Outdoor

Spillway work

Officially, work on the dam at Chapman State Park is in a winter shutdown. There is no work being done on the dam itself. Still, on Tuesday, there were numerous people working at the site — particularly the spillway. Work on the project is behind schedule, according to Park Manager ...

DPW and Parks & Rec propose Crescent Park healing garden

An ongoing Crescent Park project could bring some changes to the helipad as well. The park, situated on the south side of the Allegheny River and across from downtown Warren, would bring a healing garden to the west end of the park. Department of Public Works Director Mike Holtz told the ...

Pine Grove property sold to PGC for $53,000

The Pennsylvania Game Commission Board of Commissioners added some property in Warren County. At its January meeting, the commissioners approved the purchase of 56 acres in Pine Grove Township adjacent to State Game Lands 282. The parcel is largely composed of former oil fields, while 10 ...

No two are alike

When I was working as an environmental educator in Syracuse, one of my all-time favorite programs to teach was all about a man named Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley. During our program, we would teach first graders how as a boy little Willie Bentley loved snowflakes more than anything else in the ...

Things to do when the weather breaks

The cold blast that passed through Warren County midweek made big national news as though it had never before happened. It’s winter. You should be accustomed to it by now. You should have been able to read a good book while the Wicked Witch of the Northwest raged outside. But all things ...

Preliminary 2019-20 hunting, trapping seasons approved

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has given preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2019-20 license year. Modifications proposed for the 2019-20 seasons include: moving the opening day of the firearms deer season to the Saturday following ...

Hunting big game with semiautomatic rifles will wait

Semiautomatic centerfire rifles will not become lawful for hunting big game in the 2019-20 seasons. After receiving input from the public and key members of the General Assembly, and noting the board already is considering several significant proposed changes, Pennsylvania Game Commissioner ...

Things to do when the weather breaks

The cold blast that passed through Warren County midweek made big national news as though it had never before happened. It's winter. You should be accustomed to it by now. You should have been able to read a good book while the Wicked Witch of the Northwest raged outside. But all things ...

Ripple effect

Have you ever tossed a pebble into a pond? Or a stick, or a pine cone… anything really. Those ripples that result continue to go out and out and out. And sometimes back in toward the point of origin. The ripple effect is the idea that one action, or word, emotion, event, and so on, can have a ...

Game Commisison to discuss 2019-20 hunting, trapping seasons this week

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its first quarterly meeting of 2019, from Jan. 27 through 29 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters. On Sunday, Jan. 29, beginning at 1 p.m., the commissioners will hear public recommendations for 2019-20 hunting and furtaking seasons ...

Game Commission in joint project to reduce impact of CWD

The Pennsylvania Game Commission, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services (USDA-WS), is conducting a project in Blair and Bedford counties to reduce the impact of chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD is a threat to Pennsylvania’s deer and elk populations. Deer ...

Erosion-Sediment Control Workshop Tuesday in NY

Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District and Southern Tier West will host a DEC-endorsed, four-hour Erosion and Sediment Control Workshop for Construction Site Contractors and Operators at the BOCES LoGuidice Educational Center, 9520 Fredonia-Stockton Rd., Fredonia, N.Y. The ...

Ice fishing finally, maybe

Well, getting toward midwinter and we are, at least, getting ice-making temperatures. Do not take this as a signal to get on the ice. Even if we get below zero nights, ice does not get safely thick instantly. Underwater springs, wells and stumps or limbs near the surface can make ice much ...

Mammals in winter

When it comes to animals, I have a special spot in my heart for every creature. Whether it is a turtle crossing the road or a spider trapped in my bathtub, I have always been one to help an animal in need. Most of my life, I have interacted with mammals; I am fascinated by their diversity yet ...

Game Commission reminds of dangers in attempting to care for wildlife

In response to the incident that took place at Gifford Pinchot State Park, the Game Commission reminds the public that wildlife cannot be taken from the wild. Under Pennsylvania law, it is illegal to take or possess wildlife. These laws were put in place to protect both wildlife and ...

Forest Landowner Conference

Penn State Extension, in partnership with DCNR Bureau of Forestry, The Woodland Owners of the Clarion and Allegheny Valley, and the Clarion County Forest Stewardship Committee has announced the 2019 Clarion Forest Landowner Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at ...

50 sub 50

How fast can you name all 50 states? Or better yet, how fast could you run a marathon (26.22 miles) in each of the 50 states (1,311 miles!)? That is precisely what Warren-native and Edinboro University Health and Phys. Ed professor Jim Roberts, Ph.D., intends to achieve when he completes ...

Into the gloaming

The grass, stiff with frost, crunches under my feet as I walked swiftly along the dimly lit trail. The sun isn’t due to come up for a few minutes. The birds are just starting to wake up, with lazy tweets and chirps coming from the trees and bushes nearby. A deer, startled by my early ...

Lake effect snow

Living in Western New York automatically means dealing with snow for four to five months out of the year. On top of that, residents have become accustomed to the common phenomenon known as lake effect snow. The news channels love to chat about lake effect and are quite good at keeping residents ...

Game Commission mulls change in hunting season

A report from a Harrisburg TV station last month indicates that the Pennsylvania Game Commission is considering shifting the start of deer rifle season. ABC27 news reported that the 55-year tradition of the Monday after Thanksgiving should be shifted back to the Saturday after ...