Outdoor

Black Gum tree dedicated at Arbor Day ceremony

A downpour held off just long enough on Friday for a group of people to celebrate Arbor Day with the dedication of a tree known for its longevity and multi-season display of color. A Nyssa Sylvatica tree, also known as a Black Gum or Tupelo tree, was dedicated in an official ceremony held ...

Bee happy

The latest buzz throughout the state, and right here in our backyard, will provide more plants to attract pollinators and provide you the chance to “bee” a part of it. The Pennsylvania Pollinator Protection Plan (P4) was recently completed thanks to the collaboration of 28 state, ...

Landscape Committee honors founding member Paul Brohn

The City of Warren Street Landscape Committee honored one of its founders on Tuesday. Paul Brohn, who served on the committee from its inception in 1988 until his resignation in 2018, attended the committee meeting with his wife, Betty, and his daughters, Belinda and Brenda. “We have ...

Eastern hellbender makes state’s official amphibian

Say hello to the eastern hellbender. Why? It’s now officially the State Amphibian. Governor Tom Wolf signed off on Senate Bill 9 on Tuesday making the designation. “Today’s ceremony is about more than a declaration of an official state amphibian,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “It’s ...

DEP announces Black Fly management plan

Black fly spraying will be coming to three waterways in Warren County. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced that spraying in 2019 will include approximately 1,700 stream miles in 35 counties across the state. In Warren County, that will include spraying ...

Chautauqua Lake cleanup seeks local volunteers

Much of the Conewango Creek’s flow ultimately comes from Chautauqua Lake. So keeping the lake clean will also assist in a cleaner Conewango Creek. To that end, the Conewango Creek Watershed Association is partnering with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Chautauqua County Soil ...

ANF health plan in Sheffield moves forward

Federal officials have signed off on a nearly 9,000 acre project on the Allegheny National Forest in Sheffield Township aimed at addressing forest health issues - as well as recreation improvements at Hector Falls. According to a statement from the ANF, Bradford District Ranger Rich ...

Warding off wildfires

The Pennsylvania Forest Fire Wardens have been protecting Pennsylvania’s forests for over 100 years. So, what is a fire warden and what do they do to protect the Commonwealth from wildfires? A fire warden’s authority and responsibility is established by legislative mandate. Their ...

Deer season opening day moves up

The Monday after Thanksgiving has been the start of Pennsylvania’s firearms deer season for over 50 years. That streak ends in 2019. The Pennsylvania Game Commission on Tuesday moved the start of the season from the Monday after Thanksgiving to the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Rifle ...

DPW announces spring yard cleanup schedule

With temperatures finally consistently up into the 50s, it seems like spring has finally sprung. And with that comes the opportunity for City of Warren residents to take advantage of the city’s spring cleanup program. According to Department of Public Works Director Mike Holtz, the ...

Local couple follows every sign on the Appalachian Trail

The handful of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers that I have met agree that the sign on Mount Katahdin in Maine signifies the pinnacle of a journey that changes you forever. A local couple who completed their thru-hike in 2015 found there were signs along the way that held life-altering ...

ANF may get some much needed TLC

It’s an oft-heard criticism that the federal government doesn’t invest enough in the recreation resources on the Allegheny National Forest. But with a couple projects on tap for this year, that might be changing. One of the projects will aid in the development of the Trails at Jakes ...

Eye-catching trees

Warren is moving into its 31st year as a Tree City USA and the street landscape committee continues to speak for the trees. At Tuesday’s meeting, committee members heard an update from City Arborist Joe Reinke on this season’s tree plantings. This year, the city will plant 90 trees ...

‘going to be epic’

2018 was a busy year on the Trails at Jakes Rocks. And the hope is that 2019 is an even busier one. Jim Decker, the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry’s president and CEO, said that an additional nine miles of trails will be completed this spring. That trail, he said, ...

Photography, jogging, blogging and picking up trash = Plogging

Do people call you the master of multi-tasking? Do you do a happy dance on those occasions where you kill two birds with one stone, preferably not literally? Fortunately, no super skills are required to be a part of a new event that combines activities that are both good for you and your ...

Forest Plan

Allegheny National Forest officials have proposed a “planned rotational management project” that is in “response to recent forest health issues that presently exist or are anticipated to occur” over 7,578 acres in Sheffield Township. “In response to conditions within the Cherry ...

Monday flare-up

Monday morning, a large plume of dark smoke could be seen rising above eastern Warren. The United Refining Company flare along the Allegheny River was discharging flame and smoke. The Department of Environmental Protection was notified of the situation by both United and ...

Council approves application for Beaty Park project grant

The most-used park in the city could be in line for a bit of a facelift. Warren City Council approved an application on Monday that would replace the playground at Beaty Park. City Planner David Hildebrand, citing Beaty as the “city’s most-used park,” said the city would be ...

New acting ANF supervisor hails from Ottawa National Forest

The Allegheny National Forest has a new acting forest supervisor. Federal officials said on Friday that Linda Jackson has been appointed to the post. The previous permanent forest supervisor, Sherry Tune, announced her retirement last December. At that time, Chris Cook was appointed ...

Chapman trout stocking delayed

Construction on the dam at Chapman State Park will shelve not one – but at least two – trout stockings in 2019. The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission schedules last week stated that an April 4 stocking of rainbow and brown trout has been canceled “due to the ongoing drawdown ...