Mill Cove Environmental Area News Updates





The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have announced closings of many of their facilities in the area. They have given lease-entities such as Mill Cove, Inc. the option to operate with discretion at this time of social-distancing. The Mill Cove Environmental Area is available for INDIVIDUAL outdoor activities such as hiking, pet-walking, fishing, birdwatching, etc. 

However -- NO Group activities may take place at the Cove, including the shooting range. No new activity permits or reservations will be issued until further notice.
With vigilance we will beat this thing -- we're all in this together --do your part!





On March 12, 2020, Dr. David Flesch, Vice President of Mill Cove, Incorporated, contacted the Board of Directors and the Mill Cove Earth Day Event Committee concerning the Mill Cove Earth Day Event, set for April 18, 2020.  He provided a letter of concern, recommending canceling the event due to the COVID-19 virus or Coronavirus.  He stated “I feel that we have a civic responsibility to protect the health and well-being of our neighbors and not unnecessarily put lives at risk.”  The Board and Committee discussed and took a vote today, all agreeing to cancel the Earth Day Event as the most prudent thing to do in light of the virus and potential to spread.  Therefore, Mill Cove Earth Day Event is hereby canceled.  For answers to any questions, please contact Marilyn Jones at 570-549-2794.

Mill Cove, Inc. Construction Project


Cabin Run Bridge Now Open at The Mill Cove Environmental Area


Environmental Center Site construction has closed down for the winter -- access road, site water management system and wet retention pond has been completed. Please be cautious when entering the construction area.

Cabin Run Bridge Now Open at The Mill Cove Environmental Area

Cabin Run Bridge Now Open at The Mill Cove Environmental Area

Cabin Run Bridge Now Open at The Mill Cove Environmental Area


Access to the Mill Cove Environmental Area has been re-opened.  Vehicle traffic may be disrupted for a short time next week when the timber side-rails are being installed.  Please use caution through the construction area at the entrance as materials for the Center site work are stored there.  Work is progressing very nicely on the Environmental Center site work including the roadway, building site, parking area and pond area.

2nd Annual Mill Cove's 2019 Clays for Kids

Cabin Run Bridge Now Open at The Mill Cove Environmental Area

2nd Annual Mill Cove's 2019 Clays for Kids

Mill Cove's Second Annual

Clays For Kids

October 5th, 2019

Entry Fee Includes:

Four Boxes of Ammo 100 Target Rounds per shooter, Golf Cart, Lunch & Event T-Shirt

Registrant Responisbile For:

  - Your Own Gun, Eye and Ear Protection

Awards for the Top Shooters:

- Men, Women, and Team


8:00 AM...  Register 

9:00 AM...  Shoot

12:00 PM... Lunch, Presentation by Beneficiaries 

1:00 PM ....Raffle, Awards

Glenn O. Hawbaker Charity Golf Tournament

Cabin Run Bridge Now Open at The Mill Cove Environmental Area

2nd Annual Mill Cove's 2019 Clays for Kids


Mill Cove Environmental Area and Education Center representatives experienced a beautiful day in State College, Pa. on the White and Blue Courses volunteering for a charity golf tournament. Mill Cove, Inc. will be one of the benefactors of the tournament. 

This event was hosted by Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc with several participating  generous sponsors. 

A huge thank you to the ten Mill Cove, Inc. Volunteers who gave their time representing this organization that will benefit from this event.

Gas Field Specialists Award $130,000 to Mill Cove Inc.

Gas Field Specialists Award $130,000 to Mill Cove Inc.

Gas Field Specialists Award $130,000 to Mill Cove Inc.


Gas Field Specialists has awarded Mill Cove, Inc. a grant totaling $130,000 to fund the site work for the Environmental Education Center at Mill Cove Environmental Area. 

"We are very excited about receiving this donation as it will continue to move forward the construction of the Environmental Education Center" said David Lamphier, Assistant Treasurer and board member of Mill Cove Inc. We are pleased that the Gas Field Specialists company is making an investment in our community."

Mill Cove, Inc. is a 501c3 corporation with the mission of enhancing the Mill Cove Environmental Area for recreation and environmental educational purposes. 

Mill Cove, Inc. has been in existence since 1999 and has hosted the Annual Earth Day Event for the past 7 years, Earth Camp for past 4 years and many other environmental education day events as well as the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (Y.H.E.C.) every even numbered year since 1999.  

When Gas Field Specialists were contacted by Mill Cove, Inc. about the Education Center and the mission of Mill Cove, Inc., they were not hesitant to partner with Mill Cove to build the center for the better of the community, for young and mature. 

Greg West, President presented the check for $130,000 at Mill Cove Inc's regular monthly board of directors meeting on Wednesday, September 12th. 

The opportunity for Mill Cove, Inc. to get the first phase for the construction of the Education Center was made possible by this donation, which is for the site work of the building location, parking lot and road to the building. Mill Cove, Inc. is eternally grateful to Gas Field Specialists for this donation.



Asa's Place Support by Mill Cove, Inc.

This is one group of amazing people with generous hearts! A $7,000 donation to Asa's Place - I am so, so grateful!  Mill Cove Environmental Center has an incredibly selfless Board of Directors and staff. Commissioner Mark Hamilton and Mansfield Borough Manager, Crystal Smith worked tirelessly to make this first time fundraiser a success. A number of local businesses contributed to the event and HHS Regional Director, Matt Baker has been a steadfast supporter of Asa's Place for several months now. I am especially thankful for this donation because this group of individuals is concerned about Tioga County's future, our children. And, they believe in me and the mission of Asa's Place. I will be forever grateful and every dime will go toward furthering efforts to better serve Tioga County's children and serve them right here at home.

Clays for Kids

Rep. Owlett:

Mill Cove Environmental Center hosted their first Clays for Kids fundraiser Saturday. Proceeds will be going to Asa’s Place. This is a new 501c3 organization in our area looking to serve moms and babies through drug addiction. Lauren and I personally love the vision of Asa’s Place. Can’t wait to see this become a reality! Commissioner Hamilton worked very hard for this!

This First Annual Clays for Kids sporting clay event will benefit Mill Cove Environmental Education Center. Mill Cove is an outdoor recreation destination where children learn about nature up close and personal. Mill Cove has selected Asa's Place to receive funds from this opportunity as well. Asa's Place is a care facility being created in Wellsboro to help infants born dependent on opioids receive the best possible care.

To Register:

Recent Events

Earth Day 2018 on Wellsboro Homepage.

Once again Vandalism at Mill Cove.

The recently constructed restroom facility above the main pavilion has been desecrated with extensive obnoxious graffiti. These types of actions cost everybody. The restrooms will have to be shut down while clean-up occurs. Donations & volunteers were used to build it, now donations & volunteers will be required to clean and re-paint.  Please contact 570-549-2794 with any information leading to the perpetrators of this travesty.  State Police will be requested to investigate.

More images available on Our Facebook page.



 "It's a wonderful place, and great for the youths to meet."

"The improvements to the area have been great!"

"Great event! Didn’t get any pics but we also enjoyed Van Wagner’s music. Quite the exciting falconry show. The red-tailed hawk self-released to the wild."

"Great day at Mill Cove, some locals still don't know what is available there! ! Jean told me that she had sent out 100 letters for vendors and had 50 there today, some people are missing the boat. But there's get improvement each year, congrats to all for a very successful event!"

"Beautiful area with a great mission by many that are involved."

2018 Annual Meeting Partnering for Success

Partnering for Success

MANSFIELD - Mill Cove Corporation’s annual meeting Wednesday, June 20 featured guest speaker Rawley D.  Cogan, president, CEO, and co-founder of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, a 501 (c) (3) wildlife conservation organization that manages and operates the Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette. 

Cogan currently is working in partnership with Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to manage and operate the Elk Country Visitor Center, which attracts over 481,000 visitors annually. 

At the meeting, Cogan discussed the importance of the public/private partnership relationship.

“That drives innovation, enhances quality of life and improves efficiency,” Cogan said.

Cogan, of Benzette, worked for the Pennsylvania Game Commission as a wildlife biologist specializng  in field research  involving elk home range and movements, elk/human conflicts and mitigation, aerial survey and population estimates, calf survival and elk habitat preference. With 20 years experience, his research work has been published in National Geographic and Wildlife Society.

After his organization was able to secure a 35 year renewable lease with DCNR for 240 acres adjacent Pennsylvania state forest lands, “we were able to get donors who could see that the state is behind us.”

Prior to working with the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, Rawley worked as a lands program manager for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He has 16 years of experience working in non-profit conservation organizations. 

Over the past eight years, the visitor center has seen visitor numbers go from 55,000 in 2010  to 481,000 last year, Cogan said.

“Government figured out that we can operate the visitor’s center better than they can,” he said.

Through programs, donations and sales in its gift shop, Cogan said the alliance has raised $2.4 million since 2010.

“We are a non-profit, so the money goes right back to conservation,” he said.

Between 7,000 and 8,000 visitors per day come to the visitors’ center in September and October.

“During our Elk Expo in August, we see 18,000 visotors,” he added.

The 900 square foot gift shop sells only items made in the USA, Cogan said.

“We also feature local artisans work,” he said.

The most popular item? Elk jerky and elk sausage, according to Cogan.

“Prepackaged elk meat sells like crazy,” Cogan said.

Another big seller is apparel featuring elk graphics.

“Folks want to take a piece of elk country home with them, so if it has an elk on it they will buy it,” he added.

Cogan said the alliance has a marketig budget of about $30,000 annually, which they use to get the word out throughout the state about what they have to offer.

Cogan narrated and co-authored the script for the Pennsylvania Game Commission video titled; Pennsylvania Elk; Reclaiming the Alleghenies, presented lectures throughout the country on Pennsylvania Elk, appeared on numerous television shows, is a host of the national TV show “TomBob Outdoors, Friends in Wild Places,” is a life member of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, holds memberships with the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International. 

Cogan holds a Master’s Degree at Penn State University in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, a Bachelor Degree at Slippery Rock University in Natural Resource Management and an Associate Degree at Penn State in Wildlife Technology.  

by Cheryl A. Clarke

Tioga Publishing