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March 28, 2019

Slim Croyle – The PA Wilds ‘Deer Whisperer’

As a know-it-all teenager, Ed Byers was highly skeptical of the legend of Slim Croyle, but his Aunt Dorothy said it was for real. It was not until Ed saw it firsthand that he believed a guy named "Slim," living in the Cross Fork community of the PA Wilds, could feed wild deer straight from his own mouth.

March 25, 2019

The Mystery of the Capitol Columns

The original Pennsylvania Capitol building was built in 1820. It burned down on February 2, 1897, and it was rebuilt. The original building, before the fire, had six stone columns on the front. They were huge, sixty feet tall. Three of them wound up in the Pennsylvania Wilds. The other three.... well, that's a mystery.

March 22, 2019

Call of the Wilds: Rallying the Literary Voices of Northern Appalachia

For the past year, PJ Piccirillo and a network of writers and academics from northern Appalachia have been planning The Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia, slated for September 6-8, 2019. The conference will offer writers a space to gather for inspiration, further education, support, and networking. Presentation proposals are due by March 30.

March 20, 2019

Springtime: A Time of Renewal and Fire in the Forest

Although all creatures react to the onset of spring a little differently, one common theme persists: spring is a time of renewal.

March 15, 2019

Flint, Steel and … Bacon? How to start a primitive campfire.

Survival skills instructor Art Dawes recently headed to the woods for a bit of campfire therapy. His plan was to hike around in the state forest, find a god spot to make a campfire, and then cook the bacon he brought along. Learn about how to start a fire with limited resources and reap the rewards (with a yummy sandwich!).

March 13, 2019

Hiking the West Creek Recreational Trail

The West Creek Recreational Trail in St. Marys, a community located in the Elk Country landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds, runs from St. Marys to Emporium, a borough that flanks the Elk Country and Dark Skies landscapes. Photographer Samantha Cunningham loves hiking the trail, and capturing it along the way!

March 10, 2019

About more than sales: PA Wilds Conservation Shop Buyer’s Market builds connections

Offering an opportunity to connect with retailers from across the region and the shopping public, the creative makers of the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania made their goods and services available during the third annual PA Wilds Conservation Shop Buyer’s Market on March 2, 2019.

March 8, 2019

My family’s trip on Scenic Route 6

Not too long ago, my family took a weekend trip. I pitched the idea that, on the way home, we take Scenic Route 6 and make a few stops along the way. I did this for two reasons: My family likes to stop and see interesting things, and I could get an article out of it.

March 5, 2019

Get your fill of maple products March 16-17 during Maple Weekend

Explore the Pine Creek Valley & PA Grand Canyon and the Dark Skies landscapes of the Pennsylvania Wilds while touring maple-producing farms and finding some of the best-tasting products from the region during the 15th Annual Maple Weekend.

March 2, 2019

Snowmobiling in Penn’s Woods

Tioga State Forest is hardly the only destination for snowmobiling in our vast state forest system.  Loyalsock, Tiadaghton, Susquehannock, Elk, Sproul, Moshannon, and Bald Eagle state forests also possess ideal “sledding” trails.