October 27 Weekly PA Wilds News Digest

October 27, 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 Center’s blog, two updates went out this week: the news of the fantastic ARC Area Development Grant that the Center will use in part to continue the mission through the PA Wilds Conservation Shops and entrepreneurial ecosystem, as well as a recap blog from an open field session that Ta Enos took part in earlier this year to discuss how to combat the “Amenity Trap.”

On the PA Wilds visitor blog, some great partnership continues with various wonderful contributors to the blog, including Lou Bernard’s Ghosts of the PA Wilds series, a blog from Lisa Card of Warren County Visitors Center, tips from DCNR of how to reuse or dispose of pumpkins, and a Forest Friday blog about spooky mushrooms.

On the PA Wilds Marketplace blog, Hannah Brock contributed her list of some of the sellers’ products that are perfect for the fall season. Please remember that the PA Wilds Makers Market (an online one-day celebration of the sellers with discounts, deals and virtual tours) is on Saturday, November 4 all day.

In the media coverage of the PA Wilds Center, there was great ongoing coverage of the EDA and ARC grants that the Center received.

How to give your jack-o-lantern back to nature – DCNR (conservation tips from newsletter)
Forest Fridays: Toot toot, trumpets of the dead – John Schwartzer, DCNR Bureau of Forestry
Member & Partner Press Releases
WCO Member Spotlights
Fall vibes for cold times – Hannah Brock


RTS: Inez Bull and hitchhiking God – The Bradford Era (Article on a local paranormal legend, written by frequent PA Wilds blog contributor Lou Bernard. Specifically mentions PA Wilds as a region, as well as Lou’s current spooky Ghosts of the PA Wilds series at PAWilds.com/blog throughout October!)
Titan Books snaps up Ryan’s ‘utterly terrifying wintery tale’ – The Bookseller (“Cold Snap follows Christine Sinclaire who runs away to the Pennsylvania Wilds with her 15 year-old son after her husband falls to his death while hanging Christmas lights. But at the cabin, Christine begins to hear strange noises in the forest and is stalked by a horned figure who calls her name with her dead husband’s voice.”)

Parks, forests, rivers

Allegheny National Forest
WoodMobile makes encore stop – Times Observer
Collier’s Weekly: Let’s Go on a Squonk Hunt – Pittsburgh Magazine (Also mentions the author admiring a squonk t-shirt at WCO member Allegheny Outfitters in Warren.)
Allegheny River
The Scariest Bridge in Pennsylvania Is Not for the Faint of Heart – AZ Animals (Emlenton Bridge, crossing over the Allegheny River between Clarion and Venango Counties. A literal bridge into the PA Wilds!)
Bald Eagle State Park
Calendar of Events – The Express
Clarion River
2024 River of the Year Nominations Open Through November 10 – Pennsylvania Pressroom (Clarion River won in 2019.)
Clarion County Photo of the Day – exploreClarion.com
Clear Creek State Park
Where can you camp in Pennsylvania and how do you reserve your site? – ABC27 (“River camping spots” mentioned as only being available at Clear Creek in PA state parks.)
Cook Forest State Park
Clarion County Weekend Guide – exploreClarion.com (Photography workshop in Cook Forest)
2023 Halloween Guide for Clarion County and Surrounding Areas – exploreClarion.com (Cathedral by candlelight event in Cook Forest)
Elk State Forest
Kettle Creek State Park
Kinzua Bridge State Park
Moshannon State Forest
Tiadaghton State Forest
Tioga State Forest
Landscapes and Journeys
Elk Country
General elk season opens Oct. 30 – Pennsylvania Pressroom – PA.Gov
West Branch Susquehanna River

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