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April 2, 2020

DCNR Provides Guidance on Outdoor Activities During Coronavirus Outbreak

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn reminds Pennsylvanians that being outdoors is good health care and self care, but recommendations for social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus still apply.

March 30, 2020

PA Wilds businesses learning to adapt amid COVID-19, finding support in community

Across the state, businesses have been forced to change the way they’re doing business — or close temporarily — as a result of the spread of COVID-19 across the entire country.

March 25, 2020

Stay Safe: Advice from the Pennsylvania Wilds

Lou Bernard talks about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the similarities between present day challenges and the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

March 13, 2020

Women of the Pennsylvania Wilds

March is Women’s History Month. In this article, Lou Bernard celebrates women who have made history in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

March 10, 2020

PA Wilds: Angling, Oil and Luxury in the Allegheny National Forest

A three-hour drive from Pittsburgh, over five from New York, the intriguing Allegheny National Forest region of Pennsylvania – aka PA Wilds – is not easy to get to. But, as they say, “getting there is half the fun,” and “nothing worthwhile is ever easy.”

March 2, 2020

Winter Blues: Bluebirds prepare for Spring

Mired in the depths of winter, it is easy to catch oneself daydreaming about spring. As we contemplate these things, another creature is also preparing for the season. Among the earliest nest site selectors, bluebirds have begun to search for suitable cavities for nesting.

February 26, 2020

Shed Hunting for Mountain Bucks

Throughout the winter, whitetail bucks will shed their antlers. From late February through April, looking for shed antlers is something that outdoorsman Beau Martonik looks forward to every year.

February 21, 2020

Solar Power at Parker Dam State Park

Parker Dam State Park, located in the Elk Country landscape fo the Pennsylvania Wilds and very near the I-80 Frontier, features solar-powered equipment.

February 14, 2020

Henry Shoemaker and the Lost Chord

I’m sure when my editor asked me to write a Valentine’s article for the blog, she was thinking of something different. It’s certain that she expected “Six Romantic Getaways in the Pennsylvania Wilds” or “Romantic Bed and Breakfasts To Take Your Valentine To” or something like that. But that kind of thing just isn’t in my wheelhouse. Fortunately, Henry Shoemaker is there for me.

February 10, 2020

Philipsburg revitalization organization looks toward future

Like many small-town communities across the state, Philipsburg, located along the I-80 Frontier of the Pennsylvania Wilds, started to see hard times as its major industries started to decline.  But recent efforts by the Philipsburg Revitalization Corporation have focused on fostering entrepreneurship, as well as events that bring the community together and encourage economic development.