Due to the potential rain and with the melting snow, the Corps of Engineers has recommended closure of the Mill Cove Environmental Area due to elevated flood storage impacting the area. Be aware the entrance gate has been closed. Updates will follow as conditions improve.
NRA FOUNDATION AWARDS $3,416.75 TO MILL COVE, INC.
The NRA Foundation has awarded Mill Cove, Inc. a grant totaling $3,416.75 to fund the purchase of ammunition.
The ammunition will be used by National Rifle Association course instructors and by Mansfield University instructors with MU’s Public Safety Training Institute and Police Academy to assist in the training and education of the general public and MU students. These instructors use the Mill Cove shooting range to train their students in the proper and safe use of firearms.
"We are very excited that Mill Cove, Inc. received this grant and pleased that the NRA is making an investment in our community,” said Marilyn Jones, corporate secretary for Mill Cove, Inc.
Founded in 1999, Mill Cove, Inc. became a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization in 2002. Its board of directors operate and maintain the Mill Cove Environmental Area for recreation and environmental research purposes. The organization hosts Earth Day at Mill Cove each year with the exception of this year due to COVID-19 and also offers opportunities to picnic, hike, fish and shoot.
Annually, with the exception of 2020 because of the coronavirus, the Friends of the NRA has held a banquet at Whitneyville with a portion of the funds raised through the live and silent auctions donated to the NRA Foundation’s statewide grant program. “This was the fourth time Mill Cove applied for a foundation grant. We submitted the application between November and December of 2019. Due to COVID, the grants were awarded later than normal,” she said.
“Typically an instructor would have between 10 and 15 people in a class. Each participant usually shoots 100 to 150 rounds. Based on that and the average number of classes held in prior years, the ammunition should last about one year,” said Ms. Jones.
This year and in years past, the Game Commission has released pheasants in the Mill Cove Environmental Area because it offers good habitat for them. The Fish and Boat Commission stocks Mill Creek with trout annually. “Outdoor enthusiasts are provided with many opportunities between the shooting range, the pheasants and trout,” she said.
For information about how to join Mill Cove, Inc. in its efforts to improve recreational and environmental opportunities, contact Marilyn Jones at 570-549-2794.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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: http://bit.ly/clays4kids
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.
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."
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