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Pennsylvanians Told to “Hit the Trail”

June 6, 2008

Pittsburgh, PA – Go take a hike? It'll be a compliment on Saturday, for Pennsylvanians celebrating "National Trails Day," which was created to encourage people to discover, explore and exercise in the great outdoors. Kirk Johnson, with Friends of Allegheny Wilderness, says one of the best trails in the state is the 12-mile loop through the proposed Morrison Run Wilderness Area, because it's a good example of the diversity of species in Pennsylvania.

"From white-tailed deer, to fishers, to bald eagles. There is tremendous scenery, with a forest canopy, streams, and the Allegheny Reservoir."

Johnson says another reason to take some time along the Morrison Run loop is that it may not be the same in years to come, because of the pressure to drill for oil.

"Already, 15 oil wells have been drilled within the proposed wilderness area, and more are slated. So, it's important that people get out and enjoy the area while they can."

More than 50 events around the state will celebrate nature and trails. A list of events is online at

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - PA