Over the past 5 years members of the Pennsylvania Trail Rider Association, PaTRA www.patrailriders.org have worked with the Bald Eagle State Forest to remediate and maintain the designated and marked 20 plus mile trail system located on Shade Mountain in Snyder County. The trail head is located on Rt. 235 south of Beaver Springs at the top of the mountain. Trail Bosses included Mike Pool of Carlisle and Steve Bottiger of Lewisburg. Over 50 different volunteers and PaTRA members from all over the state worked to complete the repair of bridges, excavate diversions, install water bars and clearing the trail of dangerous snags and low hanging growth. At several locations cinder blocks were installed to stop serious erosion. The typical work day saw the riders working in the cooler mornings, having lunch and then spending the remainder of the day riding the system. Well over 1000 hours of work was logged in 2011, 2012 and 2013, with additional hours added in 2014. In 2015 PaTRA received a $1000 donation from Tourateck. Over 2/3 of that was used to rent equipment for the work on the trail to eliminate erosion by installing diversions and drain outs. None of the PaTRA volunteers received pay or travel expense except for the free lunch provided by the trail bosses Mike and Steve. The trail will be open the June Memorial Day weekend thru the end of September, and after deer season in mid-December thru April 1. Shade Mtn. Trail map can be accessed thru the PaTRA’s website. Follow links below.
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2015 DCNR Plans Series of Public Meetings To Review Draft State Forest Management Plan Harrisburg, PA – A series of 12 statewide meetings has been planned by the state Bureau of Forestry to seek continued public input on changes to its master management plan charting the course of Pennsylvania’s state forests for future generations.
“Implementation of our last State Forest Resource Management Plan in 2007 gave us a solid foundation from which to manage our 2.2 million acres of state forest land, but eight years brings new threats, challenges and potential,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Changes proposed today enable us to better plan for tomorrow.” “Gifford Pinchot defined conservation as ‘wise use of the earth and its resources for the lasting good of men,’ and that tenet is embodied in this plan,” Dunn said.
“I invite all our state forest visitors to attend these sessions and learn more about the woodlands they know and love. Their attendance is crucial for the understanding of proposed updates, and these meetings are in line with the bureau’s ongoing commitment to continuously interact with the public on state forest management.
- Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area, DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry has scheduled 12 public meetings across the state to seek comment on revisions to its forest management plan.
Starting at 6:30 p.m. and lasting about two and one-half hours, these meetings specifically will focus on proposed plan revisions. The plan can be found at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/stateforestmanagement/sfrmp/2015sfrmp/index.htm
Scheduled meeting dates and locations are:
• Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Oct. 6, The Woodlands Resort;
• Stroudsburg, Oct. 7, Stroudsmoor Inn;
• Philadelphia: Oct. 8, Fairmount Park Horticultural Center;
• Renovo, Oct. 21, Renovo High School Cafeteria;
• Coudersport, Oct. 22, Pa. Lumber Museum, Josh Roth;
• Bedford, Oct. 27, Bedford Travelodge, Kathy Leonard;
• Pittsburgh, Oct. 28, Double Tree Hotel, Monroeville;
• Clarion, Oct. 29, Park Inn by Radisson;
• State College, Nov. 3, Ramada Inn-Nittany Room;
• Carlisle, Nov. 10, Comfort Suites;
• Williamsport, Nov. 12, Genetti Hotel-Terrace Room; and
• Harrisburg, Nov. 17 or 18, Rachel Carson State Office Building.
Written comments will be accepted until November 30. Interested parties may submit comments at StateForestPlan2015@pa.gov; at one of the public meetings; or by mail at: Bureau of Forestry Planning Section, P.O. Box 8552, Harrisburg PA 17105-8552.
There is also a webbased survey, available at the above website, which is a convenient way to provide feedback on the plan. MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Novak, 717 772-9101 Terry Brady, 717 705-2225 ###
- The trail bike system on Shade Mountain, and the single track sections of the Dual Sport Trail System in Bald Eagle State Forest is officially CLOSED for the 2015 season. The Forestry roads and designated 4×4 trails are still open. Remember hunting season is starting, there will be hunters out in the woods. Help keep our riding areas open and ride with respect.
The Pennsylvania Trail Rider Association put on their 21st annual 7 Mountains Dual Sport event on Sunday, June 21…and it was the first time in 21 years that rain affected the ride.Saturday night Mother Nature decided to flush out the mountains with 2.1 inches of rain. But the event planners had a Plan B just for that situation. After some quick changes to the route arrowing and a revised route sheet, the event started at 9am without a delay. Three DCNR staff showed up to monitor the event and were impressed with the last minute changes that PaTRA put into play. They received a huge applause of appreciation at the riders meeting.
Basically PaTRA took out all the single track that would be damaged due to the wet conditions, and rerouted the riders onto some of the most rugged “Drivable Trails” you have ever seen (old ratty jeep trails)…laced with monster pools of water in all the low spots. The route was a fast paced one but riders traversed all seven mountains and scenery that goes with it coupled with a sunny day and absolutely no dust. The 8 mile long Shale Trail put in by DCNR was a favorite of all the riders right before the noon break. Only 3 breakdowns were reported and no injuries. The route included a gas truck and snack/water stop at the western most point in the event. The return route includes great sections like Panther Run, Magic Carpet Ride and Henstep. The dreaded Captain Jack did not make an appearance this year like he sometimes does, but he is rumored to have ordered up the RAIN. So now we know that on the longest day of the year, 21 is not a winning hand, and ole Jack is rumored to be working on something for next years ride.
The riders circled back off ole Jack’s Mountain to Laurelton for BBQ chicken dinner in the open air pavilion put on by the gals from the West End Social Club….no one went away hungry. Everyone commented on the easy to read route sheet, good arrowing and the awesome gated Shale Trail. The event will be even better next year with a different route, part of a three year rotation plan to keep the trails from being hammered. PaTRA uses all the funds to support the local economy and to pay for machine work on the trails for the Dual Sport Loops and Shade Mountain ORM Trail. No one receives a salary or compensation from the non-profit PaTRA, which is in its 41st year of operation. We hope you enjoyed the event. Next year will be even better….and most importantly, we hope everyone will come back and bring another rider with you. Captain Jack is up there….waiting.