by KTA Staff and Members
Recently, KTA staff and members attended two meetings in Lockhaven to review the findings from the Larson Design Group study that would potentially add a 27.3 mile new ATV trail through the Sproul State Forest to connect two existing ATV parks.
A couple of points were emphasized. First, there is no adequate law enforcement and public contact, and second, the proposed trail alignment does not connect the two designated ATV areas and therefore the trail is not feasible. Larson can't figure out how to take the trail down the mountain above Renovo (50% grade), through the Bucktail State Park Natural Area, through the Borough of South Renovo, and over the Rt. 144 bridge. The map of the proposed new trail has a puzzle piece over this area. However, the locals sitting near us were saying "just build it and we'll figure out how to get across the river". Of course these comments were from proponents of the project.
The ATV group repeatedly touted the Hatfield McCoy trail. KTA members commented that this is North Central Pennsylvania, not West Virginia or eastern Kentucky. Additionally, the ATV group wanted to have the partial trail alignment built without the missing chunk.
There also appears to be no account of species of special concern or any evaluation of vernal ponds or the Audubon special bird area project smack dab in the middle of the proposed alignment.
Some key points:
DCNR should be posting the map of the proposed trail online very soon.
Read more HERE and HERE.
KTA members are encouraged to participate when DCNR opens the comment period to the public.