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Our Mission: Inspire Stewardship of Pennsylvania's State Parks and Forests
Snowy Woods or Woodsy Snow?
Oil Creek State Park
Photo by Jeremiah Gadsby
Good morning. It's bothersome to have to begin one of these messages with an apology but I must. Last Fridays didn't happen. I simply had one of those weeks where I was a day behind from the beginning. I even said something on a staff call about the weather being predicted to be nice until Thursday and only realized the next morning that it WAS Thursday at the time!

By now most of the scenes like the one above have melted away. Although it was posted on January 11th to the Exploring PA Parks & Forests Book of Faces so maybe things are still wintry in Oil Creek State Park. That would mean good cross country skiing. Find out on the DCNR Winter Report.

Pam Metzger
Membership Coordinator
Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation

News of Note

Monday is the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and the annual MLK Day of Service, a tradition that takes on a different look during this time of physical distancing and pandemic concerns. Americorps, the volunteer service coordinator for Day of Service events, has created an events calendar with activities at food and clothing banks and other needs with organizations committed to following all appropriate guidelines. 

Known local opportunities for service this MLK Day 2021: Events, volunteer opportunities in central Pennsylvania are listed in the York Daily Record. Meanwhile in Erie, which usually hosts an MLK Day march, other events will honor the slain civil rights leader.

When it comes to "service," no one could argue that Roberto Clemente personified a giving ideal. DOORS OPEN/Pittsburgh is sponsoring a virtual tour of the Clemente Museum in Lawrenceville on Monday, January 18 with tickets available on a pay-what-you-can basis with ticket sales supporting the Museum (which is currently closed). 

The 2021 Trail of the Year has been announced and it is the D&H Rail-Trail, a 38-mile rail-trail in Wayne, Susquehanna, and Lackawanna counties. Congratulations to the Rail Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania on the win.

Meanwhile, the American Birding Association announced that the pileated woodpecker is their selection as Bird of the Year for 2021. Seems a good time to revisit our Judges' Choice winner for Best in Show in the 2020 photo contest from Mark Boyd at Susquehannock State Park. Certainly the pileated is an  unforgettable sight when you happen to see one in flight. Or simply sitting on a branch, for that matter.

When it comes to the 2021 photo contest, we are working on categories for this year in which we plan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution. Start thinking about clean air, pure water, and scenic beauty and we'll announce the contest soon. Maybe you already have the perfect photo in your archive!

Pictures of the Week

Here is another gorgeous water shot from Felicia (of Fotography by) from Rapid Run in the Bald Eagle State Forest near R.B. Winter State Park. 
Marah Hoffecker paid a visit to Pinnacle on the Appalachian Trail thanks to the other members of the Hiking and Backpacking PA Facebook group. 
This shot from Juan Jose Landaverde is definitely one that you must click to for the full effect. As Bill just noted, "No reflection on you." This half of the photo at least is this week's jigsaw.
Anyone interested in historic structures should click to the photo of this bridge in the Loyalsock State Forest and salute the bridge's long-standing service.

Take Five for Trivia

I asked a question a long time ago but I don't remember what it was. Which ties in quite nicely with a trivia question my Dad asked me when we Skyped last week. He does a daily trivia thing online and his question that day was, "How long is short term memory?" He was given a multiple choice, so I'll do you the same favor: (a) a day; (b) 12 hours; (c) half an hour; (d) 30 seconds.

Send your answer to me and we'll just enjoy the answers through the end of January. I'll pick up with prize possibilities again come February 1. Deal?

In Closing

To read the speech, visit the Penn State News for 1/21/2019.
To find the historic marker, visit Waymarking.com
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