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.
PA WILDSIt’s never too late to get into shape on the trails in Warren County – Lisa Card, Warren County Visitors BureauHow 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 ForestryWCO
Member & Partner Press Releases
WCO Member Spotlights
PA WILDS CENTERPA Wilds Center meets with rural development practitioners, shares how region is avoiding ‘The Amenity Trap’
PA WILDS MARKETPLACEFall vibes for cold times – Hannah Brock
Photos from an amazing autumn pop-up event at Village Eatinghouse – The Village Eatinghouse
MENTIONING PA WILDSARC Area Development Grant to Support Expansion of PA Wilds Entrepreneurial Ecosystem – GantNews.comEDA grant to support growth plans for PA Wilds Center – Tioga PublishingKANE: Makers Market kicks off holiday shopping – The Bradford EraHow a PA Wilds remote work program measures success – Spotlight PA State CollegeRural towns hope to entice remote workers to move to the Pa. Wilds with a ‘free’ summer. Here’s how it’s going. – The Morning CallRTS: 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.”)
MENTIONING TA ENOS
EDA grant to support growth plans for PA Wilds Center – Tioga PublishingMENTIONING PA WILDS PUBLIC LANDS
Parks, forests, rivers
Allegheny National ForestLinda White recognized by NCTA for work on ANF – Times Observer
State moves to find and cap abandoned wells more quickly – Times Observer
Clarendon to utilize grant funds on wildfire equipment – Times ObserverWoodMobile makes encore stop – Times ObserverCollier’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.)Why teaching people about invasive plants can get a little thorny – The Allegheny Front
Allegheny RiverThe 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 ParkPunkin’ Chunkin’ highlights fall festival lineup – Centre County GazetteCalendar of Events – The ExpressPunkins get Chunk’d tomorrow at 2023 festival – The Express
Clarion River2024 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 ParkClarion 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 ForestDCNR: Brilliant colors found in Tri-County area – The Courier Express
Kettle Creek State ParkLiberty-Curtin students learn about owls, ecosystem – The Express
Kinzua Bridge State ParkWestern Pa.’s fall foliage colors will hit their peak over the next week – Pittsburgh Post-GazetteKinzua Bridge State Park announces upcoming programs – Olean Times HeraldMOU: Kinzua Bridge State Park, upcoming programs – The Bradford EraPrograms await at Kinzua Bridge State Park in late October and early November – The Kane Republican
Moshannon State ForestDCNR: Brilliant colors found in Tri-County area – The Courier Express
Tiadaghton State ForestThese Small Towns in Pennsylvania Have the Best Historic Districts – WorldAtlas (Lock Haven mentioned!)
Tioga State Forest
Landscapes and Journeys
Elk CountrySuperintendent: Events, activities keep students busy in DuBois Area School District – The Courier ExpressGeneral elk season opens Oct. 30 – Pennsylvania Pressroom – PA.GovHalloween happenings scheduled around the Tri-County area – The Courier ExpressHunters prepare as elk hunting season quickly approaches – YourErie.com
West Branch Susquehanna RiverThese Small Towns in Pennsylvania Have the Best Historic Districts – WorldAtlas (Lock Haven mentioned!)
MENTIONING WCO / CONSERVATION SHOPSKANE: Makers Market kicks off holiday shopping – The Bradford Era