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Saturday, February 22, 2014

PA Wilds Planning Team seeks nominations for ‘Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds’ Awards

PA Wilds Planning Team seeks nominations for ‘Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds’ Awards

Program recognizes outstanding work at local level to grow region’s outdoor recreation economy

The Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team wants to recognize individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that have done outstanding work in the last year to help grow and sustainably develop the outdoor recreation economy in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Americans spend more than 600 billion each year on outdoor gear or on trips and travel to get outdoors and the Pennsylvania Wilds region is in a good position to grow this industry given its natural landscape and its manufacturing and product development background. The 12 1/2 -county region, which covers about a quarter of the Commonwealth, boasts 29 state parks, 8 state forests, 50 state game lands, two National Wild & Scenic Rivers, some of the darkest skies in the world, the largest wild elk herd in the northeast and a National Forest.

Strategic planning, marketing, stewardship and infrastructure work are being done at the local, regional and state level by a variety of public and private sector partners to grow the region’s outdoor recreation economy and nature tourism industry in order to create jobs, diversify local economies, inspire stewardship and improve quality of life. The ‘Champion’ awards celebrate this work.

“Every time a local project ties in some way to the larger regional effort, it makes our region that much stronger,” said Planning Team Chair Dan Glotz. “It makes our region that much more of a destination or raises our collective awareness of how to help this industry thrive. Some of the projects and business efforts we’ve seen spring up at the local level are just incredible – and we want to make sure they get recognized. We invite the public to nominate champions from their areas.”

Categories for the 5rd Annual Champion of the PA Wilds Awards include: outstanding leader; tourism asset development and marketing; community character stewardship; conservation of natural assets; business development; youth outreach; artisan of the year; and outstanding event.

Awards will be presented at the Planning Team’s Annual Dinner on May 15, 2014 at the Red Fern in St. Marys.

Nominations are due April 7. To apply online, click here, or visit www.pawildsresources.org and click on “Nominate a Champion” under Programs & Services. To download a PDF of the application, go to www.pawildsresources.org and under Quick Resources click on 2014 PA Wilds Awards Nomination. For assistance contact Candi Hand at (814) 545-1333 or candih@pottercountyedcouncil.org.

The Pennsylvania Wilds region includes the counties of Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Forest, Cameron, Elk, Clinton, Lycoming, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield and northern Centre.

7 comments :

Anonymous said...



The Pennsylvania Game Commissioners should get the "Hasty Pudding/Booby Prize for devastating the economies in the Northcentral Counties with their deer eradication program.

When the area was called "The Mountains" there were plenty of deer. Back then hunters, vacationers, and campers were spending money the year 'round. No government "Wilds" program was needed or wanted; it was self sustaining.


Anonymous said...

"We're from the government and we're here to help you".

(Helped to ruin the economy and then make You dependent on government handouts)

Anonymous said...



Put the Game Commission in charge of ticks and Lyme disease will cease to exist.

Anonymous said...

It's probably a good thing there are fewer deer around, because with all the yahoos chasing them during the season on ATVs, they don't stand much of a chance.
The behavior of some hunters has as much to do with the decline in populations as anything. No one forces you to buy a doe permit, or to shoot three or four deer per season. Get a grip and stop whining about the Game Commission all the time. Then go look in the mirror.
And maybe it's time to develop a tourism industry that isn't balanced on the back of our wildlife.

Anonymous said...

I fail to see how these comments have anything to do with the story.
Apparently hunters are losing sight of not only deer, but the questions.

Anonymous said...

The PA wilds has done nothing but make the entire northern part of the state a giant FUBAR!

Anonymous said...

"Tourism industry"? The gas frackers have KILLED "the tourism industry" here in Pennsylvania. WHO wants to bring their children to the formally pristine/now toxic, fracking-state of PA? NO ONE.