Happy trails - New statewide advisory committee forming


The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is looking for a few good hiking experts. 
Well, actually 14 of them.
The agency is forming a new Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee to help build a statewide network of land and water trails, DCNR Secretary Richard Allan announced Jan. 23.
Applicants have until Feb. 21 to apply.
The committee's creation is expected to help bolster outdoor recreation and more healthy lifestyles. Its creation also fulfills some requirements for federal funding.
The Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Advisory Board, in existence since 1992, will be renamed and become the building block for the new committee.
The Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee will consist of up to 20 members appointed by the DCNR. Members will represent different types of trail users, builders and advocates, and people with disabilities.
The committee will advise the DCNR on the use of federal trails funding in Pennsylvania, review and rank trail project applications, and present an annual report to the DCNR secretary on the accomplishments of the preceding federal fiscal year.
Appointees will come from these trail-user organizations: mountain biking; snowmobiling; all-terrain vehicle riding; water trail users; people with disabilities; trail advocates; trail builders; trail planners; an educator or trainer related to trails; and hikers and four at-large members.
Appointees will serve for three consecutive years.
To obtain a nomination form, visit:
www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/recreation/trails/index.htm and choose "Nomination Form," call 717-787-7672 or email: roprunty@pa.gov.