Out of doors recreation in Pennsylvania is critical enterprise


August 9, 2022 | 3:00 p.m

  • Scott LaMar

    Scott LaMar has worked in radio and television for more than four decades.

    Currently, LaMar is the Host and Executive Producer of the daily news and public affairs program Smart Talk on WITF-FM, 89.5 & 93.3 in Harrisburg, PA.

    Previously, LaMar Sr. was Public Affairs Producer for WITF TV and produced the network’s award-winning weekly Public Affairs TV program Smart Talk.

    LaMar was a regular contributor to BBC World News TV before and after the 2020 US Presidential Election.

    The American Society of Civil Engineers honored LaMar with their 2020 national award for excellence in journalism. LaMar was the only honoree nationally. Since 2000, he has won more than a dozen Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcast Awards and has been nominated for five Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards.

    LaMar and Smart Talk have been recognized throughout the central Pennsylvania community, including the first ADVOZ Lancaster Dignity in Dialogue Award, the South-Central Assembly Regional Citizen Award, and the Humane Society of the United States/Pennsylvania .

    A native of Coatesville, PA, LaMar has also worked as a news anchor, sports play-by-play announcer, and manager.

Scott LaMar

Air date: August 9, 2022

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One of the bright spots of the COVID-19 pandemic is that more Pennsylvanians are getting outside to relax. There’s also no reason to think they’re going to stop. At a time when many were coming home from work and didn’t want to be stuck indoors, adults and children were visiting state parks, hiking trails, camping, swimming, or exploring.

Nathan Reigner, director of Outdoor Recreation in Pennsylvania, was on Tuesday intelligent speaking and commenting on what people were doing during the pandemic: “When the pandemic was declared there were three essential things that most of us had to do. Go to the grocery store to get our food. Go to the pharmacy to get our medicine. And step outside to enjoy our outdoor recreation. Outdoor recreation is essential to our daily lives and an essential part of our economy, particularly in our state’s rural areas, in small communities where outdoor recreation and the quality of life it brings are an important tool for economic development.

And they spent — nearly $12 billion, on outdoor recreation, according to the US Commerce Department.

Reigner credits the wide variety of outdoor recreation that Pennsylvania has to offer: “Your listeners may not see me as you do in the video, but they will see me looking at a map on the wall. And when I look at this map and think of outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania, we can go from the southeast. We have the John Haynes National Wildlife Refuge on the doorstep of Philadelphia International Airport which offers boating app opportunities, mentorship, hunting and archery programs for Philadelphia’s youth. We can go to the other corner of the state, Presque Isle State Park in Lake Erie, our most visited state park. You can see the sunset over a horizon, water on Lake Erie. We have the wilderness of Pennsylvania with virtually endless miles of hiking trails and rivers where you can bike, horseback ride, ride your ATV, or paddle your kayak or canoe. We have a surprising number of ski areas. We have more named railroads in our state than any other state. And all of that. Is accessible. Every well, all of this should be accessible to every Pennsylvanian, and we have the potential to make that happen. So I think what really makes us unique is the quality of our experiences, their diversity and the fact that they’re on our doorstep.”