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Outdoor

State park vacations can be inexpensive, yet grand

A week ago we started a circuit around Pennsylvania looking at some of our favorite state parks starting with a stop at the Pine Creek Gorge at Leonard Harrison State Park, then a series of spectacular waterfalls at Rickets Glenn, then on to a Revolutionary War iron foundry at French Creek ...

Particular porcupines

Porcupines have always been such an elusive creature to me. While hiking, more often I see signs they are nearby like scat, bark missing on trees, or wood chips scattered on the ground instead of the real creature. They always seem to evade detection, which is interesting seeing as they are a ...

PGC accepting comments for Draft Elk Management Plan

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released a draft of its new Elk Management Plan, a document that, when adopted, will guide the agency’s elk management program through 2025. The plan is in draft form and available to view at www.pgc.pa.gov. It can be accessed through a link in the ...

PGC gives preliminary approval for 2020-21 hunting/trapping seasons

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval on Jan. 25 to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2020-21 license year. Modifications proposed for the 2020-21 seasons include: expanding Sunday hunting opportunities on three days – Sunday, Nov. 15, for ...

Rules for dual-carry of bows, muzzleloaders could change

While carrying firearms generally is prohibited while bowhunting, archery deer hunters long have been permitted to carry muzzleloaders to hunt deer during times when the archery and muzzleloader deer seasons overlap. A new proposal would allow archery deer hunters to carry muzzleloaders ...

Branching out

The City of Warren is looking for residents who may want a street tree planted at their home this spring. “Typically, we’ve been planting roughly 50 trees in the spring and 50 trees in the fall on city street right of ways,” Joe Reinke, DPW superintendent and city arborist, said. ...

PFBC removes visible license requirement

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission has removed regulations that required anglers to constantly display their license on an outer garment. The Commission met on Wednesday and made the change. “Under the amendment to Section 63.2 (PA Title 58), the outer garment display ...

Nature’s keeper

It didn’t take long for the Allegheny National Forest to receive a top award for forest management. Two years after the U.S. Forest Service awarded the first Richard Fitzgerald Award for Excellence in Forest Management to namesake Richard Fitzgerald, Andrea Hille of the ANF has received ...

License sales up after Saturday deer opener

When the Pennsylvania Game Commission last year opted to move the opening day of the firearms deer season to Saturday, the decision was based in part on the conclusion it would enable more hunters to participate, and it was the best thing to do for the future of Pennsylvania hunting. Today, ...

Time to start vacation planning

If you are among the more fortunate, you take a week, maybe two, of vacation traveling most years. Hit the Interstate Highways during the summer vacation season and you will get a very clear picture of human wanderlust. Many of us, probably most of us, have the urge to see new things, to dream ...

Game Commission discussing 2020-21 hunting, trapping

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners is holding its first quarterly meeting of 2020 Saturday at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters. This meeting was the first to follow a new format adopted whereby quarterly meetings will be held in two parts, one Friday (last night) and one ...

City Council moves ahead with Crescent Park plans

Warren City Council has settled on the scope of an improvement project at Crescent Park. The original budget for the project was $330,000 but bids came in last year just over $505,000 - nearly $176,000 more than anticipated. So city staff went back to the drawing board to craft a revised ...

Sidewalk snow law reminder

The snow is coming. So the shovels will have to come out. And there are shoveling regulations in the City of Warren. Here’s what the regulations say: “The owner of any property, whether occupied or unoccupied, which abuts any street upon which public sidewalks exist shall keep ...

Eagle eyes

After being on the verge of extinction, the bald eagle is well into a recovery. The species was almost wiped out in the United States as recently as the 1970s, with fewer than 1,000 known individuals. The national symbol was subsequently listed as an endangered species and that number has ...

State House takes brine off SB 790 legislation

The most contentious element of legislation that would create separate regulations for the conventional oil & gas industry has been removed. The state House Environmental Resources & Energy committee reported out an amended version of SB 790 on Monday. But the most controversial ...

Warren County wonder makes ‘cool and calming’ list online

Of course, they are subjective, but it’s nice to have some positive news written about your own area — even if it’s online as part of one of those top 10-type articles. And, as they say, “it must be true, I read it on the internet.” That said, onlyinyourstate.com, which has ...

Officials seek public input for recreation plans

Got ideas on recreation options in the county? County officials want to hear from you. Warren County is working on the development of a county-wide Recreation and Greenways Plan and is looking for public feedback as part of that process. An online survey is available at ...

Critters in and out of winter mode

We get a blast of cold weather and a few winter birds show un in the back yard. A couple of days later and afternoon temperatures are in the high 40, the snow melts and winter birds disappear. Some of the winter ducks have moved to the Allegheny River. Several small flocks of bufflehead and ...

Felony animal cruelty charges filed against teens in deer abuse case

It took more than a month, but the Pennsylvania Game Commission filed charges Friday in a case of animal abuse caught on video. The incident took place on Nov. 30, in Brookville, according to the Game Commission, and the agency has been investigating since the video — reportedly taken by ...

Tour de Warren?

When it comes to being part of Bike Route Y — the City of Warren can take it or leave it. Part of the PennDOT paving projects on Pennsylvania Avenue — east in 2019 and west in 2020 — would align Warren with other portions of the Route 6 bicycle route. “As we do paving projects, ...