The 2014-2019 Pennsylvania Land and Water Trail Network Strategic Plan provides the goals and recommendations for development of a statewide network of greenways and trails. Click on this to read this plan: http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_20030875.pdf
The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is also updating this plan and has analyzed existing data and input from external stakeholders and partners through surveys and facilitated discussions; completed an assessment of the 2014 plan’s progress; and reached out to all specialized trail user groups.
The 2020-2024 trail plan will be a companion document to the 2020-2024 Pennsylvania Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. DCNR will be accepting comments on the draft trail recommendations and actions through Thursday, June 25, through an online survey which is accessible here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X9NNLL9
NATURE NUGGET: Each year people all across the country unite on the first Saturday of June to celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, events won’t be held in person this year on June 6, but the American Hiking Society is still fighting for trail preservation and equitable access to the outdoors. On National Trails Day® 2020 American Hiking Society will partner with land managers, volunteers, and the public to take actions from home that preserve trails and public lands and help ensure access for all to quality natural spaces. More info: https://americanhiking.org/press-release/national-trails-day-2020-goes-virtual/
NATURE QUOTE: Think Outside….No Box Required. Unknown
“Porcupine Pat” McKinney is environmental education coordinator for the Schuylkill Conservation District and provides programming for people of all ages with an emphasis on schools, public programming and nature center development. “Porcupine Pat” hails from Marion, Ohio and has a BS with Distinction in Natural Resources – Environmental Interpretation from Ohio State. He is a recipient of the prestigious Sandy Cochran Award for Excellence in Natural Resources Education from the PA Forestry Association, the Schuylkill Pride Award, and the PAEE “Outstanding Environmental Educator Award.”