Posted: May 21st, 2010
Around the outdoors
News and notes that might be of interest to outdoorspeople in northwestern Pennsylvania:
- New York state will save a reported $12 million by gating 41 parks and historic sites including Long Point State Park at Bemus Point, N.Y. The Long Point marina will remain accessible through a separate entry point. The Quaker Beach swimming area at Allegany State Park near Salamanca also will be closed. Trail maintenance in in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties also has been limited.
- The Guys Mills Heritage Fest is scheduled for June 26 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Erie National Wildlife Refuge in Guys Mills. Migratory birds will be the theme; take bird walks, check out displays from the Audubon Society and Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center and view work from local wildlife artists.
- Six conservation groups have founded the Pennsylvania Wilderness Coalition, an advocacy group that aims to get wilderness designation for the Allegheny National Forest.
Founding members are Friends of Allegheny Wilderness; The Sierra Club, Pennsylvania Chapter; Pennsylvania Division, Izaak Walton League of America; Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited; The Wilderness Society; and the Campaign for America’s Wilderness of the Pew Environment Group.
The coalition says only some 9,000 acres — less than 2 percent — of the 513,000-acre forest is protected as wilderness. Such federal designation adds lands to the National Wilderness Preservation System.
- All national parks and national wildlife refuges and some Bureau of Land Management areas will be open to the public free of charge June 5-6, Aug. 14-15, Sept. 25 and Nov. 11.
- Plan your hikes in the Clarion County area with the help of a mapping program developed by Clarion University graduate Mitch McAdoo. Clarion Chapter of the North Country Trail Association members helped McAdoo collect details for the map.
- Four Allegheny College juniors have earned awards from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. Sarah Wurzbacher of Titusville and Carlyn Johnson of Newburyport, Mass., each won a scholarships worth as much as $5,000. Ali Trunzo, of McMurray, and Shane Dowling, of Cranberry Township, won honorable mention citations and $350 awards. Udall Scholars are selected by a review committee on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement.
- Allegheny’s Creek Camp takes place in July.