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July 26, 2019

The CCC Boys of the Pennsylvania Wilds: A legacy lives on

In the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) era (1933 to 1942) nearly 195,000 Pennsylvanians served as “Three-C-Boys” in CCC camps. They came from families on various forms of government assistance, devastated by the effects of the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression, as Pennsylvania and the nation languished in the depths of economic despair. They planted pines, fought forest fires, built roads, bridges, fire towers and campgrounds, all of which became part of our great state park system.

July 23, 2019

Family trees in the Pennsylvania Wilds

Who are we? Where did we come from? How does the past lead to the present? These are questions that have been discussed for thousands of years. The best way to do this kind of research is to visit the site where your ancestors lived, and look through the records. For those with ancestry from the Pennsylvania Wilds, there are some great places to search.

July 20, 2019

PA Wilds Celebrates the Apollo 50th Lunar Landing Anniversary

The Pennsylvania Wilds joins the world on July 20th 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission, and celebrate its impact on science, technology and humanity. Read on for some notable connections between the PA Wilds and this world-changing moment that changed our perception of the cosmos forever, and ways to celebrate here in rural Pennsylvania! #Apollo50th

July 19, 2019

68th Annual Woodsmen Show promises fun for the whole family

Between August 2-4, wood carvers, ax throwers, log rollers and the like will descend on the Cherry Springs State Park to participate in the 68th Annual Galeton Rotary Woodsmen Show. 

July 17, 2019

Often Heard and Seldom Seen: Birds of Pennsylvania’s Interior Forests

Pennsylvania state forest land includes some of the largest tracts of intact forest in the commonwealth, providing critical habitat for several bird species. While hiking one of these unfragmented forests, you are likely to hear many birds singing and calling, but you would be lucky to catch a glimpse of more than a few. That’s because they remain hidden in the dense forest canopy or shady understory.

July 14, 2019

Explore public lands during ‘Parks and Recreation Month’

July is Parks and Recreation Month across the nation. It’s the perfect time to celebrate and explore our public lands and take in the beauty of nature around us. In this rural region, over 2.1 million acres of public lands are protected and set aside for citizens and visitors to enjoy. The Pennsylvania Wilds boasts 29 state parks, eight state forests, and is home to the Commonwealth’s only national forest: the Allegheny National Forest.

July 11, 2019

Straub Brewery: Great things are on tap in the Pennsylvania Wilds

In addition to promoting the Pennsylvania Wilds through its iconic brand, Straub is noted for its strong family and community ties – and there is cause for celebration as the brewery unveiled its new Visitor Center and Tap Room with a soft opening on June 19th. A grand opening celebration has been set for July 19th.

July 8, 2019

New location centralizes, streamlines Allegheny Outfitters’ operations

Allegheny Outfitters, located in Warren, Pennsylvania, recently moved and expanded operations from its small storefront canoe, kayak and backpacking shop on one end of Warren, and its livery side of operations on the other side of town, into one big building right on the banks of the Allegheny River downtown.

July 5, 2019

Timber Rattlesnakes in Pennsylvania

Hiking a state forest trail this time of year brings a higher probability of a snake encounter, and the timber rattlesnake is the species that people generally fear the most.  One of three venomous snakes that occur in PA, the timber rattler embodies the wild appeal of Penn’s Woods.

July 2, 2019

Coudersport’s 2019 Eliot Ness Fest is Ready to Roll

On a warm July weekend last year in the Pennsylvania Wilds Dark Skies landscape, the population of Coudersport nearly doubled for the inaugural three-day Eliot Ness Festival, paying homage to Coudersport’s most famous son. This year the three-day festival is set for July 19-21 in downtown Coudersport.