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August 26, 2022

Is My Tree Dying?

Many readers may be noticing what appears to be early leaf-drop on one or more of their deciduous trees. If your tree appeared healthy about a month ago and is now shedding leaves, chances are good that your tree will be fine.

August 25, 2022

Caring for Medix Run

On Medix Run, about two dozen members of the Pennsylvania Wildlife Habitat Unlimited (PWHU) group met for the annual Medix Run Adopt-a-Stream Project. Fall is definitely in the air as members start removal of boughs, limbs, branches and rocks to enhance flows and maximize habitat for trout and the other species that call this stream home.

August 24, 2022

Five remote workers spent a month in Bellefonte with The Wilds are Working. Here’s how it went.

In July, five remote workers arrived in Bellefonte for a month-long The Wilds are Working lifestyle experience. And now that the 31 days of working, kayaking, making friends, eating and exploring Bellefonte’s destinations are over, the remote workers are weighing on their experience. 

August 22, 2022

New bridge will connect sections of Bald Eagle Valley Trail, renamed Katie’s Crossing

Two sections of the Bald Eagle Valley Trail in Clinton County have now been connected, and the bridge was dedicated and named in honor of Clinton County planner Katie de Silva, who helped make the connecting bridge a reality.

August 19, 2022

DCNR seeking comment on draft of e-bike policy

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) this week will outline a draft internal policy on the use of electric bicycles (e-bikes) on DCNR lands to the Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council for public comment. The current draft states that, on the lands it manages, DCNR will allow e-bikes on trails already open to traditional bicycle usage. Public comment is due by August 31.

August 17, 2022

Buffalo-Nut: A Hemi-Parasitic Shrub

What lives in the Appalachians, grows about 16 feet tall, is oily, smelly, and takes its neighbors’ food? (No, not Bigfoot!) Answer: The native buffalo-nut. This plant parasitizes the roots of many other plant species. It makes most of its own food but relies on other plants for water and nutrients, making it a hemi-parasite.

August 16, 2022

Lunch at Doolittle Station

Lou Bernard and his family drive to Doolittle Station in DuBois, a restaurant and entire plaza filled with eclectic array of kid-friendly things, like trains, frogs, dinosaurs and even Bigfoot himself!

August 12, 2022

Forest Management: Down to a Science

For forest and lands management, everything comes down to science. Do you ever wonder why some trees are cut, parks have controlled burns or areas are sprayed for invasive insects? As a manager of vast forests, the DCNR Bureau of Forestry is by extension a manager of many living things. Responsible management of a complex ecosystem with an intricate web of life demands decisions based on science to optimize results.

August 11, 2022

PA Parks and Forests Foundation announces 2022 photo contest, 2021 winners

Calling all photographers, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation’s annual Thru the Seasons photo contest is now open! The theme this year is the value of clean water. All photos must be taken in a Pennsylvania state park or forest. The submission deadline is September 30, 2022. For full contest details, please visit paparksandforests.org.

August 9, 2022

PA Wilds resident’s photo to appear on Clinton County Hyner View puzzle

PA Wilds resident Matt Wise, of Mill Hall, snapped the picture that will appear on the Clinton County Economic Partnership Visitors Bureau’s first puzzle in the new "Clinton County Landmarks" puzzle series, featuring Hyner View!