jug – Penn Live
Sinnemahoning State ParkClose out summer at Sinnemahoning State Park – The Bradford Era
Sproul State Forest
Tioga State Forest
Landscapes and Journeys
Elk CountryPrograms at the Elk Country Visitor Center – The Courier Express
PA Grand Canyon / Pine Creek Gorge / Pine Creek Rail Trail
MENTIONING WCO / CONSERVATION SHOPS