by Ed Lawrence, KTA Trail Care Chair
As you read this, the North Country Trail (NCT) Crew is at work improving the hiking experience on a part of the Pennsylvania section of that multistate, long-distance trail. Their Crew Week, which began on May 30, will last until June 4; you can still join them for the weekend and become part of the NCT action team.
Crew Week #2 will be returning to the Thunder Swamp Trail system in Delaware State Forest, Pike County. The crew will be based out of the Resica Falls Boy Scout Camp, with canvas tent and cot accommodations and plenty of work to be done.
The Chuck Keiper and Donut Hole Trails are on the crew schedule because the work that KTA participants get done June 13-18 is very important to the ongoing upkeep of these remote trails. Last year, the turnout for this crew was unusually low, which translated directly into less work getting accomplished. These trails need KTA’s volunteers to make a strong showing. Please consider spending all or part of this June week working with the crew based out of the ever-friendly Western Clinton Sportsmens Association’s campground.
The fourth week of Trail Care will focus on the Everett region of the Mid State Trail. Crew Leader Deb Dunkle never lacks for meaningful work on this edgy section of Pennsylvania’s longest hiking trail. The crew season will conclude with a week working on the Baker Trail, June 27–July 2. This venerable western Pennsylvania trail is new to the KTA lineup this year, and the Trail Care Program is excited to encourage active participation to help Trail Crew Leader Dewaine Beard whittle down his to-do list. As usual, all Trail Crews include camping and meals. Trail Crews account for the bulk of the hours of work that KTA contributes to the hiking community. Join in—it’s good work and good karma.