Outdoor Updates: 73-year-old California hiker rescued after missing for 7 days in the forest

73-year-old California hiker rescued after missing for 7 days in the forest

A 73-year-old man who became separated from his hiking group has survived after being lost in the forest for seven days without food. Eugene Jo disappeared in the Angeles National Forest and survived by snuggling up against hot rocks to stave off the cold of night and drinking water from the riverbed. Eleven search teams scoured the area for Jo before he was rescued on Saturday. Jo says he heard the voices of those searching for him and mustered all of his remaining energy to yell for help.

Jo’s family released a statement informing the public that he had been released from the hospital and was “pretty much his old self.” The statement goes on to explain that the family is “still barely comprehending the extent of this miracle and appreciate privacy at this time.” 

Pennsylvania’s Ricketts Glen State Park adds 143 acres of forestland

One of the most popular state parks in Pennsylvania is getting larger. Ricketts Glen State Park in northeast Pennsylvania will grow by 143 acres thanks to the efforts of The Conservation Fund, who acquired the land, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, who will add it to the total acreage of the park. 

The property is described as a missing puzzle piece that has opened new opportunities for hikers, explorers and wildlife-viewers to enjoy. The protected land is also an important habitat for migratory birds and wildlife. The land will also support local water quality and watersheds of the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay. 

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