News of note
Like the song says, "Ya gotta have friends." And we do! We got representatives of several eastern chapters together last weekend at Trexel Environmental Center in Lehigh County (with a William Penn State Forest satellite office) and will do the same for the westerners next weekend at Prince Gallitzin.
And the number of friends should be on the increase too. The first meeting of a potential Friends of Rothrock State Forest took place Monday night in State College with about 65 people on hand to hear what's involved with being a PPFF chapter and to begin to think about all the good things they could do for the Forest. The next meeting should take place sometime this month so please do keep an eye on Events.PAParksAndForests.org for the announcement.
Marci attended the legislative hearing for the next round of DCNR budgeting, so stay tuned for developments as this process unfolds.
The Photo Gallery Showcase of Winners has now departed the state capitol and will be on its way to Shawnee at the end of the month, commencing with an opening reception on March 29 - more details to follow on, you guessed it, Events.PAParksAndForests.org!
Drumroll please! It was a close call, but the winning name for the Bus Transportation Pilot Program is ... Wilderness Wheels! We can't wait to put the pilot into service and bring more people outside to enjoy the things you already know are special in Pennsylvania's state parks and forests. If you'd like to contribute and expand the program, consider our fund at http://bit.ly/PPFFBusScholarships
A recent article in Outside magazine pegged the contribution of outdoor recreation to the American economy at very nearly $374 BILLION, or 2% of GDP. And it's growing at 3.8% - a faster rate than the economy as a whole.
Granted, the figures take in outdoor recreation on a massive scale (and include expensive activities like motorized recreation) but the things we care about most (hiking, backpacking, bicycling, paddling, etc.) accounted for $10 billion. Those quiet forms of recreation still make a LOT of noise!
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