Mill Cove, Inc., aims to strike a careful balance between minimizing human impacts on the Mill Cove Environmental Area and making strategic use of this valuable resource.
The area’s natural features make it ideal for recreation and environmental education. Making modest improvements—such as constructing restrooms and an indoor meeting space, and providing running water and electricity—would greatly expand the site’s appeal and usefulness to a broad range of groups.Attracting responsible visitors to the Mill Cove Environmental Area offers substantial economic benefits for the region. In fact, the events that have already been held at Mill Cove, such as the biennial National Rifle Association Youth Hunter Education Challenge, have produced benefits for the regional economy reaching into the millions of dollars.
Further, the Mill Cove property presents an invaluable opportunity to develop an appreciation of the natural environment and outdoor pursuits among area residents and visitors.
No similar recreational and outdoor education facility currently exists in North Central Pennsylvania, and demand for such a site is strong. Despite the remote feel of Mill Cove, it is within a day’s drive of some 47 million people.The efforts of Mill Cove, Inc.—and its many partners—are aimed at keeping Mill Cove a natural treasure, sharing the outdoor experience, and generating economic benefits for the surrounding region.