Mill Cove Environmental Area News Updates

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.


The Mill Cove Environmental Education Center Board has a tough decision to make regarding financing a bridge on the Army Corp property. The board has the challenge and decision in front of them how to fund the project that likely will come to utilizing the Education Center project monies. Many board members are reluctant to utilize money donated for the building project that will indeed delay the Mill Cove's goal to construct the educational center. This mission and dream of the board was coming to the point of reality with major contributors kick starting the project with the groundwork and the first phase about to begin. The project now will be delayed after the Army Corps pressure to replace the bridge on their grounds that many felt shouldn't be  Mill Cove's responsibility. 

Unfortunately the M.C. board hands are tied and likely will be forced to utilize money from the building fund to replace this Army Corp asset.

Clays for Kids

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!

Mill Cove Area and Eagle Scout Benjamin Wolf

PA State Rep. Clint OwlettOctober 23 at 1:41 PM · 

I recently presented Benjamin Wolf with a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in recognition of him attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Benjamin, age 14, is a member of Troop 106 in Mansfield, and the son of Josh Wolf and Dawn Hull. 

For his Eagle Scout project, he designed and built a primitive campsite consisting of a lean-to, a fire pit and four benches on Loop Trail at the Mill Cove Environmental Area. 

The Boy Scouts of America is a great program that teaches life skills, builds character and encourages good citizenship.

The average age of those who gain Eagle Scout status is 17, which makes Benjamin’s achievement that much more special. He is now among the only 4 percent of Scouts who makes it to the rank of Eagle Scout. Congratulations, Benjamin!

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


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.


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:

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

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.

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 "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."

Facility Updates


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