Funding comes from the ATV Management Restricted Account as authorized by Act 97 of 2016. For this grant application period, the ATV Management Restricted Account has approximately $600,000 available. As snowmobile grant funds have been fully obligated for this fiscal year, no snowmobile grants are available this round.There is no match requirement for this funding; however, applications that provide match funding will be given additional consideration.
The Pennsylvania Park and Recreation Society and Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators are still seeking educational session proposals for their 2020 Conference and Expo on March 17-20, 2020 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The conference will feature a wide variety of options, from half- and full-day pre-conference workshops to traditional 75-minute educational sessions.
The submission deadline is August 31. As an extra incentive, consider the conference’s keynote speaker: renowned author Richard Louv (Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle, Vitamin N).
With the award of a project grant from REI Pittsburgh, Hollow Oak Land Trust is working to install over 400 feet of new boardwalk along the Meeks Run Trail. This boardwalk is designed to help trail users stay high and dry, while allowing the wet terrain along Meeks Run to revegetate and serve as more productive wildlife habitat.
At two recent Monday Trail Luv sessions, volunteers have built over 300 feet of boardwalk with just over 100 feet to go. For more info on getting involved in this project, please visit the Hollow Oak Facebook page or email [email protected]
There are lots of events on the Circuit Trails in August for people of all ages, ability levels, and interests. Check them out here or on the Circuit Trails website.
The Bureau of Forestry of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) recently took the time to recognize the conservation volunteer work of KTA members Jane Huston and Ernie Werstler on the Mid State Trail. In a recent letter, district forester Matthew R. Beaver said the following of their work:
“I want to take this opportunity to formally recognize the outstanding efforts of your volunteer work on the Mid State Trail on the Bald Eagle State Forest. Your tireless efforts have been vital to the high-quality maintenance of the trail. You are a shining example of how volunteer collaboration can provide a great service to its members, the state forest system, and the citizens of the Commonwealth. The Bureau of Forestry applauds the contributions from both you and the Mid State Trail Association promoting hiking trail improvements in our state parks and forest. On behalf of the Bald Eagle State Forest, I wish to extend my sincere appreciation for your past accomplishments, and I look forward to future partnership opportunities for the benefit of state forests.”
The volunteers are a part of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) Conservation Volunteer Program, launched June 24, 1997, by Gov. Tom Ridge. The Conservation Volunteer Program encourages active participants to help the department carry out its mission of stewardship of the state park and state forest lands.
Hollow Oak Land Trust is presenting a two-part Greenways & Sustainable Trails workshop in partnership with Moon Township.
This workshop is designed for people who work in parks, trails, and planning, and for anyone interested in learning about the vital role of sustainably-designed trails in the region. Participants in the workshop can expect to learn more about greenway planning, land-use advocacy, and resilient trail design. Examples will include greenway trail projects in the Pittsburgh Airport area and Avonworth communities. An overview will be provided of collaborative efforts among over 30+ organizations and agencies to identify greenspace corridors throughout Allegheny County. The Allegheny Green Web coalition is developing the conceptual plan for integrating open space plans and comprehensive plans into an evolving regional strategy for open space connections.
The field session will give attendees an in-depth understanding of how to design, build, and maintain natural surface trails. Specialized hand tools will be used to demonstrate how volunteers can build these trails in terrain too rugged for traditional machinery.
August 27, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Field Session: Sept. 10, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$25 per session, $35 combined
Robin Hill Park (Moon Township)
Space is limited—advance registration is recommended:
Support for this workshop was provided by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Greenways & Trails Summit, Sept. 22-24. At the Summit, Hollow Oak will co-present a workshop, “Growing Pennsylvania’s Economy through Outdoor Recreation and Trail Development.”