November 10, 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.
In PA Wilds media coverage, many parts of the PA Wilds region were named as some of the 10 best road trips in scenic Pennsylvania. Media also covered the Sugar Bay wildfire in the Allegheny National Forest, which is thankfully now contained.
On the PA Wilds Center blog, readers can see a list of partner opportunities and resources. The PA Wilds Center is also hiring for a full-time hybrid Grant Contracts Administrator. Communities throughout the PA Wilds are also encouraged to apply to be a host community for remote workers in the 2024 Wilds Are Working program; application deadline is December 15.
On the PA Wilds visitor blog, there are partner contributions from the Lycoming Audubon Society, Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, and Forest Fridays (DCNR Bureau of Forestry).
PA WILDSBIRD LORE: One way to help birds this winter – Sabrina Kirby, Lycoming Audubon SocietyState parks along the West Branch Susquehanna River – Natalie Miller, Susquehanna Greenway PartnershipForest Fridays: A bumper crop of red oak acorns – Ryan Reed, Forest FridaysWCO
WCO Member Spotlights
November spotlight – Hygrade Inn: The Makings of a Memorable Stay in the PA Wilds
PA WILDS CENTER
PA WILDS MARKETPLACELibby’s tips for taking care of yourself and loved ones this holiday season – Libby Bloomquist
MENTIONING PA WILDS10 Least Crowded, But Still Scenic Towns To Visit In Pennsylvania – TheTravel (Smethport, Bellefonte, and Ridgway all mentioned)Renamed State College Regional Airport Begins a New Era – StateCollege.com
MENTIONING PA WILDS PUBLIC LANDS
Parks, forests, rivers
Allegheny National ForestLost heritage: Bringing American martens back to Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sugar Bay Wildfire burning in Allegheny National Forest – Olean Times Herald62-acre forest fire on ANF 40 percent contained, officials say – Times ObserverSugar Bay Forest Fire in Warren County – Erie News NowSugar Bay wildfire nearing containment – The Bradford Era
Cherry Springs State ParkEmbark on a Journey Through Pennsylvania’s Timeless Allure – Luxury Travel Magazine
Clarion RiverOld letter gives glimpse of Clarion County 100 years ago – The Clarion News
Colton Point State Park
Cook Forest State ParkGingerbread Tour returns to Cook Forest area – The Courier ExpressOld letter gives glimpse of Clarion County 100 years ago – The Clarion News
Elk State ForestArizona woman trampled to death in state’s first recorded fatal elk attack – Washington Times (Happened in Arizona, not here, but they use a photo from Paul Staniszewski taken in Elk State Forest.)
Elk State ParkHyner Run State ParkHyner View State ParkKinzua Bridge State ParkSled dogs, mushers present dry-land event – The Bradford EraLeonard Harrison State ParkAirbnb reveals top 5 ‘most-loved’ homes in Pennsylvania – NBC10 Philadelphia (Two out of the five are in Wellsboro!)Sinnemahoning State Park
Tiadaghton State ForestNew local book club with nature focus begins next year – NorthcentralPA.com (Pine Creek Nature Book Club)
Landscapes and Journeys
Bucktail Scenic Byway
Dark SkiesEmbark on a Journey Through Pennsylvania’s Timeless Allure – Luxury Travel Magazine
Elk CountryHunting enthusiasts seize once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Pennsylvania’s general elk season – WJACThis 83-year-old hunter got his second lifetime Pa. elk. It’s not this week’s only trophy. – Erie Times-NewsFall season provides peak elk tourism at Elk Country Visitor Center – Indiana GazetteElk Country Visitor Center November weekend programs – The Courier ExpressCivil War gold: Witnesses to mysterious FBI treasure hunt describe seeing heavily loaded armored truck – Milwaukee IndependentElk Scenic DrivePA Grand Canyon / Pine Creek Valley / Pine Creek Rail TrailAirbnb reveals top 5 ‘most-loved’ homes in Pennsylvania – NBC10 Philadelphia (Two out of the five are in Wellsboro!)
Scenic Route 6
West Branch Susquehanna River