Hector’s Run Falls is located in the Allegheny National Forest, between Route 6 in Ludlow and Route 948 in Barnes. The best access is via Route 6.
WARNING: There are steep cliffs at the falls, and cell phone service drops off about half-way into the hike. Wear footwear with good tread, and be careful when hiking near the edge.

From Sheffield, take Route 6 to Ludlow.
Turn right onto South Hillside Drive, just as you come into Ludlow.
Turn left onto Water Street.
Turn right onto Scenic Drive.
After about a mile, you will turn right onto Forestry Road 258.
In 2.1 miles, you will reach Forestry Road 258H, on your left, which is gated off. There is a small parking area beside the gate.

This is where your hike begins. Hector’s Run Falls are approximately 1 mile from the gate.
Follow 258H to the fork in the road and take the left fork (downhill.) You will come to a small meadow, with a light blue National Fuel well-head. The trail turns to the right, as you’re facing the well-head.
Continue to follow the trail for another 200 yards, or so, and you will arrive at the top of the falls.

Please note that this was our first trip to the falls, and we did not take the left fork of the road, and ended up coming through the forest, following the sound of the water. So, the video begins as we arrive at the side of the falls. The falls usually only have water running over them after a recent rain. Be sure to plan your hike accordingly.

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Warren County got out the vote during the final two weeks of the PA Organzation for Rivers and Watersheds’ (POWR) 2015 River of Year contest! Trailing by 10% of the total vote just over 2 weeks ago, a concerted effort by the Conewango Creek Watershed Association (CCWA), numerous local businesses, and individuals brought the Conewango Creek into the lead and home for the win, as voting closed this evening. Thank you to all who voted! Special thanks to Tom Osborne of Conewango Kayak Canoe Rentals and the Conewango Creek Watershed Association for their tireless work cleaning up and promoting the Conewango Creek.

As of this morning, 9,700 people had voted for their choice of River of the Year.Final tallies are:
Conewango Creek – 42%
Loyalhanna Creek – 30%
Lackawanna River – 15%
Neshaminy Creek – 9%
Ohio River – 5%

For the past twenty years, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has annually recognized one river as the River of the Year. This recognition is done to raise awareness of the important recreational, ecological, and historical resources associated with the state’s rivers and streams.

The River of the Year is celebrated throughout the year. Events have included paddling trips, a speaker series, clean up days, photography contests, and more. Partnerships of community groups organize the events including a Sojourn paddling trip. In addition, POWR coordinates the production and distribution of a free poster celebrating the river.

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, or POWR, administers the River of the Year program. Local organizations submit nominations. POWR also helps organize and support local watershed associations, as well as the groups who lead a dozen sojourns on rivers around the state each year.

Pennsylvania’s River of the Year honors have been presented annually since 1983. The past feature Rivers of the Year are:
2014 – Schuylkill River
2013 – Monongahela River
2012 – Stonycreek River
2011 – Delaware River
2010 – Lackawaxen River
2009 – Lower and Middle Susquehanna River
2008 – Youghiogheny River
2007 – Lehigh River
2006 – Three Rivers
2005 – West Branch Susquehanna River
2004 – North Branch Susquehanna River
2003 – French Creek
2002 – Delaware River
2001 – Juniata River
2000 – Kiskiminitas-Conemaugh River
1999 – Schuylkill River
1998 – Youghiogheny River
1997 – Lehigh River
1996 – Tulpehocken Creek
1996 – Clarion River
1995 – Upper Delaware
1995 – Juniata River
1994 – Allegheny River
1994 – Susquehanna River
1993 – Meshoppen Creek
1993 – North Branch and Main Stem Susquehanna River
1992 – Yellow Breeches Creek
1992 – West Branch Susquehanna River
1991 – North Branch Susquehanna River
1991 – Pine Creek
1990 – Catawissa Creek
1989 – Bear Run
1988 – West Branch Susquehanna River
1986 – North Branch Susquehanna River
1983 & 1984 – Clarion River

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Calendar of Hunting Seasons

 

This downloadable calendar provides easy reference to Pennsylvania’s 2014-2015 hunting & trapping seasons. Add it to your iPhone, Outlook or Google Calendar. It is a brief summary of dates and should be used in conjunction with the 2014-2015 PA Hunting & Trapping Digest.

Shooting Ranges in Pennsylvania

 

Find a place to sight in your firearm or bow in preparation for hunting season. Each range has specific rules or regulations, so please consult range attendants or rules prior to shooting. Includes information on rifle, archery, shotgun and other ranges.

www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_game_lands/11363PGC Mapping Center
Create customized maps with this resource which allows users to search, discover and print State Game Lands maps with features including aerial photographs, topographic base maps, Wildlife Management Units and more. Watch tutorial videos to learn more about this tool.

Digital Hunting and Trapping Digest

 

This digital version of the 2014-15 Digest can be viewed on a variety of devices and bookmarked for quick access to PA hunting and trapping information. Includes a search feature, a clickable contents page and the ability to zoom, save, share and print.

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canadagoose – Chapman State Park will again allow Early Canada goose hunting beginning Tuesday, September 2nd. The statewide season, designed to reduce local nuisance geese populations, runs through Thursday, Sept. 25.

Complete details regarding hunting seasons and bag limits can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website.

Non-migratory Canada goose populations have increased drastically in recent years, causing crop damage and nuisance problems in residential neighborhoods. Park visitors often complain about goose excrement on state park beaches and other facilities, and water quality at some state parks has been adversely affected.

Resident Canada geese have been among the suspected cause of high fecal coliform counts at some Pennsylvania state park beaches, forcing swimming restrictions during peak use periods.

Many state parks have taken measures, including anti-goose fencing and/or the use of loud noisemakers, in attempt to deter the waterfowl or scare them away.

All Game Commission rules and regulations governing the early Canada goose season will apply at state parks. Park information can be found at: www.dcnr.state.pa.us

Persons with disabilities wanting to hunt geese in the early season should contact the park office for further information.

Chapman State Park office: 814-723-0250

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Come and join us August 22nd, 23rd and 24th for the 2014 Kinzua Heritage Arts & Music Festival, this is our 9th year of striving to keep the past alive.

The Kinzua Heritage Festival is three days of history and fun tucked into a beautiful hillside on Fox Hill Road in Russell, PA.

At the main stage, you can relax under a large tent and listen to sounds of Native American, traditional country, folk, and bluegrass music.

Be sure to stop at the birch beer booth and enjoy a glass.
Watch and join the dancers as they perform traditional dances throughout the day.

Bid on items at the auctions Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm help raise money for local charity.

Native American and traditional artisans display their crafts and skills throughout the grounds. Artisans at the festival have showcased everything from glass blowing to metalwork, leather crafts to hand spun yarns, candle dipping to longbow making.

Follow the paths through the woods and visit with the craft people and demonstrators on your way to the hand constructed longhouse, but watch out for the Civil War reenactors roaming the woods.

At the rear stage tucked into the trees, you can relax while listen to storytelling or acoustic music, watching the children play games, sit with friends and enjoy the forest.

Saturday children at the festival will enjoy the games and some hands on craft projects that they can make and take home.

For more info and directions, visit the Kinzua Arts and Heritage Festival website.

 

FRACKING IN PENNSYLVANIA BRINGS RISKS AND REWARDS

HARRISBURG – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) has issued the following statement regarding the Flatirons Development, LLC decision concerning the Brandon-Day well:

“Flatirons Development, LLC, has agreed to discontinue Marcellus drilling operations of the Brandon-Day well which is located upstream of the Brockway Borough Municipal Authority Rattlesnake Reservoir.  The existing bore hole will be abandoned, sealed and reclaimed to eliminate the possibility of watershed contamination.

“This recent decision by Flatirons Development to stop plans for drilling at the Brandon-Day well is a good and responsible decision for our community.  Earlier this year after taking part in numerous discussions and meetings regarding this well, I reached out to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to express serious reservations with permitting any further drilling at the proposed site or any nearby site which could potentially compromise the reservoir.

“Toby Creek Watershed Association President Bill Sabatose and members of the Toby Creek Watershed have done an outstanding job monitoring the process surrounding this well and working to make sure the watershed remains clean.  This decision is a strong testament to the successful teamwork of area residents, local leaders, DEP and Flatirons to do what is in the best interest of our community to ensure public safety and protect our natural resources.”

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CONTACT:
Kate Eckhart
keckhart@pasen.gov
(717) 787-7084

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County treasurers began accepting antlerless deer license applications on Monday, July 14, 2014. As of July 19, 2014, WMU 2F shows 7,831 licenses available and WMU 1B shows 10,799 licenses available. Cost of a resident Antlerless License is $6.70. Cost for non-residents is $26.70.

Fillable antlerless application form

First Days for Antlerless Deer License Application, 2014:

By Mail Only:
Antlerless License (residents) – July 14
Antlerless License (nonresident) – July 28
Unsold Antlerless, 1st round – August 4
Unsold Antlerless, 2nd round – August 18

Over-the-Counter sales:
Antlerless License, WMUs 2B, 5C & 5D – August 25
All Other WMUs – October 6

Doe License Availability:
To see how many Antlerless Licenses are currently (nearly real time) available visit this link, Antlerless Deer License Availability.

To check the status of an Antlerless Deer License Application:
Go to www.pa.wildlifelicense.com. Click on the “Purchase Fishing and/or Hunting License Permit and or Application / Replace License and or Permit” option, which includes the ability to “Check on the status of an Antlerless Deer or Elk Application,” scroll down and click on the “Start Here” button at the bottom of the page. At this page, choose one of the identification options below to check your records, fill in the necessary information and click on the “Continue” button. Click on the appropriate residency status, which will display your current personal information. At the bottom of the page, choose the “Check on the status of any Lottery Application” button, and then hit “Continue.”

I haven’t received my license yet:
County treasurers have until September 8, 2014 to mail back regular and first round unsold antlerless deer licenses, and until September 22, 2014 to mail out second round of unsold antlerless deer licenses.

Who to contact with questions about your application or license:
Please contact the County Treasurer that processed your license with specific inquiries about your application or Antlerless Deer License.

Unsold licenses in 2B, 5C and 5D:
This can be done by mail starting Monday, August 4, 2014 until allocations in those three WMUs are exhausted. Over-the-counter sales in these three units begin Monday, August 25, 2014.

Replacement of lost antlerless license:
Visit any County Treasurer’s office to be issued a replacement license. Cost of replacement is $6.70

Fair Camping flyer 2014

The Warren County Fairgrounds, is proud to announce Holiday Camping!
• Entertainment • Activities • More!

Download the Flyer!

Contact:
Doris 814-730-4644 • doris@scopemounts.com or
Sue 814-730-2890 • sward923@gmail.com

Memorial Day Weekend
May 22-25
Come and see The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association throughout the weekend!
• check out on or before Monday, May 26th

Independence Day Celebration
June 27 – July 5 (9 nights available)
• check out on or before Sunday, July 6th

Labor Day Weekend
Aug 29 – 31
Enjoy the great outdoors before the fall season begins!
• check out on or before Monday, Sept. 1st

Make plans now! Season Special: Pay for 3 nights – get the 4th night FREE!
Limited spaces available
Cost is $25 per night (Includes water, electric, garbage & dumping station)
• restroom and shower facilities on premises

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CHAPMAN STATE PARK BEACH SEASON DRAWS TO AN END

The summer may be winding down, but you can still cool off at Chapman Lake for a week. The beach at Chapman State Park will remain open for swimming through Sunday, September 7, 2013. Swimming hours are 8 a.m. to sunset. Chapman’s beach operates under the open swim policy, no life guards are on duty. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Parents, please watch your children. The concession, operated by BEI, will be open through Labor Day, Monday, September 1. In addition to food and snacks the concession offers canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals on a daily basis.

For more information, please contact the park office at (814) 723- 0250.

Fall Festival Weekend – October 3 – 4, 2014 – Join us for a fun filled weekend as we celebrate the fall festival of leaves.

The fourth annual Fall Festival will be held at Chapman State Park October 3 -4 with activities for all ages. The festival will kick off Friday night with “Geo-Caching at Night.” Participants are asked to meet at the Amphitheater at 7:00 pm and to bring a flashlight. A limited supply of GPS units will be available for use during the program.

Activities will be held from 12:00 – 4:00 pm on Saturday at the beach and Pavilion #2. This year we are welcoming several new additions to the festival. They include “Drop Spindle Basics”, “My Wee Rv”, “Astronomy”, “Bird Watching”, “Primitive Fire”, “Friends of Allegheny Wilderness” and “PA Firefly Festival Partnership.” Canoes and kayaks will be available to try out in the lake. All boats will be located on the beach. The Jammers, a group of local musicians, will be playing acoustic, traditional folk music in Pavilion 2. Master Blacksmith, Leon Briggs, will be demonstrating the art of blacksmithing with items on hand for purchase.

Favorites from last year will also be returning. Apple cider, Dutch oven, homemade ice cream and garbage can corn demonstrations with samples available. The Warren County Conservation District will be presenting “Macros of Chapman” at the Beach. Be prepared to get your feet wet as you search for life in the lake. The Bureau of Forestry will be conducting a “Leaf Printing” program. Learn about fall leaves and then make a leaf print to take home. Stop by the lumbering demonstration to learn about the history in this area.

A “Chapman Information” table will be available from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. A list of all activities for the festival, will be available along with Winterfest, hiking and camping information. Stop by and chat with the campground hosts as they will be able to answer all kinds of questions.

The concession will be open from 12-4 pm. The boy scouts will be selling food and drinks.

The fall festival will conclude with a “Night Sky Watch” presented by Tom Traub, Project Director for the Martz Observatory. We’ll be trying out the park’s telescope to discover where and when to look for meteor showers, planets and deep sky objects. If you have a telescope gathering dust, bring it out and get some tips on using it from an expert. The program begins at 6:30 pm at the Beach. Please bring a chair or blanket and a flashlight.

All activities are free and open to the public.

For more information please contact the park naturalist at (814) 723-0259.
Friday, October 3, 2014
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Geo-caching at Night – Amphitheater

Saturday, October 4, 2014
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Fall Festival – Beach
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Night Sky Watch – Beach

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Explore Chapman State Park by Canoe and Kayak – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Enjoy the fall leaves by boat during the last canoe/kayak program of the season. Meet at the Beach Concession Stand for a short lesson on basic boating safety and then take a canoe/kayak tour on the lake and creek. Pre-Registration is required as canoes and kayaks are limited. You may bring your own canoe or kayak but you must still register. Registrations can be made by calling the park office at 814-723-0250 by Friday, October 10, 2014.

Sunday October 26, 2014
Sasquatch Race 5K Trail Run/ Walk – Sasquatch Race Registration Form 2014 – Starting Line at the Boat Launch Warming Hut.
Registration 7:00 AM.
Race at 8:30 AM.
Early Registration $15.00 (received by 10/10/14)
Late Registration $20.00. Long Sleeve Commemorative Shirt Shirt Not Guaranteed
Prizes for:
Top 3 Overall Male and Female Runners.
Top 3 Male & Female in each of the following age groups 11 & under / 12 – 15 / 16 – 19 / 20 – 24 / 25 – 29 / 30 – 34 / 35 – 39 / 40 – 44 / 45 – 49 / 50 – 59 / 60 & over
Top 3 Overall Walkers

Every Sunday – 10:00 am – Non-Denominational Chapel Service held in the Amphitheater (Pavilion 4, in case of rain.)

CONCESSION STAND (boat rentals/snacks/ice/firewood, etc.)
There is currently no vendor for the concession stand.

 

Have a comment, suggestion, or a program you’d like to see? Email the naturalist! ChapmanEE@pa.gov

Unless otherwise noted all programs are free of charge.
For more information, contact the park naturalist, Jen Moore, at (814) 723-0250

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HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s annual Elk License Drawing will be held at the Elk County Visitor’s Center this summer, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

The 2014 drawing will take place at the Elk County Visitor’s Center on Saturday, August 16, 2014, in conjunction with the Keystone Elk Country Alliance Elk Festival.

“I am very pleased that the Game Commission has followed my recommendation and decided that the Elk License Drawing will take place in Elk County this year,” Scarnati said. “Year after year, Pennsylvania residents and visitors from out-of-state, come to the northwestern region of our Commonwealth to see the impressive herds of elk and other wildlife. Holding the Elk License Drawing during the Keystone Elk Country Alliance Elk Festival will encourage a larger number of people to visit the region to experience the Festival, while also spurring greater economic development for this rural portion of our state.”

Scarnati explained that last December he introduced an Amendment to Senate Bill 1190 to legislate that the annual license drawing be a part of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance Elk Festival. The drawing is administered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and has been held at the Game Commission offices in Harrisburg in previous years.

“Holding the Elk License Drawing at a convenient place and during a time when sportsmen and sportswomen can be present is a great way to make this process more transparent and accessible to the public,” Scarnati stated.

Senate Game & Fisheries Committee Chairman Rich Alloway also expressed support for the decision to move the location of the Elk License Drawing.

“The annual Elk License Drawing is a popular attraction for sportsmen from across the country, so the event should showcase all of the natural resources the area has to offer,” Alloway said. “Holding the drawing in Elk County not only provides an economic boost to the region, but also helps to highlight the conservation and habitat preservation efforts funded by the licensing program.”

According to Scarnati, the Elk License Drawing will be open to both residents and non-residents of the Commonwealth. Once the Game Commission Board of Commissioners finalizes the dates of this year’s elk hunting season and hunting allocations, hunters will be notified directly of the change.

“The decision to hold the Elk License Drawing where the elk are located is an exercise in good common sense,” Scarnati stated. “The Pennsylvania Game Commission has recently made some concerning choices, however this decision to move the drawing is clearly a step in the right direction and will better serve the interests of our sportsmen and sportswomen. I am encouraged by the initiative taken by the Game Commission is this instance and will continue to work with them to help restore the public’s trust in the Agency.”

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CONTACT:
Kate Eckhart
keckhart@pasen.gov
(717) 787-7084

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This week the Senate Game & Fisheries Committee advanced legislation to improve Pennsylvania’s elk hunting license program, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati, a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1190, explained that the legislation makes important changes to enhance Pennsylvania’s elk program and provide for greater economic development and regional tourism benefits.

According to Scarnati, the legislation reauthorizes the Elk License Auction Program that expired in 2013, requires that the annual elk license lottery drawing take place in Benezette during the Elk Country Alliance Festival and creates an additional elk license category to be raffled by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance. The new license category created by the legislation will raise funds for the elk habitat and local conservation programs.

“Senate Bill 1190 takes a significant step to ensure that our local area receives benefits of the Elk Hunting License Program,” Scarnati said. “Year after year, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to our region for the elk and to experience the beauty of the Pennsylvania Wilds. It is important that the areas of our state that host the elk continue to see economic growth and receive support for conservation efforts.”

Scarnati was the chief proponent for relocation of the annual elk license drawing to Benezette.

“Moving the location of the elk license lottery drawing from Harrisburg to Benezette will serve as a positive way of furthering regional tourism,” Scarnati said. “Having this annual event in the local area makes sense since the licenses apply within our region.”

Pennsylvania’s elk range covers approximately 835 square miles in parts of Elk, Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton and Potter counties. Currently the herd consists of more than 800 elk.

Senate Bill 1190 now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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CONTACT:
Kate Eckhart
keckhart@pasen.gov
(717) 787-7084

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HARRISBURG – The State Senate has unanimously approved legislation to offer disabled Pennsylvania veterans reduced-fee hunting & fishing licenses, according to Senators Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Lisa Baker (R-20).

Senate Bill 1102, authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, would reduce the cost of fishing licenses for disabled veterans to $1 for an annual license.

Senate Bill 1090, authored by Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Chairwoman Lisa Baker, would reduce the cost of hunting licenses for disabled veterans to $1 for an annual license.

“Pennsylvania’s disabled veterans have made a tremendous sacrifice for our country and face many challenges as a result of their service,” Scarnati said.  “Providing them the opportunity to participate in hunting and fishing activities at a reduced fee is a way that we can thank them for their service and sacrifice.”

“Expanding this bill to include any veteran who is rated as disabled will eliminate confusion, simplify the process and expand the benefit to many more veterans,” Baker said. “Offering a chance for them to enjoy the homeland that they have protected with their lives is a small but meaningful way to express our gratitude.”

Senate Bills 1102 and 1090 reduce the cost of annual hunting and fishing licenses to $1 each, for all disabled veterans in the Commonwealth. Currently, Pennsylvania law allows for free hunting and fishing licenses only for veterans who are either certified as 100 percent disabled, or who have lost the use of one of their arms or legs.

Any Pennsylvania veteran eligible for disability compensation as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs would qualify for the $1 licenses.  Veterans certified as having a total disability would continue to qualify for free licenses.  Pennsylvania currently offers $1 hunting and fishing licenses to certain active duty military personnel as well.

“Every region across Pennsylvania offers numerous areas for outdoor recreational activities like hunting and fishing.” Scarnati said.  “These bills are an important way to honor those who have helped to protect our freedoms and will ensure that all disabled veterans have access to enjoy our Commonwealth’s great outdoors.”

Senate Bills 1102 and 1090 will now be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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