July 28, 2023

The Truth About Snakes

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources wildlife biologist Aura Stauffer understands people’s trepidation with snakes.  After all, they are portrayed in religion, mythology, and literature as evil creatures which are always up to no good. Part of Aura's job as a wildlife biologist with DCNR is to convince others of the importance of the noble serpent. 

July 27, 2023

Outfitting the PA Wilds: Pale Whale Canoe Fleet

Pale Whale Canoe Fleet is the premier livery for canoe, kayak, inner tube, and river raft rentals on the ‘Wild & Scenic’ Clarion River in the Cook Forest and the Ancients landscape of the PA Wilds! Open daily from May through September, Pale Whale has a variety of trips to help you make the most of your outing. Canoe or kayak trips (4 or 10 miles), single tube trips (2.5 or 4 miles), and river raft trips (4 miles) offer travelers the opportunity to experience the river up close and personal.

April 20, 2023

Earth Day 2023 in the PA Wilds: Taking care of the places we love

We hope you honor the spirit of Earth Day throughout the year, but April 22 can be an especially meaningful day to take care of the places we love in the Pennsylvania Wilds. On April 22, 1970, the United States of America celebrated its first Earth Day, the birth of the modern environmental movement. We have some tips for celebrating in a special way that respects and honors the places we love.

February 28, 2023

The Allegheny National Forest celebrates 100 years

With the simple stroke of a pen 100 years ago, President Calvin Coolidge signed a proclamation establishing the Allegheny National Forest (ANF). Thanks to President Coolidge and several other U.S. Presidents, you, me and many others get to enjoy the wonder of it all. The journey that moment in 1923 to now has been long and difficult, with hard work throughout the ANF's history.

December 28, 2022

Year in Review: Top 10 PA Wilds blogs of 2022

For those of you who didn't get a chance to keep up with the blog all year, we're counting down the Top 10 blogs for you to catch up on all things PA Wilds before 2023 arrives. Starting with #10 and ending with #1, check out the most read blogs of this year!

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.