Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team (PWPT)

The Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team (PWPT) is a group of county planners, regional economic development and heritage organizations, local government associations and other stakeholders. The PWPT meets regularly to share information, discuss potential impacts—positive and negative—of the initiative in the 12-county region, and to undertake activities collectively to assist communities in capitalizing on the economic potential of the initiative without spoiling the area's rural character and charm. The PWPT has developed an Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreement to formalize this partnership as well as to make the Planning Team eligible for state funding under the PA Department of Community and Economic Development Shared Municipal Services Program.

The following is a list of Team members:

County Government:

  • Tioga County Planning Office
  • Lycoming County Planning Office*
  • Clinton County Planning Office
  • Clearfield County Planning Office
  • Jefferson County Department of Development
  • McKean County Planning Office
  • Warren County Planning Office
  • Elk County Planning Office*
  • Cameron County Industrial Development Authority
  • Forest County Planning Office
  • Potter County Planning Office
  • Clarion County Department of Planning and Development

Regional Economic Development Organizations (Local Development Districts):

  • North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission
  • Northwest PA Regional Planning and Development Commission
  • Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission
  • SEDA-Council of Governments*

Regional Heritage Organizations:

  • Lumber Heritage Region
  • Route 6 Heritage Corridor

Regional Tourist Promotion and Marketing Organization:

  • PA Wilds Marketing Corporation (non-profit comprised of the 8 tourist promotion agencies in region)

Local Government Associations:

  • County Commissioners Association of PA
  • PA State Association of Township Supervisors

State Government:

  • PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources*
  • PA Department of Community and Economic Development*

*PWPT Steering Committee Members


Pennsylvania Wilds Tourism Marketing Corporation

The mission of the Pennsylvania Wilds Tourism Marketing Corporation is to promote the growth of tourism and related-businesses in the 12-counties located in north central Pennsylvania. The corporation is comprised of eight Tourist Promotion Agencies (TPAs) responsible for marketing the Pennsylvania Wilds and their respective regions. The Pennsylvania Wilds Tourism Marketing Corporation was established through a regional marketing grant from the Pennsylvania Tourism Office and matched with local contributions from the participating TPAs. The primary goal of the Pennsylvania Wilds Corporation is to establish a strong coalition of public and private partners with the goal of branding the Pennsylvania Wilds as the premier destination for outdoor experiences in the eastern United States. A web site,, has been created to market the region as well as the establishment of a toll-free number 800-577-2029.

Members of the Pennsylvania Wilds Tourism Corporation are as follows:

Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau

Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority

Clinton County Economic Partnership

Lycoming County Visitors Bureau

Northwest Pennsylvania's Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau

Potter County Visitors Association

Tioga County Visitors Bureau

Warren County Visitors Bureau


Lumber Heritage Region

Provides organizational and administrative assitance to the Pennsylvania Wilds initiative.


Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail

This initiative's designed to increase the visibility and profitability of artisans in the region. Many small business enterprises crafting and selling PA Wilds-branded products are benefiting from this effort.