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LINDA’S “God’s Country,” she feels, must have mountains. This view is across the Delaware Water Gap from Mt. Minsi, Pennsylvania.

To us Pennsylvanians, trees are the landscape. Our state, indeed much of the eastern United States, is defined by forests. Asked to conjure up a beautiful view, most of us would likely picture a sunset over wooded mountains or a lake with trees reflected in it. Or we’d see the trees themselves, dressed in their bright autumn colors. To us, “God’s Country” means trees. To the woman in Washington, it was a land without trees. Last spring, I canoed marshy streams and flooded wetlands with a friend who is a bird and waterfowl enthusiast. My friend grew up in the far northwestern part of Pennsylvania, and has spent time in eastern Ohio. Both regions have flat or almost flat terrain, and they don’t drain easily. As we paddled, I could tell from the joy on his face and his words that, to him, this was as beautiful a landscape as existed. It had the birds and water and sky and the marsh grasses and shoreline brush and trees (always trees!). To him, this was “God’s Country.” What was there not to like? I’ve lived in the flat country and I find it just “serviceable.” I’ll grant it has a certain wildness in its expansiveness and a moderate attractiveness, if you don’t need anything above a low horizon. But it is not my idea of “God’s Country.” For that I need mountains.
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To me, “God’s Country” doesn’t have to be many miles distant from a city, as long as the mountains are there. Some of the most beautiful wild places I know are in southeastern New York, in Harriman and Bob Steiner Bear Mountain state parks, where I’ve done a lot of hiking in the last few years, while visiting family. Sit on a craggy outcropping there and look one direction and in the distance is the Manhattan skyline. Look the other way and as far as you can see is a land of forest (trees again!) broken only by rock-studded lakes and dramatic cliffs on other mountainsides. Here in Pennsylvania, I’ve stood at the overlook at Wolf Rocks in the Laurel Highlands, the view from Rimrock above the Allegheny Reservoir. I’ve gazed across the Delaware from Mt. Minsi and watched circling flights of raptors at Hawk Mountain. I’ve camped on the ramparts above Pine Creek’s “Grand Canyon” and rock-hopped central-state vistas on the Mid State Trail. All are “God’s Country” to me and I’m sure are to many others. That’s why the trails lead there and overlooks are provided for visitors’ viewing pleasure. In one of the stories I read last winter in a compilation of nature writing, the author said she lived on the coast of Alaska. She talked about her parents visiting her and her husband. The parents were from northern New Hampshire and, knowing that area, I could identify from what she wrote which town near the White Mountains they lived in. The writer talked about how the big land of Alaska, with its wilder wildlife and
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 15
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
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Pennsylvania’s “Other” Fox
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 26
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 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Looking Back Through Binoculars
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 35
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
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 50
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2010 - NatureInse
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