KTA cares about our state forests

Members of the Keystone Trails Association hiked in Tioga county this weekend.

KTA members put their feet where their heart is.

Not only do they spends hours a week in Pennsylvania’s forests hiking, their Trail Care and Trail Crew volunteers contribute 3000 – 4000 hours of trail labor annually. Member clubs volunteer another 20,000 – 30,000 hours building and maintaining trails. If you’ve been out hiking, you’ve probably walked on their trails.

Now, some of their carefully maintained trails are bulldozed over and replaced with drilling pads, as was apparent this weekend during a hike at their meeting in Tioga County.

Tomorrow, the PA legislature is voting on House Bill 2235, which would put a 5 year moratorium on additional leasing of state forest land until the impact of drilling can be studied and better regulations are in place. The state has already leased 692,000 acres.

KTA members are not the only Pennsylvanians that enjoy our state forests. Call or email your representative today! or click here to use a form from PennEnvironment. Ask them to support (only) the  Levdansky amendment, not any other amendments that would water it down.

Watch Curt Ashenfelter, KTA Executive Director, speak about the organization’s position on HB 2235:

I am working on getting this video posted.

KTA has hundreds of thousands of members, either directly, or through one of their affiliated groups, including

  • NCTA – Allegheny National Forest Chapter (Tidioute, PA)
    PA Trail Dogs (Lock Haven, PA)
    Sierra Club – Pennsylvania Chapter (Harrisburg, PA)
    Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (Easton, PA)
    Forest Coalition (Boiling Springs, PA)
    Wilmington Trail Club (Wilmington, DE)
    Potomac Appalachian Trail Club-North Chapter (Carlisle, PA)
    Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (Vienna, VA)
    North Country Trail Association (Lowell, MI)
    Mountain Club of Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
    Cleveland Hiking Club (Cleveland, OH)
    Susquehannock Trail Club (Ulysses, PA)
    Quehanna Area Trails Club (St. Marys, PA)
    Asaph Trail Club (Wellsboro, PA)
    Allegheny Outdoor Club (Russell, PA)
    Warrior Trail Association, Inc. (Waynesburg, PA)
    Sierra Club-Allegheny Group (Pittsburgh, PA)
    Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy (Pittsburgh, PA)
    Butler Outdoor Club (Butler, PA)
    Woodbourne Forest & Wildlife Preserve (Montrose, PA)
    Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club (Laflin, PA)
    Sierra Club-Otzinachson Group (Orangeville, PA)
    Pocono Outdoor Club (East Stroudsburg, PA)
    Springfield Trail Club (Secane, PA)
    Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area (Pottstown, PA)
    Philadelphia Trail Club (Philadelphia, PA)
    Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy Inc. (Southeastern, PA)
    Friends of the Wissahickon (Philadelphia, PA)
    Chester County Trail Club (West Chester, PA)
    Berks Community Hiking Club (Shillington, PA)
    Batona Hiking Club (Broomall, PA)
    Appalachian Mountain Club-Delaware Valley Chapter (Newtown, PA)
    Allentown Hiking Club (Allentown, PA)
    York Hiking Club (York, PA)
    Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club (Harrisburg, PA)
    Mason-Dixon Trail System (Wrightsville, PA)
    Lebanon Valley Hiking Club (Lebanon, PA)
    Lancaster Hiking Club (Lancaster, PA)
    Cumberland Valley AT Club (Boiling Springs, PA)
    Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club (Reading, PA)
    Ridge & Valley Outings Club (Bellefonte, PA)
    Mid State Trail Association (Huntingdon, PA)
    Standing Stone Trail Club (Lewistown, PA)
    Alpine Club of Williamsport  (Williamsport, PA)

One comment on “KTA cares about our state forests”

  1. Thanks for putting up plug for KTA – and for it’s frack ban stance – they are one my favorite examples of a healthy state-wide coalition, umbrella group; I’ve been a member for “forever” and they’ve showed me as an individual and PA resident so many things on so many levels… I haven’t seen her in ages but would that be Jean Aron in the background there almost out of sight, Jean is awesome in trail activism…. they are all awesome folks in KTA!
    P.S. What is the location of the wellpad photo w/ Elizabeth that you reference at: https://pafaces.wordpress.com/about/?

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