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truer wilderness was “God’s Country” to her. She seemed surprised that her parents considered the area around their eastern home “God’s Country.” She didn’t see it that way, talking about the dying factory town and the crowded, almost suburban, trails in the mountains there. Alaska had spoiled her. The White Mountains of New Hampshire are tall and rugged by eastern standards and western-looking in their rockiness. Yes, there are often other people on the trails, but you can still be alone there and get lost in the dense woods (always trees!) if you’re not careful. I wouldn’t hesitate to call those New England mountains “God’s Country.” The take-away is that to each of us, “God’s Country” is something different. Standing on the beach at Presque Isle in Erie County as ocean-like waves roll in on a high wind and the sun sinks deep red into the watery horizon, as I have done, is to

To each of us, “God’s Country” is something different. To some it might be mountains, to others, rolling plains or miles of frozen tundra.
see another Pennsylvania brand of “God’s Country.” Surely there are those who gaze over Tinicum Marsh, on the outskirts of Philadelphia, at the wading birds and the skeins of ducks and see in that a “God’s Country.” Pennsylvania has its “official God’s Country,” at least in tourism region nomenclature, in the northern tier region. Like most of the “God’s Country” we have left in this nation, it isn’t pristine, not totally untouched by man. Even in the nature writer’s Alaskan “God’s Country,” her coastal hideaway had a cabin, sheds and a dock. The mainland and the road to the airport were a short boat ride away. People live in Pennsylvania’s “official
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God’s Country,” but their hand has been there more lightly than in most other places in the state. So much so that Cherry Springs State Park is that modern rarity, a place of dark skies. This spot in central Potter County has become deservedly famous among astronomy buffs and others who appreciate an inky sky with diamondpoint stars, luminous-disked planets and smudgy clouds of galaxies. It’s a sad commentary on our runaway technology and galloping population that being able to see a dark, starry night requires a special place be set aside. I worry about what is to become of “God’s Country” here in Pennsylvania with the Marcellus Shale gas-drilling boom. I know that developing domestic sources of energy is important to our society, although I wonder why we so often leave conservation out of any energy discussion. When I gaze over the “God’s Country” views in Pennsylvania in years to come, or when others that come after me stop at such overlooks, will they see darkly wooded hills with pale mist rising from deep and wild hollows? Or will it be just a patchwork of gas-well openings crisscrossed by pipeline rightsof-way and well access roads, with drilling trucks and well-tenders’ pickups shattering the forest’s ageless silence? Right now, 700,000 acres or one-third of our entire State Forest system has been leased and as many as 6,000 gas wells could be drilled there. And that’s not considering what’s happening on the parts of “God’s Country” that are privately owned land. I know the Game Commission is urging caution regarding development of Marcellus Shale gas resources on Game Lands, and such caution shows wisdom. We will be praised by generations to come if we wisely and carefully access those energy reserves, but we’ll surely be damned if we unwisely destroy our “God’s Country” in the process.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
Three Centuries and Counting
A Different Perspective
Trappin’ a Bobcat
Getting Extreme with Scent Control
Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
Looking Back Through Binoculars
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Three Centuries and Counting
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - A Different Perspective
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Trappin’ a Bobcat
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Getting Extreme with Scent Control
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Restoration
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Greatest Conservation Story in American History
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Conneaut Lake Goose Chase
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Looking Back Through Binoculars
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Crossings
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