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News

November 4, 2022

“All about connections:” Kane’s remote worker initiative showcases outdoor adventure and belonging

Kane, a community in the Allegheny National Forest and Surrounds Landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds, became home for five remote workers in September. Coming from all walks of life — and all across the country — these individuals got three weeks to explore, make connections and enjoy the outdoor recreation that Kane offers in spades.

June 25, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Heritage and Nonprofit Partners

Today's Great Outdoors Month post goes to the many heritage and nonprofit partners who are helping to grow the outdoor economy in the PA Wilds. Under BBBRC, several of these partners would complete projects in their wheelhouses that would grow the region's outdoor rec industry cluster, such as installing bike repair stations along Route 6, doing an assessment of the PA Wilds as a cycling destination, completing the Brady Tunnel project (a top-10 PA trail gap), bringing new hiking guidebooks to market, and more!

June 9, 2022

Celebrating our Partners: Gear Manufacturers

A huge part of the PA Wilds outdoor rec cluster are people and companies who make things, from artisans, to producers, to manufacturers. Learn more about Organic Climbing (a global producer of gear for rock climbing, based in Philipsburg) and Equinox (a soft-goods manufacturer based in Williamsport, specializing in backpacking and hiking products).

June 7, 2022

Celebrating our Partners

To celebrate June being Great Outdoors Month, we are highlighting partners each day who are helping grow the outdoor recreation economy here in the PA Wilds to help revitalize rural communities. Our 13-county region is the only outdoor rec industry cluster to make it to the final round of the national Build Back Better Regional Challenge competition, where we are now competing for $50M in federal investment from the US Economic Development Administration. We couldn't have made it this far without our incredible partners!

May 27, 2022

The science behind why nature makes us feel good

Have you ever noticed feeling lighter after spending the day outdoors? There is indeed a psychological explanation for nature’s benefits on our mind and moods.

May 5, 2022

The Anagama Kiln: A Unique Chance to Fire Pottery, Commune with Artists

Using an anagama kiln is a rare opportunity to produce pieces which have a certain "look" often sought after by artists and collectors alike. It's also a special time to commune with fellow clay artists, share a drink or two, and even eat a turkey roasted in a pit. Gary Greenburg (known as "Greeny" by his students) offers an opportunity for his art class at Clarion University to take part in the adventure of firing a wood kiln for three straight days. Student and artisan Nicole St. Laurent shares her experience.

April 21, 2022

CleanScapes shows how little acts can make a big difference.

As spring slowly comes to the PA Wilds, a CleanScapes member reflects on how she started a small act of stewardship in her neighborhood, and how that made her community and natural space a little more beautiful.

April 5, 2022

Remote work initiative launches in Pennsylvania Wilds community

Piloting in summer 2022 in the PA Wilds community of Bellefonte, The Wilds Are Working: A Remote Lifestyle Experience will allow remote workers to live, work, volunteer, and explore all that the rural area has to offer. Applications are now open through April 30 to participate in the July 2022 Remote Lifestyle Experience.

April 4, 2022

How to estimate deer density on your property

Learn the various way to get an estimated count of the number of deer that utilize your property from AccuForage! Collecting this data can help you decide how to manage your property for the coming seasons.

March 22, 2022

Learn about how to prevent aquatic invasive species this fishing season

Fishing season is just around the corner in the PA Wilds and across PA. The PA Wilds has over 2,000 miles of wild trout streams to experience this season, so now is a great time to learn about how to prevent Aquatic Invasive Species.