Bureau of Economic Analysis: 2021 a record-breaking year for outdoor recreation economy

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, released national and state economic data showcasing the record-breaking year the outdoor recreation economy had in 2021. This analysis demonstrates outdoor recreation’s powerful and positive economic impact on the U.S. economy as the nation rebounded from the COVID-19 pandemic and Americans…

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Meredith Hill recognized as “Good Natured Pennsylvanian” for PA Wilds work

We’d like to congratulate Meredith Hill for recently being featured in the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) newsletter in the “Good Natured Pennsylvanians” section, honoring her incredible work for both the Pennsylvania Wilds and stewardship throughout the Commonwealth. The Good Natured Pennsylvanians article: Meredith is the Conservation Landscape Director at DCNR and…

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Request for Proposals: Leave No Trace Campaign Designer

The PA Wilds Center is looking to hire a juried professional level graphic designer from The Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO) program to develop creative to be used as part of the PA Wilds Leave No Trace campaign, part of the PA Wilds Steward Program. These creative visuals will be used in a variety of…

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Request for Proposals: PA Wilds Champion Awards Producer

Do you have an idea for an award design? Could you create the memento that PA Wilds Champion Awards winners would be proud to display at home? The PA Wilds Center is looking to contract with a juried artisan in The Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO) program to design and create a new memento for…

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Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin Tours PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Kinzua Bridge, Sees ARC Investments in Action

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin joined partners last week in touring projects in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Federal Co-Chair Manchin spent Wednesday afternoon and evening at the Elk Country Visitor Center, meeting with the Local Development District Association of Pennsylvania and learning more about elk country from the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, which…

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Moving ahead after BBBRC

Moving ahead after BBBRC By Tataboline Enos, PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship Founder + CEO Well friends, we tried so hard to bring this home for rural PA. As the only outdoor recreation industry cluster to make it to the final round, representing a highly rural landscape, we left it all on the field. Everything.…

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PA Wilds Planning Team sets the stage for its future work

The regional effort to grow the outdoor economy in the rural Pennsylvania Wilds turns 20 next year, and in step with that major milestone, the PA Wilds Planning Team met recently to revisit its history and collaborate on where its planning efforts need to go next.  The Planning Team was formed through a groundbreaking intergovernmental…

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