To conserve and enhance Pennsylvania’s elk country for future generations.
The Keystone Elk Country Alliance, KECA, is committed to working with our partners and regional
and local communities to make the Elk Country Visitor Center a success. Our lead volunteer group has many years of experience raising private
dollars to enhance elk country across the US. The Elk Country Visitor
Center is an exceptional venue that provides a consistent conservation
education message for tens of thousands of visitors to our region. We
strongly believe that the Elk Country Visitor Center will be a
world class experience to build bridges of education and understanding
between urban and suburban environments. We are excited to focus our
efforts on the Elk Country Visitor Center and to conserve, protect and
enhance Pennsylvania’s elk country.
KECA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) wildlife
conservation organization that focuses their resources on
Pennsylvania’s elk herd and the Elk Country Visitor Center located in
Benezette. Conservation education is our number one priority. We accomplish this through our scheduled programs at The Center, participation in Outdoor Shows, County Fairs and other venues where we can interact with the public. We have had over 12,000 youth participate in our educational programs. In 2013, we launched our exciting Distance Learning program that allows us to take Elk Country to schools and civic groups that are unable to visit, through geographic or fiscal constraints. Our Conservation Education staff reaches out through online technology via Skype to complete our unique programs with the participants live. Our traveling elk trunk is shipped to the groups in advanced and packed full of antlers, hides, skulls and other informative items. We truly are a leader in conservation education and working hard every day to bring the Elk Country experience to people everywhere.
Our efforts of wise land stewardship are spreading across Elk Country. We are working closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Forestry and the Pennsylvania Game Commission to enrich habitat for elk and other wildlife through mowing, planting and other projects. We look forward to continuing and expanding these efforts in working with private land owners this year on a number of projects.
The Keystone Elk Country Alliance
is excited to be working with TomBob Outdoors. KECA's own Rawley Cogan
is a host on TomBob's "Friends in Wild Places" TV Show in 2013 and will continue spreading the message in 2014 with more new shows. These shows are a great view into the lives of Elk Country residents and they work, place and 'experience elk country'.
Check out this teaser of the Friends in Wild Places show.
Board of Directors of the Keystone Elk CountryAlliance
Chairman: John Geissler, 814-866-6421
Vice-Chairman: Ron Alcorn, 814-489-3939
Secretary: Lisa Lindsey 570-249-0411
Treasurer: Greg Yutzey 814-371-1760 David Spigelmyer, Cranberry Twp, PA
John D. Frith, Greensburg, PA
Terry L. Bryant, Wellsboro, PA
Scott Dunkelberger, Shermans Dale, PA
Linda Buchheit, Saint Marys, PA
Ex Officio: Alan Lichtenwalner, Emporium, PA
President & CEO: Rawland D. Cogan
Pennsylvania’s elk country is defined by the physical boundary
determined by the state wildlife agencies. Elk country includes the
people that live in elk country, elk, other wildlife including non-game
species, and their habitat.
KECA is excited to be managing the Elk
Country Visitor Center. The Alliance believes that conservation
education is paramount to developing future conservationists. The end
result of conservation education is not
simply that guests will learn about elk and their habitat. Visitors to
the Elk Center will experience elk country, many for the first time,
learn about elk, other wildlife and hopefully become inspired to join us
to complete our conservation work. If the Alliance is going to be
successful, visitors to the Elk Center must take a course of action to
become involved in our conservation efforts. Action can be described
as: joining a local banquet committee; attending a fund raising event;
becoming a volunteer at the Elk Center; or contributing financially. If
the Alliance is successful, the Elk Center will be successful and
Pennsylvania’s Elk Country will benefit.
Our members are the driving force behind the Keystone Elk Country Alliance. To see a listing of our "Founding Members" please click here.
The Keystone Elk CountryAlliancewill complete its mission through
Conservation Education at the Elk Center
Permanent land protection
Cooperation with private land owners and state natural resource agencies
Staff of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance
Carla Wehler, Operations Manager
Brandi Hanes, Visitor Center Supervisor
Steve Kronenwetter, Accounting
Courtney Colley, Conservation Education Coordinator
Teanna Kobuck, Conservation Education Specialist/Guest Relations
Andy Olson, Field Director/Project Wildlife Biologist
Deb Baum, Chapter Services
Steve Mecca, Maintenance
Dan Kiehlmeyer, Maintenance
Chad Woodward, Maintenance