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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

PA Wilds Initiative Is Showing Positive Results

The PA WILDS IS Working!
By Michael Wennin
After several years of planning, laying foundations, and creating partnerships, the twelve county Pennsylvania WILDS initiative is beginning to see results.

The immense coalition of state advisors, county employees and local volunteers working to develop the Pennsylvania WILDS has begun to see the fruits of their labor. Hotel rooms (this does not take into account campsites, cabins and lodges) sold in the PA WILDS was up in 2008 6.5% (954,000 total rooms) with a 12% increase in revenue ($71.3 M) from these rooms. This is significant in that some of the state's traditional vacation destinations saw a decline. All of the festivals and events in the region experienced increased or sustained visitation last year during a time of high gas prices.

In spite of the economy, this year has seen some incredible increases so far in attendance and participation in area events.

Groundhog Day 2009 saw 13,500 visitors. The Chapman State Park Winterfest had 12,800 participants- up 2000 from 2008. The Chain Saw Carving Rendezvous saw 20,150 visitors and raised $45,900 at their closing day auction. The Kinzua Outdoor Show saw over 6000 attendees, an increase of some 1200 people.

The Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic had close to 200 boats in the water up from 124 last year. In Clinton County applications were closed early for the Hyner Run Challenge as more than 770 people had signed up for the event- up 150 from last year.

Maple Syrup Weekend in Potter and Tioga Counties saw double the number of visitors at some of the open Sugar Shacks with several hundred people from as far away as Maryland participating in the event.

Various cabin rental locations in the region are already booked for the season and Interstate 80 hotels are holding their own which is significant in that other destination hotels are experiencing a decrease in overnight stays.

One of the most satisfying outcomes of the Pennsylvania Wilds has been seen locally through out the region as community after community has stepped up to take on the challenges of taking advantage of this opportunity. Early on, nine groups of community leaders from around the region participated in the Balancing Nature and Tourism workshop where they learned first hand how to utilize the possibility and opportunities the initiative has to offer.

They recently reported on their projects and listeners were amazed at the results these 9 groups had produced in such a short time many working outside of their comfort zones making a difference in their communities all beaming with pride in what they had accomplished and what they will accomplish in the future.

One of the regions many success stories include the opening of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Artisan Center that has seen sales of upwards of $20,000 since it opened last July. The Center was created by the Chamber to participate in the PA WILDS Artisan Trail and represents over 50 local artisans.

People involved with the Pennsylvania Wilds are convinced that these early numbers are just the beginning of what will be seen this season. The current economy will give Pennsylvanians and their close neighbors an opportunity to discover the treasures in their 0wn back yards, giving the local economies a much needed boost.

For more information visit the website at www.pawilds.com

Michael Wennin is the Executive Director of the Lumber Heritage Region (LHR) The LHR is one of the Commonwealth 's 12 Heritage Areas dedicated to preserving. relating, and enhancing the history and heritage of the people and their relationship with Pennsylvania's forests. The LHR office is located in the Cameron County Courthouse in Emporium. For more information visit their website at www.lumberheritage.org

18 comments :

Anonymous said...

Please explain to me how hundreds of 428 ft high wind turbines all over the same PA wilds area and Cherry Springs state park fit in to these plans. They just don't fit. It just does not make sence!

Anonymous said...

Oh happy days! More noise pollution, more trash, more people. Everything the northcentral was meant to be!

Anonymous said...

Anybody notice all of the overly loud motorcycles this weekend? HEY! Come ride RT 6! We love the noise that can be heard clear down to Germania!

Anonymous said...

All hail tourism !!! All hail tourism !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wake up people ~~the businesses in this county need some sort of boost! There are many businesses in the local & surrounding communities that rely on the tourists coming to the County for whatever reason. Recreation, local events, etc.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone drive by Potato City this past weekend? The parking lot was full. Full of people from all over the state for a hiker's annual meeting. It was KTA, Keystone Trails Association.
They loved Potter County because they were well treated.

Anonymous said...

To the 6:49 poster... motorcycles are loud so you can hear them... not enough people can see them...

Anonymous said...

Just keep repeating Tourism doesn't work, Tourism doesn't work. we will do it without you.

The Neggies can now resume their
cry for a hat factory to open up or buggy whip manufacturer to move in and give us jobs..

Anonymous said...

Tourism is it...it will bring
in good money especially now
that people don't want to take long trips....this is perfect.
The turbines make no darn sense at all....No sense at all ruining
this incredible tourism mecca.
The people in the cities need the country and the bucolic splendour.
They do not give a hoot for the sight of ugliness. That's all over.
Leave Potter County pure.

Anonymous said...

Amen post 9:47!!!

Anonymous said...

Face it people the wind turbines & gas wells are coming not only on private land but also on state land.Have you noticed how many roads the state has built up into the mountains in the past year or so ??? They are not clear cutting just for the timber. Take a look around southern potter.

Anonymous said...

There are turbines plans
for just about every township
in Potter County..at 50 or more
a pop, no one will be able to be
air lifted out of here and we will
have no beauty for tourism left.
Why don't the citizens stand tall
and say or do something.

Often I feel that the entire County
has an odd depression that causes
them inaction. Take back your
voices...everyone has a right to stand tall and speak against the turbines if they are concerned about them.

God gave us voices so that we don't
become disenfranchised.

God bless.

Anonymous said...

i think some of you have way to much time on your hands. this is good news for alot of people, if you dont think that it is good well keep it to yourself then.

Anonymous said...

You can talk about this as much as you want but it all boils down to what pays more.With local,state or fed. govt.Money talks bulls--t walks!

Anonymous said...

I have an idea...

Let's put fan blades on the bikers.
This will enable these free spirited enthusiasts to generate the wind power needed and, in turn, avoid the un-sightly errection of the dreaded turbine.

It's a win win situation.
The bikers can do what they love best, Ride, and the skeptics will
have the landsacape they've come to love and appreciate.

What do ya think? It's good, right?

Anonymous said...

10:43 am

BRILLIANT!

Anonymous said...

"To the 6:49 poster... motorcycles are loud so you can hear them... not enough people can see them..."

That the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard in my life and the dumbest post I've ever read on the internet.

Anonymous said...

Where's Save God's Country now when there's clear cutting and whole other mess that's already being made by the gas and oil wells? Where's the concern for what will happen with all of this equipment when it is decommissioned and left in the woods to rot like the last batch were? Where is the concern for the huge amount of water that's needed for some of this drilling - where are they going to get it all from and then what are they going to do with it after they've polluted it? Beautiful forests, clear water, clean air, aren't these what make Potter County "pure" - ain't gonna be real pure once they get done with all the drilling. Doesn't matter if you're talking windmills or drilling - it's all got to be done responsibly or we're screwed anyway.