‘Do you know the origin of that word, saunter?’

John Muir, as quoted in The Mountain Trail and Its Message in 1911: “Hiking—I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains—not hike! Do you know the origin…

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Dr. & Mrs. Joab Thomas’s Square Inch

I’ve been spending some time recently on scanning a few boxes worth of early Mount Nittany Conservancy archives that Ben Novak provided to me. As the Mount Nittany Conservancy’s founder and first president, Ben was…

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Marking 30 Years of the Mount Nittany Conservancy

The ability to look back and reflect on where we’ve been should always temper the path forward. In 1945, the Lion’s Paw Alumni Association (LPAA) saved 525 acres from lumbering through a fund-raising campaign among…

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The Changing Forest on Mt. Nittany

By Tom Smyth, MNC Board member, November 2008 On a recent sunny Sunday afternoon cars were parked down around the bend on ML Nittany Road and the trails were filled with hikers. As I headed…

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The Story behind the Mike Lynch Overlook

Have you ever considered why there is a Mike Lynch Overlook on Mt Nittany? This article, published in the June 2007 Mt Nittany News, contains the answer. Mike Lynch: Linchpin of Mount Nittany’s First Stewardship…

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