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Outdoor

Girl Scouts of WNY “Love State Parks” this weekend

Girl Scouts of Western New York are encouraging girls to get outdoors in Western New York as well as hundreds of state parks across the United States. Paired with the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), they have announced their first “Girl Scouts Love State Parks” weekend. The event will ...

Heart’s Content hike planned for July 26

The Allegheny National Forest is providing a unique opportunity to explore the Hearts Content area – a ranger-led night hike. ANF Public Affairs Officer Christopher Warner said on Tuesday that the event is set for Friday, July 26 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Interpretive Trail ...

Civilian Conservation Corp picnic Friday, August 16

The Civilian Conservation Corps was operational for less than a decade - 1933 to 1942. But the vestiges of the work of the young men that made up the CCC - three billion trees, 46,854 bridges, over 800 state parks - remains with us today, quite often without our conscious ...

Backpacking 101

Have you ever longed to get away from the rat race, unplug from technology, and even forfeit running water and toilets, but you just don’t know where to start? Chapman State Park has just the opportunity you’ve been looking for. About a dozen people, including this reporter, took part ...

WCCD aids students of conservation field

Warren County students are moving on to conservation fields, with a little local help. The Warren County Conservation District awarded its Ralph G. Eckert Scholarship and the Warren County Council of Sportsmen’s Clubs Scholarship. The winners of the Eckert Scholarships, given to Warren ...

Antlerless deer licenses on sale July 8

If you haven’t yet purchased your 2019-20 Pennsylvania hunting license, now might be the time. The new license year began Monday, so only 2019-20 licenses are valid when hunting or using Game Commission shooting ranges. And sales of 2019-20 antlerless deer licenses are about to begin, and ...

Thinking about catfish

Just gave up working in the backyard with the temperature rising through the mid-80s and the sun shining bright. It is summer, time for catfishing. After fetching a cold mug of Coke with a squirt of lime, it is in the backyard again, this time relaxing in a folding chair. Yes, indeed, it is ...

Summer vacation

As a child, summer vacation meant no classrooms and often, no walls. The world was like a blank book, open to a page where you could write that day’s adventure as you lived it. I remember bike rides down to the creek, bike convoys down to the tennis courts, or magical lands created around the ...

Shooting range permits now available at issuing agents

Pennsylvania Game Commission shooting range permits can now be purchased at any license issuing agent, as well as online. Previously, the permits were available online, with those buying permits printing them at home. Permits were only available for physical purchase at the Game ...

Funding will extend Trails at Jakes Rocks

The Trails at Jakes Rocks keep growing. An additional $100,000 has been allocated for the project from the Allegheny Regional Commission. This funding is intended to connect the current trail system with a parking area near the Kinzua Dam. Jim Decker, President and CEO of the Warren ...

Wild and scenic Allegheny

Warren is fortunate in having the Allegheny River serenely flowing through its midst. And a full 87 miles of the middle portion of this river from the dam south are part of the National Wild and Scenic River System — the seven miles from the Kinzua Dam to the Glade Bridge, the 48 miles from ...

3 of 5 campgrounds on reservoir reopened Friday

The USDA Forest Service announced Friday that the Allegheny National Forest completed routine maintenance and hazard abatement on three of five temporarily-closed boat accessible campgrounds on the Allegheny Reservoir. Hooks Brook, Morrison, and Pine Grove campgrounds reopened on ...

The ANF’s YCC knocks back invasive knotweed

Cutting down invasive plants may not be the most glamorous work, but it’s good for native species. The Allegheny National Forest’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) got together Thursday along Brokenstraw Creek to knock back some Japanese knotweed as a habitat improvement project. The ...

Warrenstock

Author Michele Jennae is credited with the quote, “Music is about more than connecting notes. It connects people.” Her words seem to encapsulate the idea behind a growing tradition in Warren. Warrenstock 2019 will be held on Tuesday, July 2, starting at 5 p.m. More than 30 local ...

Warren Bocce Group rolls into Betts Park Sunday – Thursday

A sport that may have originated in ancient times with rocks is still around and just about any evening you can find a group of people taking part in it at Betts Park. Better yet, anyone is welcome to join in. The Warren Bocce Group typically meets at about 6:30 on evenings when the ...

WCCD receives education grant

A grant is going to help landowners who need some help with erosion control and pollution prevention. The Warren County Conservation District received a $2,000 grant for an education project. “Conservation district staff will use this grant funding for an adult education program,” ...

Doesn’t get much better than this

Have you been walleye fishing at Lake Erie yet this spring? Boats have commonly been limiting out in a couple of hours, sometimes even less. It is an extension of the past two years except for one thing. Those small walleye in the local population are about 20 inches long. What is it going ...

Game commissioners to meet Monday; livestreamed on YouTube channel

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has scheduled a public, working group meeting for Monday, June 24, at the Game Commission’s headquarters in Harrisburg. The meeting is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. Working group meetings allow for an exchange between the Board of Game ...

Take another crack at crappie

If I wanted to take another crack at crappie fishing this spring, and I do, it would be at one of two waterways, Pymatuning Reservoir or Eaton Reservoir. Both currently have good crappie populations. Both currently are giving up slabs. And the best of spring crappie fishing is nearing the end ...

Chapman work affects reservations

Culvert replacement and road paving – some of the final steps in the renovation project of the dam – will snarl reservations at Chapman State Park. A post on the Park’s Facebook page said that the work has “begun and will cause road closures, travel delays and detours throughout ...