News of note
As of this writing, the Parks & Forests Through the Seasons photo gallery showcase of winners from 2017's photo contest is on display at Canoe Creek. They'll be there through the end of the month so please stop by the environmental learning center and take a look. The deadline for entry in this year's contest is fast approaching on September 5 and we'd love to feature your picture in next year's gallery tour! Next stop after this is Parker Dam State Park beginning with a public reception on August 29.
The Rothrock State Forest's updated recreational trails plan was released at a public meeting on July 16. This comprehensive and ambitious plan will provide a great framework for the work of the new Friends of Rothrock so if you are in the State College neck of the woods and are interested in those trails, opportunity knocks here for getting in on the literal ground floor of the forest's trail system transformation.
Your next best opportunity meet the Friends and the trail plan is at the planned Rothrock Trail Fest at Tussey Mountain on September 29. Check out the details for what looks like a fun day on two wheels or feet!
Just arrived in the office this week - our new "been there, done that" bandana to be given to everyone who completes the Seen 'Em All Challenge and completes their Pennsylvania State Parks and State Forests Passport visits. How close are you to having been to all 121 parks and 20 forests? Let us know. Or get your copy and get started!
This week's Take Five includes a hello and a good-bye. Many of the Friends of Prince Gallitzin came to the meeting Wednesday night following a visit with the family of the late Twila Wright. Twila and her late husband Harvey were the original campground hosts in Crooked Run and were early and devoted friends of the park and all her visitors. They will both be sorely missed.
For PPFF, our hello comes in the form of a new board member - Brian Kavalukas of Pittsburgh. We were lucky enough to capture Brian's attention through the campaign to restore the shelters along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. Brian's enthusiastic support of that effort and indeed all of what we're doing led him to accept our invitation to the board. Meet Brian and all of our great board members on the website - or at a PPFF or chapter event near you!