Wolf Administration Highlights
State Investment for Snowmobile Trail Improvements in Lackawanna County
Lackawanna County, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today joined state Rep. Mike Carroll, Thornhurst Township officials, and snowmobiling
enthusiasts in celebration of the Wolf Administration’s recent investment
to support improvement of the Thornhurst
Snowmobile Trail in Pinchot State Forest.
in December 2017, funding will support ADA accessibility, a safe stream
crossing, landscaping, signage, and other related improvements at the
trail’s Red Pine Plantation section.
grant represents the Wolf Administration’s continuing support of DCNR’s
commitment to outdoor recreation and exercise in our state forest and
parks,” Dunn said. “Not only will snowmobiling enthusiasts benefit from
these improvements on this trail system, but upcoming work will address
improving ADA accessibility compliance and supplying a stream crossing with
minimal impact to the environment.”
secretary noted Pinchot State Forest District has a strong history of work
on the shared-use trail system to improve the experience of all using the
against a backdrop of snowmobiles and a DCNR trail-grooming machine parked
at the Manny Gordon Recreation Area, Dunn told an audience of snowmobiling
enthusiasts and township officials her department is committed to
furthering the sport of snowmobiling across the state.
more than 26 miles through Pinchot State Forest, the Thornhurst
Snowmobile Trail is managed for motorized, shared use, and provides ADA
access to individuals holding valid permits from DCNR. Expected to be
completed in two years, work on the Red Pine Plantation section will
provide a safe crossing over Sand Spring Run, improving water and
project also will include engineering and design, construction and
installation, and stone work. The project will be put out for bid, and work
is slated to begin after a contractor is selected.
can’t do anything about the weather, but when it does snow, we are ready
with grooming and other trail work in this district and others across the
state,” Dunn told the group. “We recognize the economic vitality trails
like this bring to rural areas, and improvements like this can only benefit
the trail, its users and the surrounding area.”
“The Red Pine Plantation
Trail provides many recreational opportunities in northeast Pennsylvania
and this grant will further enhance those opportunities,” said state Rep.
Mike Carroll. “The new stream crossing will allow snowmobile users and
others to safely cross the stream; at the same time the project will
stabilize the stream bank and improve water quality. I want to thank
Secretary Dunn and her staff for their work on this project.”
$400,000 grant was supported through the Pennsylvania Recreational Trails
Program. This funding comes from the Federal Highway Administration
actively supported snowmobiling in state parks and state forests by
grooming trails; focusing on safety and education; and working with
snowmobiling groups. When weather cooperates, Pennsylvania's state forests
offer thousands of miles and hundreds of acres of designated snowmobile
areas for exploration.
opportunities range from scenic trails through wooded areas, to
straightaway runs on roadways, to large, open spaces. Trails open the day
after the last day of Pennsylvania's regular or extended rifle deer season
and close April 1, or earlier as determined by the district forester.
information on snowmobiling in Pennsylvania, visit www.dcnr.pa.gov and select
Recreation, then “What to Do.”
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