December 8 Weekly PA Wilds News Digest

December 8, 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 visitor blog, Lou Bernard shares the story of a former governor who swears he saw Santa Claus in Tioga County as a child. Lycoming County Audubon gives the news of finches returning for the winter in the PA Wilds. The Allegheny River was nominated (for the second time, after winning in 2017!) for PA’s River of the Year, and voting is now open.

On the PA Wilds Center blog, organizations from several states visited the Pennsylvania Wilds region to learn more about how rural communities can sustainably activate their natural resource economies as part of a program organized by The Conservation Fund in mid-October.

On the Shop the PA Wilds Marketplace blog, congratulations to Goot Essa (a PA Wilds Marketplace vendor) for winning an American Cheese Society award.

In news about the PA Wilds region, the partnership between Starr Hill Winery and the PA Wilds Center continues with the Squatch N Berry wine now available in cans.



Portage native takes pride in caring for Blue Knob – Altoona Mirror (Says PA Wilds is favorite spot to hike!)
Parks, forests, rivers
Allegheny National Forest
Getaway to Warren, PA – Pittsburgh Magazine

Allegheny River
Allegheny, Youghiogheny rivers nominated for Pennsylvania’s River of the Year; here’s how to vote – WPXI
Voting to Begin for Pennsylvania’s 2024 River of the Year – Pennsylvania Pressroom
Voting opens for Pennsylvania River of the Year – ABC27
Voting to begin for Pennsylvania’s 2024 River of the Year – Meadville Tribune
Allegheny among River of the Year nominees – The Derrick
What is Pennsylvania Known For In 2023 – Travel2Next
Getaway to Warren, PA – Pittsburgh Magazine

Chapman State Park
The 7 Best Reasons Why Pennsylvania Is Home to the Greatest Skiing in the U.S. – A-Z Animals

Cherry Springs State Park

Clarion River
Rails to Trails group plans extension from Ridgway to Johnsonburg – The Bradford Era

Colton Point State Park
Leonard Harrison State Park
Portage native takes pride in caring for Blue Knob – Altoona Mirror (Says PA Wilds is favorite spot to hike!)
Sinnemahoning State Park
Sproul State Forest
DCNR Announces New District Forester for the Buchanan State Forest – Pennsylvania Pressroom (Naugle began as a forest technician in Sproul State Forest.)
Landscapes and Journeys
Dark Skies
I-80 Frontier
Pine Creek Valley / PA Grand Canyon / Pine Creek Rail Trail

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