2018 NRA YHEC National Championship July 22-27 at the Mill Cove Environmental Center
YOUTH HUNTER EDUCATIONAL CHALLENGE -- The Cove is shaping up for YHEC - new graveled roadway, storage buildings and generators in place, NRA crew clearing downed trees and the entire area mowed for the various activity venues. Welcome to Bob Davis, NRA Event Coordinator, and his crew of volunteers who will be hosting hundreds of youth competitors for a week of educational activities and competition.
Two wonderful presentations: Benjamin Wolf described his Primitive Camp Eagle Scout Project which helps to enhance the Mill Cove Master Plan.
Rawley Cogan, Executive Director of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, provided a very challenging and visionary Keynote talk about the future possibilities for the Mill Cove Environmental Education Center.
* see more pictures of the meeting in the Mill Cove Photo Vault section
Adirondack Shelter recently constructed by Boy Scout Benjamin Wolf and his fellow scouts for a start on the Mill Cove Primitive Camping area. One more element of the overall Mill Cove Master Plan. Many thanks to Ben for his vision and efforts to make this happen.
Cheers to our PR Workshop students! And a thank you to their client, Marilyn Jones from Mill Cove Environmental Center!
Benjamin Wolf has completed the Campfire Circle with the rustic benches made from a fallen pine trees taken from the Mill Cove Environmental Area. If you see Ben let him know how much this adds to the area and how much we all appreciate his efforts for the publics enjoyment.
Thank you Dominion Energy!
The Dominion Energy Foundation provided Mill Cove with an $8,000 grant to sponsor the Earth Day Celebration at Mill Cove in April.
Ron Minnick Operations manager for Dominion presents check to Rob Carleton, Mill Cove Inc. Treasurer.
Also in the photo were members of the Earth Day Committee - Dave Flesch, Earth Day Chairman, Marilyn Jones, Pat Butts and Dawn Hull.
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
Riparian Planting along the Growing Greener Stream-bank Stabilization Project at Mill Cove. Many thanks to these volunteers for their time and brawn in planting over 100 Willow spikes to put the finishing touches on this major Mill Cove Improvement.
Happy to report that most of the willow spikes that were planted 2 weeks ago along the Growing Greener project have leafed-out and are taking root. A wet spring has helped! Thanks again to the Board Members and volunteers who made this possible.
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.
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VOLUNTEERS ARE SHOWING UP TO CORRECT AND TAKE CARE OF THE SELFISH ACTS OF INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE WORK, DEDICATION, AND INTEGRITY OF OTHERS.
"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."
MILL COVE SHOOTING RANGE
As seen to the left
The Engineering Design for the Mill Cove Shooting Range was begun by the Larson Design Group in early 2014. Construction of the earthwork was completed with the very generous donation of labor and equipment by the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority during the summer of 2015. Interior finish grading and drainage, the shooting shelter and the 40 x 60 storage building was constructed the following year. The major components of the range such as the backstop material/height, side berms, ground surface/slope are all in compliance with the NRA design manual. The Shooting Range access road was constructed under contact with Mill Creek Paving & Excavating and the Storage Building by Buildings, Inc. of Covington.
The project consists of a 50-yard shooting range with earthen backstop and berms, covered shooting benches, a 40 x 60 storage building with privy type restrooms, interior drainage and retention basin, gravel parking area and an access road.
The Shooting Range is for group events and training and can only be used when a certified range officer is on site. The range may be reserved for use by organized groups. Possession of a loaded firearm is prohibited, except at an established shooting station on the firing line. Discharging armor-piercing, incendiary, tracer or multiple projection (including shotgun) ammunition or use of clay birds or automatic firearms is prohibited. Because of insurance issues, individual or personal use of the range cannot be allowed.
To reserve the range for a group event call: 570-549-2794