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May 22, 2020

Rushing to the Front Lines

If there is one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, it is that we are all in this storm together. The Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry has had no shortage of heroes in this battle.

May 18, 2020

As State Parks, Forests Reopen, DCNR Releases Facility Status Map

As state parks and forests reopen, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has released a facility status map showing data by county.

May 13, 2020

The King of the Dark Skies Landscape

A while back, Lou Bernard and his daughter went out on an adventure in the Dark Skies landscape to hunt down an old legend: there’s a story that claims King Arthur was buried in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

May 9, 2020

Take a Pass on Grass

The idea that homes be surrounded by expanses of lawn is older than America itself. Conversion of forests to lawns always results in a net loss of carbon-capturing capacity, biodiversity, and habitat for animals. Reducing acreage of lawn by planting native trees and wildflowers or growing a vegetable garden can have many benefits.

May 6, 2020

Allegheny National Forest to Begin Reopening

The Allegheny National Forest will begin a phased reopening of campgrounds and recreation sites beginning May 8, 2020. This phased approach will prioritize the health and safety of employees, visitors and volunteers, and is in alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing. 

May 4, 2020

DCNR Plans for Reopening Some State Park, Forest Facilities

DCNR is undertaking a phased reopening of Pennsylvania state park and forest facilities in keeping with Governor Wolf’s guidance and direction. Learn more about the schedule for reopening state park and forest facilities.

May 1, 2020

Will COVID-19 Affect Hunting Season?

Outdoorsman Beau Martonik notes that while the Pennsylvania Game Commission has indicated it will not be cancelling hunting seasons amid COVID-19, including the Spring Gobbler season, it doesn’t mean we should operate as “normal."

April 30, 2020

My Best Moments with the PA Wilds

Lou Bernard began contributing stories to the PA Wilds Are Calling blog in March 2018. To celebrate two years of contributions, Lou compiled a list of his top five picks.

April 24, 2020

Of Earth and Trees

After many weeks of quarantine, it has never been clearer. Oh, how we need our earthly treasures! Our earth and trees do so much for us, but they need our help.

April 22, 2020

Earth Day and The Wilderness Act: Deep Roots in the Pennsylvania Wilds

It was 50 years ago, April 22, 1970, that our annual observance of Earth Day began with 20 million people demanding change for a cleaner, healthier, sustainable environment. However, there was another environmental movement underway long before that, beginning right here in the Allegheny National Forest and Surrounds, by Tionesta’s Howard Zahniser. He wrote the 1964 National Wilderness Act that directed Congress to establish and protect wilderness areas on national forest land.