Due to the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, please use appropriate precautions when traveling in the PA Wilds and refer to the PA Department of Health for updates.

Stewardship

March 24, 2022

Volunteers with a passion for stewardship restore bird boxes in the PA Wilds

Volunteers from the Pennsylvania Wildlife Habitat Unlimited (PWHU) restore bird boxes at Beaver Run and Shaggers Inn Pond in the PA Wilds! PWHU organization has been dedicated to stewardship efforts in the PA Wilds for decades. Learn about their most recent project and upcoming stewardship efforts from the PWHU.

March 14, 2022

This sugaring season, make maple syrup without a maple tree

Sugaring Season is underway across the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states! If you don’t have sugar maples, then why not try something else? Check out what other trees can make a good syrup to put on your pancakes, waffles and more!

March 3, 2022

Perfect Little “Pines”

If you've ever walked through the forests of Penn's Woods, you have probably seen these perfect little "pines". You may be surprised to learn that these little "pines" are actually a type of moss - and they are ancient.

January 27, 2022

The tenacity of Marcescent leaves

There is a phenomenon that occurs in some trees during the winter months. Learn about the fascinating marcescence (mar-sess-ents) leaves that can be found in the forests of Pennsylvania.

January 13, 2022

The benefits of harvesting timber on State Forest lands

The PA Wilds has two million acres of public land in its region, including 8 State Forests. In order to keep our beautiful forests healthy, timber is harvested. Learn from DCNR what some of the benefits of harvesting timber can be!

January 6, 2022

Recycle your Christmas tree to nature this season!

When the holidays are over, don’t throw your real Christmas tree out with the trash -- recycle it! Here are some great tips to give a new purpose to your real Christmas tree after the holidays.

November 25, 2021

Something’s fishy in the forest

Something's fishy...in the forest? Learn about PA's charismatic fisher (Pekania pennanti), whose population has made a comeback over the last century.

November 18, 2021

‘We Watched the Stars’: The Wonder of Our PA Wilds Dark Skies

Inspiring awe and delight, Dark Skies Landscape is home to the world’s second certified International Dark-Sky Park. Cherry Springs State Park is world-famous for being one the best places in the USA for stargazing and the study of astronomy. Learn more about the importance of Dark Skies and the wonders you can find in the night sky at Cherry Springs.

November 1, 2021

Spotted Lanternfly: The worst bug in the Commonwealth

The Spotted Lanternfly isn't a moth nor a fly.  It has however been labeled as the worst bug in the Commonwealth. Learn what the Spotted Lanternfly is and how you can help stop the spread of this invasive species.

October 14, 2021

‘Boom to Bust’: How the PA Wilds Survived

“You might find it hard to believe,” said my grandfather as we drove through southern Potter County, “but I remember a day when there was barely a stick of lumber on these mountains.” Ed Byers walks through the lows and highs of lumber in the PA Wilds. From the booming lumber industry that left much of the wilderness barren to the 100 years of conservation that followed. The conservation legacy lives on today in the PA Wilds region.