EMPORIUMM – The Elk State Forest was busy with activity the weekend of Oct. 19-20, reported Jeanne Wambaugh, district forester.
The Sinnemahone Ultra Marathon Trail Run was on sections of the Bucktail Path. It was the anniversary of the Pepper Hill Fire and a wreath was placed on at Memorial Springs, which was built to honor those that perished). In addition, volunteers worked on the northern end of the Bucktail Path, she said.
According to her, there were 10 volunteers from the Keystone Trails Association (KTA) that began their weekend by digging into the side hill to reestablish the trail on the trail section from East Cowley Run toward Crooked Run, for approximately one half-mile. In addition, she said they cut several trees that had blown down across the trail and ran the power brush cutter on sections wide enough to support the machine.
Next, Wambaugh said they ran the power brush cutter and cut additional blown down trees on the next trail section from Crooked Run to Steammill roads. In total, she said they worked 122 hours and had an additional 42 hours driving to and from the area.
“We are fortunate to have individuals who are dedicated to our state forest lands and their love of hiking that they would commit to an entire weekend of physical labor,” said Wambaugh. “We thank you.”
If you would like to volunteer on state forest lands, please call 814-486-3353 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. or go online for more information. Also check out the Elk State Forest on Facebook here.