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Environmentalists Tell Pennsylvanians, "Go Take A Hike"

June 5, 2009

Warren, PA - Saturday is National Trails Day, and environmentalists are urging Pennsylvanians to explore the state's many miles of hiking adventures and to remember that they represent more than just recreation. They say it's a chance to see a side of Pennsylvania residents may have forgotten about or never really got to know.

Kirk Johnson, executive director for Friends of Allegheny Wilderness, says the state's many miles of trails lying in nine proposed wilderness areas offer some valuable lessons on nature and conservancy.

"I think it's very important for people to get out and realize the significance of protecting these proposed wilderness areas, and hiking these trails is a great way to do that."

Preserving wilderness areas is as much about good business as it is about good will, says Johnson.

"The proximity of a wilderness area is cited as a reason why people move to an area, and it's also cited as a reason why people remain living in a particular area."

National Trails Day is a great opportunity for the whole family to experience Pennsylvania's unique natural resources, he adds.

"We have hemlock, beech, maple and oak. You're likely to see white tailed deer or a goss hawk, or maybe even a coyote or a fisher."

This year, National Trails Day comes at a time when state lawmakers are considering a budget that could include a 73-percent cut in tourism funding; a chunk of that money would usually be spent luring people from other states to Pennsylvania's natural attractions.

Tom Joseph, Public News Service - PA